2020 Legislative Update

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Updated January 20, 2020, 9:00 a.m.

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Florida faces many vital issues related to managing and planning for growth, conserving critical lands and waters, and protecting the environment. During the most recent Florida Legislative Session, more than 3,500 bills were introduced with only 194 passing into law. To make the best use of our limited resources, each session 1000 Friends identifies our top priorities, focusing first on legislation and budget items related to statewide planning, growth management, local government home rule and transportation, and statewide land and water conservation, recognizing that there are myriad groups addressing other issues. Below is an initial list of bills we are monitoring for the 2020 session based on 1000 Friends’ priorities, presented with the understanding that this list will expand as the session progresses.

Bill Status: PASSEDDID NOT PASS

 

2020 Florida Legislative Session


URGENT! ACTION NEEDED!

Bill #/SponsorTitle / Description
SB 1766 by Lee
HB 519 by J. Grant
OPPOSE HB 519 & SB 1766 Private Property Rights Protection
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ACTION NEEDED:  Please contact the sponsors of HB 519 and SB 1766 and your legislators and ask them to halt HB 519/SB 1766 in its tracks:

Representative James W. “J.W.” Grant, R-Tampa, Sponsor of HB 519 – 850-717-5064 or james.grant@myflhouse.gov

Senator Tom Lee, R-Thonotosassa, Sponsor of SB 1766 – 850-487-5020 or lee.tom.web@flsenate.gov

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Find out more about the bill.

The House Civil Justice Subcommittee considered HB 519 during its January 16 meeting. https://thefloridachannel.org/videos/1-16-20-house-civil-justice-subcommittee/. The subcommittee’s consideration of the bill begins at 2:44:45. See the testimony against the bill from 1000 Friends Policy and Planning Director Jane West starting at 2:56:30.

BILL SUMMARY:

HB 519 Private Property Rights Protection (J. Grant) and SB 1766 (Lee) would hinder local governments in managing growth and expose them and their taxpayers to unlimited liability. The bill requires a local government, when settling property rights claims under the Bert Harris Act, to apply the same settlement to all “similarly situated residential properties.” If the government settles or the property owner secures a judgment declaring an inordinate burden, there is a presumption that similarly situated parcels are also inordinately burdened and entitled to the same settlement terms or judicial determination. The bill also makes it easier for a private property owner to challenge a local regulation burdening his or her property. It reduces the time for governments to respond to Harris claims from 150 to 90 days, and increases the likelihood of governments paying the property owners attorney fees. It expands possible compensation to business damages. January 16: The House version of the bill was made worse through an amendment in the Civil Justice Subcommittee to include the denial of comprehensive plan amendments as grounds for Bert Harris claims, make attorney fees recoverable for property owners but not local governments, and negate the requirement that magistrates overseeing claims be certified mediators.  

House referrals:  Civil Justice Sub-Committee (passed 1/16); Commerce; Judiciary 

Senate referrals: Judiciary; Community Affairs; Rules


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CONSERVATION LEGISLATION

Bill #/SponsorTitle / Description
SB 150 by Brandes
SB 150 Sanitary Sewer Laterals
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SUPPORT SB 150 (Brandes) encourages counties and municipalities to establish a sanitary sewer lateral inspection program and requiring a seller of real property to disclose any known defects in the property’s sanitary sewer lateral – its connection to a main sewer line.  The bill would also establish and maintain a publicly accessible database to store information when a damaged or deteriorating sanitary sewer system has been identified.

Senate referrals:  Environmental and Natural Resources (passed 11/13); Judiciary (passed 12/10); Rules


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HB 113 Roach
SB 172 by Bradley
OPPOSE SB 172 & HB 113 Florida Drug and Cosmetic Act
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SB 172 (Bradley) and HB 113 (Roach) would preempt the regulation of over-the-counter proprietary drugs or cosmetics to the state. This preemption would nullify local bans on sunscreen to protect damage to coral reefs, such as the one passed by Key West. 1000 Friends of Florida generally supports the authority of local governments to regulate activities within their borders – home rule – and opposes these bills.  

Senate referrals: Community Affairs (passed 10/14); Industry, Innovation and Technology (approved 11/4); Rules (approved 1/15).

House referrals:  First reading (1/14); Health Quality Subcommittee (passed 11/6); Local, Federal and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee (passed 1/21); Health and Human Services Committee.


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HB 6043 by Grieco & Eskamani
SB 182 by Stewart
SUPPORT SB 182 & HB 6043 Preemption of Recyclable and Polystyrene Materials
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SB 182 (Stewart) and HB 6043 (Grieco, Eskamani) seek to delete preemptions of local laws relating to the regulation of auxiliary containers, plastic bags and polystyrene, thus opening the door for more local government control over single use plastics and polystyrene. It was filed in response to an appeals court ruling that struck down a local ordinance in Coral Gables that banned polystyrene from restaurants, supermarkets and other food establishments in the city. 1000 Friends of Florida generally supports the authority of local governments to regulate activities within their borders – home rule – and supports these bills.  

Senate referrals:  Community Affairs, Environment and Natural Resources and Rules.

House referrals:  First reading (1/14); Business and Professions Subcommittee; Local, Federal and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee; Commerce Committee


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HB 547 by Fitzenhagen
SB 200 by Montford
SUPPORT SB 200 & HB 547 Advanced Well Stimulation Treatment
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SB 200 (Montford) and HB 547 (Fitzenhagen), a similar bill, broadly ban the drilling method known as fracking, and include both “high-pressure well stimulation” and “matrix acidization.” Fracking is prohibited under the bills, even in cases where having a permit for drilling and operating a well are authorized. 

Senate referrals: Environment and Natural Resources, favorable treatment (5-0) on 11/4/19; Innovation, Industry and Technology; Appropriations 

House referrals: First reading (1/14); Agriculture & Natural Resources Subcommittee; Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee; State Affairs Committee 


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SB 318 by Stewart
SB 318 Sale of Sunscreen
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SB 318 (Stewart) would prohibit the sale, offer for sale, or distribution of sunscreen products with ingredients harmful to coral reefs to a consumer who does not have a prescription.  

Senate referrals: Environment and Natural Resources; Commerce and Tourism; Rules 

No House referrals as of 1/3 


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HB 73 by Overdorf
SB 326 by Perry
SB 326 & HB 73 Environmental Regulation
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SB 326 (Perry) and HB 73 (Overdorf) are similar, broad bills vulnerable to potentially harmful amendments pertaining to environmental regulation.  The bills pertain to recycling contractors and the procedures for managing and rejecting residential recycling containers but also seek to regulate dock permitting. Similar legislation in the 2019 session became a vehicle for measures with harmful impacts on the environment. January 15:  The bill was amended on 1/15 to include definitions and procedures for contaminated, recyclable material.

Senate referral: Environment and Natural Resources (passed 11/4/19); Community Affairs (passed 12/9/19); Rules.

House referrals: Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee (passed 10/16/19); Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee (passed 12/11/19); State Affairs Committee (passed 1/16). 


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HB 849 by Altman
SB 332 by Stewart
SB 332 & HB 849 Land Acquisition Trust Fund
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SB 332 Land Acquisition Trust Fund (Stewart) in a copy of a bill she introduced in the 2019 session, requires $100 million a year to be appropriated from the Land Acquisition Trust Fund to the Florida Forever Trust Fund, and bars any of those funds from being used for administrative expenses in several state agencies with environmental responsibilities. 

HB 849/Altman, a similar bill, also requires $100 million a year to be appropriated from the Land Acquisition Trust Fund for the Florida Forever Trust Fund and bars its use for administrative expenses. It also extends the period by which any bonds must be retired from 2040 to 2054.   

Senate referrals: Environment and Natural Resources; Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment and General Government; Appropriations  

House referrals:  First reading (1/14)  


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SB 386 by Bradley
SB 386 Water Management District Boundaries
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SB 386 Water Management District Boundaries (Bradley) revises the boundaries of the Suwannee River Water Management District and the Southwest Florida Water Management District to include all of Levy County within the Suwanee River Water Management District boundary; providing for the transfer on a specified date of land and other incidentals from the Southwest Florida Water Management District to the Suwanee River Water Management District for certain lands within Levy County.

Senate referrals:  Environment and Natural Resources; Appropriations Sub-committee on Agriculture, Environment and General Government; Appropriations


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HB 489 by Plasencia & Fine
SB 438 by Harrell
SB 438 & HB 489 Land Acquisition Trust Fund
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SB 438 (Harrell) & HB 489 (Plasencia, Fine) Land Aquisition Trust Fund, also introduced in the 2019 session, would require the lesser of $50 million or 7.6 % of the Land Acquisition Trust Fund to be appropriated every year for certain projects to carry out the Indian River Lagoon Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan. The bill authorizes the Department of Environmental Protection to distribute grants to be matched locally for those projects, which can include septic to sewer conversions and wastewater treatment upgrades.  

1000 Friends strongly advocates action to restore the Indian River Lagoon, but believes it is inappropriate to use funds designated for land acquisition to finance “pipes and pumps,” as called for under this legislation.   

Senate referrals: Environment and Natural Resources; Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment and General Government; Appropriations  

House referrals: First reading (1/14); Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee; State Affairs Committee; Appropriations Committee 


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SB 454 by Rodriguez
SB 454 Discharge of Domestic Wastewater
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SB 454 (Rodriguez) would prohibit the construction of new deep injection wells for domestic wastewater discharge or the expansion of existing wells. It would also require current ocean outfall and deep well injection permitholders to install a functioning reuse system within the utility’s service area by specified dates and prohibit the discharge of domestic wastewater through ocean outfalls and deep injection wells after specified dates.

Senate referrals: Environment and Natural Resources; Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment, and General Government; Appropriations. 


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SB 638 by Montford
SB 638 Apalachicola Environmental Trust Fund
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SB 638 (Montford), similar to a bill he introduced in the 2019 session, would annually reserve at least $12 million from the Florida Forever Trust Fund for land acquisition and infrastructure projects to improve water quality in the Panhandle areas struck by Hurricane Michael in 2018.

Senate referrals: Environment and Natural Resources (passed 12/9); Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment, and General Government; Appropriations


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HB 153 by Fine & Roth
SB 640 by Harrell
SUPPORT SB 640 & HB 153 Indian River Lagoon State Matching Grant Program
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SB 640 (Harrell) and HB 153 (Fine, Roth) are similar bills that provide that certain projects identified in a specified Indian River Lagoon Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan are eligible for state funding. They direct the Department of Environmental Protection to coordinate with water management districts to identify projects and grant recipients.

Senate referrals: Environment and Natural Resources (passed 12/9); Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment, and General Government; Appropriations.

House referrals: First reading (1/14); Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee (passed 11/13); Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee; State Affairs Committee. 


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HB 405 by Good
SB 686 by Gruters
SB 686 & HB 405 Stormwater Management Systems
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SB 686 (Gruters) and HB 405 (Good) direct water management districts, with DEP oversight, to adopt rules for standards relating to stormwater management for new development and redevelopment projects.

Senate referrals: Environment and Natural Resources; Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment, and General Government; Appropriations.

House referrals: First reading (1/14); Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee; Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee; State Affairs Committee. 


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HB 1343 by Payne
SB 172 by Mayfield
SB 712 & HB 1343 Water Quality Improvements
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Titled the “Clean Waterways Act”, SB 712 (Mayfield) requires the Department of Environmental Protection, in coordination with the Department of Health, to develop a report to be submitted to the Legislature by a specified date on the impacts of a transferring regulatory authority over septic tanks from DOH to DEP. The bill also revises the requirements for a basin management action plan for an Outstanding Florida Spring, requires DEP to establish a real-time water quality monitoring program, and establishes a wastewater grant program within DEP.

A related bill, HB 1343 (Payne) addresses many of the same issues as SB 712.  

Senate referrals: Community Affairs (passed 12/9); Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment, and General Government; Appropriations. 

House referrals: Agriculture & Natural Resources Subcommittee; Appropriations Committee; State Affairs Committee


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SB 722 by Montford
SB 722 Land Acquisition Trust Fund
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SB 722 (Montford) requires $50 million a year through the 2026-27 budget year to be spent from the Land Acquisition Trust Fund on conservation and management projects, including reforestation; ecosystem management; fire control; debris removal; pollution mitigation; beach nourishment; coastal or shore protection structures; and land acquisition.

Senate referrals: Environment and Natural Resources; Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment, and General Government; Appropriations. 


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SB 1794 by Hutson
SB 1794 Constitutional Amendments Proposed by Initiative
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SB 1794 (Hutson) makes it harder for citizens to get constitutional amendments on the ballot.  It requires the Secretary of State to submit an initiative petition to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate when a specified percentage of the required statewide signatures is obtained; authorizes a citizen to challenge a petition circulator’s registration; requires the court to take specified action if the petition circulator is not registered; provides that the Division of Elections or a supervisor of elections may provide petition forms in electronic format.


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SB 1608 by Mayfield
HB 791 by Fitzenhagen
SUPPORT HB 791 & SB 1608 Florida National Estuary Program Act
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HB 791 (Fitzenhagen) and a similar bill, SB 1608 (Mayfield), would require DEP to give funding consideration to estuaries identified under National Estuary Program, require funds to be used for specified projects, and require programs receiving funding to submit report to Governor, Legislature, DEP, & water management districts. 

House referrals: First reading (1/14); Agriculture & Natural Resources Subcommittee; Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee; State Affairs Committee

No Senate referrals as of 1/9 


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SB 7106 by Albritton
SB 1042 Aquatic Preserves
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SB 1042 (Albritton) would create Nature Coast Aquatic Preserve but prevent its establishment and management from infringing upon “riparian rights” of upland property owners adjacent to or within the preserve.  

Senate referrals: Environment and Natural Resources (Hearing 1/21)


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SB 1098 by Cruz
SB 1098 Fees/Bottled Water Companies/Department of Environmental Protection
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SB 1098 (Cruz) would assess bottled water companies a fee of 5 cents per gallon on water extracted for the production of bottled water, deposit the fees into the Water Protection and Sustainability Program Trust Fund, and fine companies that fail to comply. 

Senate referrals: Environment and Natural Resources; Agriculture; Appropriations 


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HB 861 by Willhite
SB 1112 by Taddeo
SB 1112 & HB 861 Bottled Water Excise Tax
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SB 1112 (Taddeo) & HB 861 (Willhite) would impose an excise tax of 12.5 cents per gallon water extracted for bottled water, deposit the fees into Wastewater Treatment and Stormwater Management Revolving Loan Trust Fund; bill includes enforcement provisions and penalties for failure to pay.  A last-minute amendment that sought to delete the entire bill and instead change it from a 12.5 cent tax to a 12.5 cent civil penalty fee if the permitted quantity of water allowed in the Consumptive Use Permit was exceeded.  The amendment failed. 

House referrals:  First reading (1/14); Ways & Means; Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee; Appropriations 

Senate referrals: Commerce and Tourism (1/21 bill temporarily postponed); Finance and Tax; Appropriations 


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SB 1382 by Albritton
SB 1382 Environmental Resource Management
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SB 1382 (Albritton) would provide that basin management action plan management strategies may include a cooperative regional agricultural water quality improvement element. Such strategies could also include a cooperative urban, suburban, commercial, or institutional water quality improvement element. DEP would be authorized to develop a nutrient reduction cost-share program. Any initiatives to confer legal standing or rights on wildlife, plants or other environmental assets would be barred.  

Senate referrals: Environment and Natural Resources; Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment, and General Government; Appropriations 


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SB 7024 by Enviro./Nat. Res.
SB 7024 Florida Forever
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SB 7024 (Environment and Natural Resources) would revise legislative findings under the Florida Forever Act to include wildlife crossings as a land acquisition purpose, require that certain allocation from the program’s trust fund include allocation for lands impacted by hurricanes, and make other changes to the program. 

Senate referrals: Environment and Natural Resources; Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment, and General Government; Appropriations 


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HB 715 by Maggard
HB 715 Recycled Water
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HB 715 (Maggard) provides that recycled water is a water source for public water supply systems, specifies point of compliance with drinking water standards for water recycling projects, and provides that recycled water projects must be included in regional water supply planning and are exempt from certain permits. 

House referrals: First reading (1/14); Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee; Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee; State Affairs Committee


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HB 1363 by Overdorf
HB 1363 Basin Management Action Plans
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HB 1363 (Overdorf) would provide additional management strategies for Basin Management Action Plans; require certain BMAPs to include specified elements; provide requirements for DEP, DACS, DOH, UF/IFAS, local governments, water management districts, and owners of agricultural operations; establish a nutrient reduction cost-share program within DEP; exempt rural homesteads from certain best management practices under certain conditions; and require DEP and DACS to include specified information in annual progress reports for such plans. 

House referrals: Agriculture & Natural Resources Subcommittee; Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee; State Affairs Committee 


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HB 6081 by Eskamani
HB 6081 Conservation Easements
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HB 6081 (Eskamani), entitled “Conservation Easements,” eliminates shortcuts that companies use to develop Conservation Easements, specifically utility uses such as pipeline companies, power companies and toll road companies 

Introduced 1/14/20 


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GROWTH MANAGEMENT/PLANNING LEGISLATION

Bill #/SponsorTitle / Description
HB 579 by Aloupis
SB 178 by Rodriguez
SUPPORT SB 178 & HB 579 Public Financing of Construction Projects
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SB 178 Public Financing of Construction Projects (Rodriguez) & HB 579 (Aloupis) prohibit state-financed constructors from commencing construction of certain structures in coastal areas without first conducting a sea level impact projection study.

Senate referrals: Environment and Natural Resources (passed 11/4); Infrastructure and Security (passed 12/9); Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment, and General Government; Appropriations

House referrals: First reading (1/14); Agriculture & Natural Resources Subcommittee; Appropriations Committee; State Affairs Committee


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HB 6019 by Casello
SB 250 by Berman
SUPPORT SB 250 & HB 6019 Development Orders
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SB 250 Development Orders (Berman) & HB 6019 (Casello) repeal the amendment tacked onto HB 7103 from the 2019 legislative session that provided for prevailing party attorney fees incurred in a challenge to a development order.

Senate referrals: Community Affairs; Judiciary; Rules

House referrals: First reading (1/14); Commerce Committee; Judiciary Committee; State Affairs Committee.


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SB 278 by Rodriguez
SUPPORT SB 278 Climate Health Planning
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SB 278 Climate Health Planning (Rodriguez) would task the Department of Health with preparing an annual climate health planning report to assess the threat to human health which is posed by climate change and to develop strategies  to help the state’s communities prepare for the health effects of climate change.  Factors that must be considered include water quality, air quality, sanitation, spread of diseases, crop yields, food production, housing and population migration, mobility and emergency response, wildfires and social unrest. 

Senate referrals: Health Policy; Infrastructure and Security; Appropriations 


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SB 280 by Rodriguez
SUPPORT SB 280 Climate Fiscal Responsibility
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SB 280 Climate Fiscal Responsibility (Rodriguez) seeks to capture the economic impact of climate change by requiring the Economic Estimating Conference to prepare a climate fiscal responsibility report.  The report shall estimate the impact of climate change on the state’s general obligation credit rating, increased frequency of natural disasters, long-term trends, including sea level rise and then requires that recommendations for immediate action that should be taken over the next 5, 10 and 20 years.

Senate referrals: Infrastructure and Security; Finance and Tax; Appropriations 


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SB 286 by Rodriguez
SB 286 Tax Credit for Farming
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SB 286 Tax Credit for Farming (Rodriguez) nods to the value of carbon sequestration that can be obtained by soil and vegetation management, by seeking to establish a carbon farming tax credit to benefit the state’s farmers.  It encourages sequestration by incentivizing farmers to adopt best management practices and maintain their land in agricultural use.  The FDEP is tasked with determining the amount of the credit which must be based on the economic value of carbon farming.

Senate referrals: Agriculture; Finance and Tax; Appropriations


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SB 288 by Rodriguez
SB 288 Private Property Rights
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SB 288 Private Property Rights (Rodriguez) exempts from the definition of “public utility” property owners who own and operate a renewable energy source device, produce renewable energy from that device, and provide or sell the renewable energy to users on that property, under certain circumstances.

Senate referrals:  Innovation, Industry and Technology; Community Affairs; Rules


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HB 381 by Silvers
SB 306 by Mayfield
SUPPORT SB 306 & HB 381 State Funds
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SB 306 (Mayfield) and HB 381 (Silvers) would prevent legislators from diverting money from the state housing trust funds to other purposes.  

Senate referrals: Infrastructure and Security; Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation

House referrals: First reading (1/14); Transportation and Tourism Appropriations Subcommittee; State Affairs Committee; Appropriations Committee 


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SB 410 by Perry
SB 410 & HB 203 Growth Management
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SB 410 Growth Management (Perry) & HB 203 (McClain) would require comprehensive plans to include a property rights element so that each local government must consider in part of the comprehensive plan amendment process the rights of the property owner to physically possess their property, to have quiet enjoyment of their property to the exclusion of all others and to develop and improve their property for their personal use.

Senate referrals: Community Affairs; Judiciary; Rules

House referrals: First reading (1/14); Local, Federal and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee (approved 10/23); Commerce Committee; State Affairs Committee


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HB 349 by Ausley, Alexander
SB 580 by Bracy
SUPPORT SB 580 & HB 349 Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act
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SB 580 (Bracy) & HB 349 (Ausley, Alexander), the Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act, would make it easier for heirs to keep family lands in conservation before the property is divided or sold.  The bills implement simple due process measures to protect co-tenants from a unilateral forced sale.  “Heirs Property” means real property held in tenancy in common.  This bill protects landowner’s heirs if the landowner dies intestate.  Tenants in common are vulnerable to real estate speculators because any one individual can force a court-ordered sale while depriving the other tenants in common from protective due process measures. 

Senate referrals: Judiciary (passed 12/10); Community Affairs (passed 1/13); Rules 

House referrals: First reading (1/14); Civil Justice Subcommittee; Justice Appropriations Subcommittee; Judiciary Committee 


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HB 147 by Jacobs
SB 690 by Albritton
SUPPORT SB 690 & HB 147 Water Resources
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SB 690 (Albritton) and HB 147 (Jacobs) are identical bills that require the Department of Environmental Protection to conduct a comprehensive and quantitative needs-based overview of the state’s water resources, specifying requirements for the overview and requiring the department to submit a report every five years to the Governor and the Legislature.

Senate referrals: Environment and Natural Resources; Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment, and General Government; Appropriations.

House referrals: First reading (1/14); Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee; Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee; State Affairs Committee. 


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HB 587 by Raschein
SB 748 by Flores
SB 748 & HB 587 Takings Claims within Areas of Critical State Concern
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SB 748 (Flores) and HB 587 (Raschein) provide for damage awards for takings claims within areas of critical state concern. The Senate version is known as the “Florida Keys Property Rights Protection Act.”

Senate referrals: Judiciary; Community Affairs; Appropriations 

House referrals: First reading (1/14); Civil Justice Subcommittee; Appropriations Committee; Judiciary


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SB 998 by Hutson
SB 998 Housing
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SB 998 (Hutson) includes multiple measures to expand the supply of affordable housing, including authorization to locate affordable housing in any parcel zoned for residential, commercial or industrial use 

Senate referrals: Community Affairs; Infrastructure and Security; Rules 


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SB 1232 by Rouson
HB 913 by Diamond and Raschein
SUPPORT SB 1232 & HB 913 Florida Climate and Resiliency Research Program
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SB 1232 (Rouson) and HB 913 (Diamond & Raschein) would create Florida Climate and Resiliency Research Program within DEP and require it to submit Florida Resiliency Plan to Governor & Legislature at least once every 4 years.  

Senate referrals: Infrastructure and Security; Environment and Natural Resources; Appropriations

House referrals: First reading (1/14); Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee (passed 1/15); Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee; State Affairs Committee


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HB 775 by Avila & Aloupis
SB 1390 by Simmons
SB 1390 & HB 775 Everglades Protection Area
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SB 1390 (Simmons) and HB 775 (Avila and Aloupis) would require comprehensive plans and plan amendments adopted by the governing bodies of local governments whose boundaries include any portion of the Everglades Protection Area to follow the state coordinated review process. 

Senate referrals: Environment and Natural Resources; Community Affairs; Rules 

House referrals: Agriculture & Natural Resources Subcommittee (passed 1/15); Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee; State Affairs Committee 


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HB 1073 by Stevenson
SB 7106 by Infra. & Sec. Comm
SUPPORT SB 7016 & HB 1073 Statewide Office of Resiliency by Infra. & Security Comm.
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SB 7016 (Infrastructure and Security Committee) and HB 1073 (Stevenson) would establish the office with the Executive Office of the Governor and create a Statewide Sea-Level Rise Task Force within the office. 

Senate referrals: Infrastructure and Security (passed 12/9); Environment and Natural Resources (passed 1/13); Appropriations

House referrals: First reading (1/14); Agriculture & Natural Resources Subcommittee (passed 1/21); Appropriations Committee; State Affairs Committee


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HB 4999 by Ingoglia
HB 4999 Statewide Sea Level Tracking Program
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HB 4999 (Ingoglia) would provide $5.95 million for a Statewide Sea Level Tracking Program in the Department of Financial Services. 

House referrals: First reading (1/14); Government Operations & Technology Appropriations Subcommittee


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TRANSPORTATION LEGISLATION

Bill #/SponsorTitle / Description
HB 551 by Jenne
SB 76 by Book
SB 76 & HB 551 Transportation Disadvantaged
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SB 76 (Book) & HB 551 (Jenne) would require community transportation coordinators to plan for and use any available cost-effective regional fare payment systems that enhance cross-county mobility for the specified purpose of the transportation disadvantaged.

Senate referrals to Infrastructure and Security; Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation; Tourism, and Economic Development; Appropriations

House referrals: First reading (1/14); Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee; Transportation and Tourism Appropriations Subcommittee; State Affairs Committee. 


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HB 465 by Sirois
SB 676 by Mayfield
SB 676 & HB 465 Florida High-Speed Passenger Rail Safety Act
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SB 676 (Mayfield) and HB 465 (Sirois), entitled the “Florida High-Speed Passenger Rail Safety Act”, would require the Department of Transportation to regulate railroads when that authority is not federally preempted, require railroad companies to be responsible for ensuring that impacted roadbed meets specified transition requirements under certain circumstances, and require state railroad inspectors to meet certain certification requirements and coordinate their activities with federal inspectors. 

Introduced in the Senate 1/14/20

Senate referrals: Infrastructure and Security; Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development; Appropriations 

House referrals: First reading (1/14); Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee; Transportation and Tourism Appropriations Subcommittee; State Affairs Committee


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