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Capitol Report: February 16, 2018

Stephanie Owens

Legislative Advocate

 

There are two weeks remaining in the regular session. Week 6 is one that will long be remembered in Florida Legislative history. Floridians sustained a breathtaking loss of life in Parkland; all the more tragic because it was preventable with common sense gun legislation. We need gun laws that meticulously safeguard the rights of responsible gun owners while placing insurmountable barriers to ownership for dangerous individuals like this young man who destroyed so many lives this week with a gun that, the most reasonable among us believe, he should have never been allowed to own. We offer our thoughts and prayers for the victims, their families and the troubled perpetrator. Florida legislators are in a position to offer more than positive thoughts to these victims. They can pass responsible and comprehensive gun legislation that will prevent the next tragedy. They can place their allegiance to the safety and well-being of Floridians who are weary of holding candlelight vigils and sending hollow prayers to the most youthful and vibrant among us who have already been taken. We will continue to pressure them to do so.

Did You Know:

Buying milk and cookies could possibly mean funding school vouchers? You did? Ok!

Well, did you know that the House voted to provide access to a list of the top 200 wealthiest Florida corporate taxpayers to the groups that manage the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship program? And, I’m sure you know that tax payer information is confidential under Florida law. So how is it legal for the legislature give the list to specific group of private entities, but withhold it from the general public? Welcome to the sunken place aka PCB WMC 18-03 which passed House Ways & Means Committee on Wednesday.

PCB WMC 18-03 is a tax bill that includes a provision to expand the Florida Tax Credit Scholarships by $154 million, on top of the $873.6 million required under existing law. The program is mostly funded with corporate income tax credits paid by companies. Rep. Paul Renner, Palm Coast, sponsor of the bill says the extra funding will provide a lifeboat for education and a better future for minorities and poor people. That’s a billion dollars and they are only getting a lifeboat? Maybe the boat comes with a BD 700 or a G-6. Or, a different private tutor every 5 minutes.

Back to the milk and cookies. The bill would also allow credits for sales taxes to be used starting July 1 of the next budget year. So, everything we pay sales tax on — up to $158 million — will go toward the school voucher program. The bill includes tax cuts that received bipartisan support. League Action Chair Pat Drago‘s analysis shows that it is just another effort to dismantle the public school system and replace it with voucher programs. The current voucher programs have little accountability and almost no oversight. All while our public school system is crumbling under the massive drain of resources that the state is diverting to voucher and private schools.

Message from Pamela Goodman

Yesterday on Saturday Feb. 17, I stood in honor with students, teachers, elected officials, and other organizations at a rally for safe gun legislation in Ft. Lauderdale.

 

The future of activism on this issue is the voice of our students. They were all outstanding. Passionate. Committed. Fierce.

We need to coach. Elected officials need to listen. And we all need to let these young professionals call the plays and run the advocacy ball.

This is a movement. This is a moment in time. This is a tipping point.

Here are just some of the images from yesterday’s rally:

Weekly Highlights

Kathleen Passidomo (R-Naples) stated after the committee meeting; “The League of Women Voters is in support of my bill! This is great!”

SB 1434 passed in a bipartisan show. PreK-12 Appropriations passed legislation that would help schools provide mental health services and allow local school districts the right to retain some operational control over Schools of Hope and to participate in the special allocation for supplemental services.

 

 

Rob Bradley, Fleming Island, “We’re not hearing that gun bill the rest of session,” “I will tell you right now, I’m looking for solutions,” (St. Pete Times)

SB 740 which allows providing a concealed weapons permit of applications with incomplete background checks was pulled from the Thursday Senate Judiciary committee agenda. Sen. Stargel, late Friday, amended the bill to remove the irresponsible change to the CWP permit process. Public advocates against the bill left, leaving an almost empty committee room.

 

 

 

 

 

Education

Pat Drago is the new chair of the Education Action Team. Just in time to wrangle the HB 7055 Education bill and it’s 22 amendments. Many of you are familiar with Pat through her years of service on the state board.

Pat has been watching HB 7055 very carefully and talking with other statewide education advocates about the best strategy to take for the final weeks. Her group believes that the Senate will not allow the House to dismantle the public school system. Some of the budget and policy issues of disagreement between the House and the Senate were resolved through Sen Passidmo’s SB 1434. SB 1756 by Sen Simmons will whittle away many more of the House’s policy issues. The League does not support this bill. It is the agenda for Feb. 20 at 11 AM. Look for an action alert so that you can help oppose this bill too.

HB 7055 includes HB 1, the Hope Scholarship, which would allow students to transfer to another school—public or private, secular or religious—if bullied, harassed, robbed, or assaulted. The bill provides no guarantee that the victim will be safer at a new school. It never addresses what happens to the culprit. The school transfer is funded through a newly created $40 million voucher program for private schools. Essentially, providing tax payer fund to families who can already afford private tuition.

Election Law

HB 7001 would establish a law that would require a two thirds majority to pass any tax increase or new fee. The bill ties the hands of the legislature that actually only has one mandatory obligation and that is to pass a budget.  This bill replicates as TABOR (taxpayers bill of rights) which voters turned down in 2014.  Interestingly, it is also being considered by the Constitutional Revision Commission.  The Leagues does not support this bill and neither do the majority of Floridians. This bill is on the agenda for the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Finance and Tax on February 20th at 9:00 am. Several advocates will share their opposition during public comment. Look for an action alert so that you can help oppose this bill too. Watch it on TheFloridaChannel.org. Bring popcorn. Fireworks will be provided!

LWV of Florida and the Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence will be holding a press conference and rally on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at noon in front of the Historic Capitol (steps facing Monroe Street).
Once again, an assault weapon has been used as a tool of destruction in order to commit mass murder. We want these weapons and large capacity magazines banned in the state of Florida. Senate Bill 196 is sitting in the Senate Judiciary Committee and has yet to be heard. We call on the Chair of the committee, Senator Greg Steube, to place SB 196 on the agenda and give it a fair hearing.
Speakers will include State Senator Gary Farmer and State Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith, and most importantly, students.

 

Last week’s action alerts
SB 740 – Postponed and dangerous language removed
Action Alert bills headed your way next week:
HB 1419
HB 7001
HB 7043
Bill Title Position
HB 7043 State Assumption of Federal Section 404 Dredge and Fill Perm
HB 0001 The Hope Scholarship Program
HB 0039 Weapons and Firearms
HB 0553 Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
HB 0609 Vote-by-Mail Ballots
HB 0989 Repeal of Public Campaign Financing Requirement
HB 0991 Campaign Finance
HB 1031 Limitation on Terms of Office for Members of a District Scho…
HB 1419 Firearms
HB 1429 Dismemberment Abortion

 

News You can Use

Florida Lawmakers Did Nothing After Pulse. Will This Time Be Different?

We need brave lawmakers (Orlando Sentinel)

Survey: What your Florida lawmaker says about guns after the Broward school shooting (Tampa Bay Times)

Educators keep asking for more school-safety money, but the state keeps saying no (Southwest Florida’s News-Press)
The Department of Education has asked the Legislature for more Safe Schools funding each of the past eight years, records reveal. Yet year after year, lawmakers have set aside no more than the same $64.4 million. The first plea came before the 2012-13 school year, when the Department of Education requested a $1.9 million increase to Safe Schools. Lawmakers said no. Undeterred, the Department of Education returned in 2013-14 with a smaller request: a $394,832 boost to Safe Schools. Still, nothing.

Why doesn’t Florida’s Legislature look anything like Florida’s workforce? | Tampa Bay Times

Federal judge asked to give voting rights to ex-prisoners

Immigrants warned about Florida travel as arrests soar (Chicago Tribune)
(AP) More than a dozen advocacy groups issued a warning about traveling in Florida on Wednesday saying immigration arrests there have soared more rapidly in the past year than in any other area of the country. Leaders from immigrant rights and nonprofit organizations said new cooperation between Immigration and Customs Enforcement and 17 Florida sheriffs is also spreading fear in the state. The travel advisory issued by 15 groups warns immigrants from other states to reconsider Florida trips.

Florida elected officials and the NRA

Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) Update

Of the 37 remaining CRC proposals, these are the “Terrible Ten”:

Proposal 4 – Deletes the No Aid provision from the Florida Constitution’s “Religious Freedom” protections and open the door to Floridians’ tax dollars potentially funding religious indoctrination, proselytizing, and discrimination

Proposal 22 – Eliminates all existing privacy protections, including reproductive rights, from Florida’s Constitution except for those specifically relating to informational privacy. It does this by narrowing the privacy clause so that it only applies “with respect to privacy of information and the disclosure thereof.”

Proposal 29 – Requires mandatory use of the error-prone E-Verify program, potentially denying thousands of authorized immigrant and even citizen workers the ability to work without any meaningful avenue to seek redress.

Proposal 43 –Mandates term limits for local school board members rather than letting voters in the school districts decide how long a member can serve their community.

Proposal 45 – Gives tax dollars to private schools through school vouchers including religious schools – creating a system of publicly funded education separate from our free public schools

Proposal 71 – Takes sole control of charter schools away from local school boards and allow decisions about local education needs to be made at the state level.

Proposal 72 – Ties the hands of future elected leaders and severely limit Florida’s ability to invest in public education, mental health care, affordable housing, roads and bridges, parks, beaches and workforce training programs by requiring a supermajority vote of the Legislature to raise taxes or fees.

Proposal 95 –Allows the state to preempt any local ordinances that big business can claim interferes with commerce between counties and other jurisdictions – such as living wage ordinances, protections from wage theft, local hiring preferences or local protections for the environment and natural resources.

Proposal 96 – Needlessly claims to protect victims of crime while not providing any meaningful benefit to victims, interferes with the rights of the accused, and makes it more difficult for the state to convict criminals.

Proposal 97 – Makes it close to impossible for the constitution to be changed by initiative, by the Legislature, or by any commission in the future.

The CRC “Road to the Ballot” Public Hearing Tour continues. Please find time to attend at least one meeting and amplify the League’s voice.

The next stops are:

Monday,  February 19: Melbourne
Tuesday, February 20: Jacksonville
Tuesday, February 27: Pensacola
Tuesday, March 13: St Petersburg

For more details on the locations check flcrc.gov. You can always watch the pubic tour and commission hearings on The Florida Channel which are live streamed.

Weekly Action Report

Education

HB 1 – The Hope Scholarship Program
Priority High/Oppose
Establishes Hope Scholarship Program; provides requirements for such program; authorizes certain persons to elect to direct certain state sales & use tax revenue to be transferred for Hope Scholarship Program; provides penalties; make specified information available to scholarship-funding organizations; authorizes DOR to adopt emergency rules for specified purposes; revises provisions relating to certain private schools. Effective Date: upon becoming a law
Current Committee of Reference: No Current Committee
2/13/2018 HOUSE Placed on Calendar, on 2nd reading

HB 827 – Instructional Materials
Support
Revises provisions relating to review & adoption of instructional materials. Effective Date: July 1, 2018
Current Committee of Reference: Education Committee
2/13/2018 HOUSE On Committee agenda – Education Committee, 02/15/18, 10:00 am, 102 H – PCS
2/15/2018 HOUSE Favorable with CS by Education Committee; 19 Yeas, 0 Nays

HB 1031 – Limitation on Terms of Office for Members of a District School Board
Priority Medium/Oppose
Proposes amendment to Section 4 of Article IX & creation of new section in Article XII of State Constitution to limit terms of office for member of district school board; provides applicability. Effective Date: Not Specified
Current Committee of Reference: No Current Committee
2/13/2018 HOUSE On Committee agenda – Education Committee, 02/15/18, 10:00 am, 102 H
2/15/2018 HOUSE Favorable by Education Committee; 14 Yeas, 2 Nays
2/15/2018 HOUSE Placed on Calendar, on 2nd reading

SB 1434 – K-12 Education Enhancements
Priority High/Support
Revising student eligibility criteria for the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program; prohibiting a district school board from limiting the number of public school students who may participate in a structured program; creating the hope supplemental services and the mental health assistance allocations; increasing the amount that a school district may expend from a specified millage levy for certain expenses; prohibiting a charter school from being eligible for capital outlay funds unless the chair of the governing board and the chief administrative officer of the charter school annually certify certain information, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2018
Current Committee of Reference: Appropriations
2/14/2018 SENATE Favorable with CS by Appropriations Subcommittee on Pre-K – 12 Education; 7 Yeas, 0 Nays
2/16/2018 SENATE Now in Appropriations

HB 7055 – Education
Priority High/Oppose
Revises provisions relating to Commissioner of Education, DOE, school districts, school district superintendents, statewide, standardized assessments, charter schools, educational scholarship programs, principal autonomy pilot program initiative, dual enrollment, FLVS, & private schools. Effective Date: July 1, 2018
Current Committee of Reference: No Current Committee
2/14/2018 SENATE In Messages
2/15/2018 SENATE Received; Referred to Education; Appropriations
2/15/2018 SENATE On Committee agenda – Education, 02/20/18, 11:00 am, 412 K

WMC3 – Taxation (Ways & Means Committee)
Priority High/Oppose
Current Committee of Reference: Ways & Means Committee
2/12/2018 HOUSE Filed
2/12/2018 HOUSE On Committee agenda – Ways & Means Committee, 02/14/18, 9:00 am, 17 H
2/14/2018 HOUSE Submitted as Committee Bill by Ways & Means Committee; 14 Yeas, 6 Nays

Elections

HB 85 – Voter Registration List Maintenance
Priority High/Support
Authorizes DOS to become member of nongovernmental entity to verify voter registration information; establishes requirements for such memberships; requires DHSMV to provide specified information to DOS; establishes reporting requirements. Effective Date: January 1, 2019
Current Committee of Reference: No Current Committee
2/13/2018 SENATE Senate Session Not Meeting 02/14/18; Placed on Third Reading, 02/21/18
Similar to: SB 276 – Voter Registration List Maintenance (Hutson)
02/08/2018 SENATE Read Second Time; Substituted for HB 0085; Laid on Table, Refer to HB 0085
Linked to: HB 87 – Pub.Rec./Statewide Voter Registration System (Spano)
02/13/2018 SENATE Senate Session Not Meeting 02/14/18; Placed on Third Reading, 02/21/18

HB 87 – Pub.Rec./Statewide Voter Registration System
Priority High/Support
Provides exemption from public records requirements for certain information received by DOS from another state or District of Columbia which is confidential or exempt pursuant to laws of that jurisdiction; provides for release of such information to specified persons; provides for future legislative review & repeal of the exemption; provides statement of public necessity. Effective Date: on the same date that CS/HB 85 or similar legislation takes effect
Current Committee of Reference: No Current Committee
2/13/2018 SENATE Senate Session Not Meeting 02/14/18; Placed on Third Reading, 02/21/18
Identical to: SB 278 – Public Records/Department of State (Hutson)
02/08/2018 SENATE Read Second Time; Substituted for HB 0087; Laid on Table, Refer to HB 0087
Linked to: HB 85 – Voter Registration List Maintenance (Spano)
02/13/2018 SENATE Senate Session Not Meeting 02/14/18; Placed on Third Reading, 02/21/18

SB 532 – Public Records/Voters and Voter Registration
Priority High/Support
Providing an exemption from public records requirements for information concerning preregistered voter registration applicants who are minors; providing for future legislative review and repeal; providing a statement of public necessity, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2018
Current Committee of Reference: Rules
2/13/2018 SENATE Favorable by Governmental Oversight and Accountability; 5 Yeas, 0 Nays
2/13/2018 SENATE Now in Rules

SB 582 – Write-in Candidate Qualifying
Priority High/Support
Repealing provisions relating to write-in candidate residency requirements; repealing a requirement that all write-in candidates must reside within the district represented by the office sought at the time of qualification, etc. Effective Date: Upon becoming a law
Current Committee of Reference: Community Affairs
2/13/2018 SENATE Favorable by Ethics and Elections; 7 Yeas, 0 Nays
2/14/2018 SENATE Now in Community Affairs
2/15/2018 SENATE On Committee agenda – Community Affairs, 02/20/18, 1:30 pm, 301 S
Identical to: HB 6009 – Write-In Candidates (Geller)
02/08/2018 SENATE Received; Referred to Ethics and Elections; Community Affairs; Rules

HB 609 – Vote-by-Mail Ballots
Authorizes county supervisor of elections to accept elector’s voted vote-by-mail ballot by personal delivery at early voting site in county where elector is registered to vote during site’s hours of operation; requires Division of Elections to adopt rules. Effective Date: July 1, 2018
Current Committee of Reference: No Current Committee
2/12/2018 HOUSE Committee Substitute Text (C1) Filed
2/13/2018 HOUSE Placed on Calendar, on 2nd reading

HB 1319 – Voter Registration Maintenance
Oppose
Requires supervisors of elections to enter into agreements with clerks of circuit courts to receive specified information; requires supervisors of elections to compare certain information with statewide voter registration system; requires DHSMV to furnish monthly to DOS list of persons who identified themselves as aliens; requires DOS to compare such list with statewide voter registration system & provide names of registered voters who are aliens to supervisor of elections of county in which voter is registered. Effective Date: July 1, 2018
Current Committee of Reference: Public Integrity & Ethics Committee
2/13/2018 HOUSE Favorable with CS by Public Integrity & Ethics Committee; 11 Yeas, 5 Nays
2/15/2018 HOUSE Committee Substitute Text (C1) Filed

SB 1582 – Elections
Priority Medium/Oppose
Repealing a provision which provides reporting requirements for voting history and statewide voter registration system information, precinct-level election results, and precinct-level book closing statistics, etc. Effective Date: Upon becoming a law
Current Committee of Reference: Ethics and Elections
2/13/2018 SENATE Temporarily Postponed by Ethics and Elections

HB 6009 – Write-In Candidates
Priority High/Support
Repeals provisions relating to write-in candidate residency requirement. Effective Date: upon becoming a law
Current Committee of Reference: No Current Committee
Identical to: SB 582 – Write-in Candidate Qualifying (Rader)
02/15/2018 SENATE On Committee agenda – Community Affairs, 02/20/18, 1:30 pm, 301 S

HB 7001 – Supermajority Vote for State Taxes or Fees
Priority High/Oppose
Proposes amendment to State Constitution to prohibit a state tax or fee from being imposed or raised except through legislation approved by two-thirds of each house of legislature; requires a state tax or fee imposed or raised to be contained in separate bill that contains no other subject. Effective Date: Not Specified
Current Committee of Reference: No Current Committee
2/15/2018 SENATE On Committee agenda – Appropriations Subcommittee on Finance and Tax, 02/20/18, 9:00 am, 401 S

Gun Safety

HB 55 – Sale of Firearms
Priority Low/Support
Requires FDLE to allow payment or transmittal of processing fees for criminal history checks of potential firearms buyers by electronic means. Effective Date: 10/1/2018
Current Committee of Reference: No Current Committee
2/13/2018 SENATE Senate Session Not Meeting 02/14/18; Placed on Third Reading, 02/21/18

HB 553 – Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Priority High/Oppose
Revises, creates, & repeals various provisions relating to structures used in citrus production; oyster harvesting licenses; pesticide registration fees; Class “K” & concealed firearm licenses; charitable & sponsor sales promotions & solicitations; water vending machines; telephone solicitations; antifreeze & brake fluid brands; liquefied petroleum licenses & dealer practices; commercial weights & measures; sale & purchase of livestock; emergency powers & orders; agricultural commodity marketing; seed labeling, sale, & solicitation; Florida Forest Service; & government impostor & deceptive ads. Effective Date: July 1, 2018
Current Committee of Reference: No Current Committee
2/13/2018 HOUSE Placed on Calendar, on 2nd reading
2/13/2018 Bill to be Discussed During the Office of EDR’s Criminal Justice Estimating Impact Conference, 02/14/18, 1:30 pm, 117 K (No Votes Will Be Taken)

SB 740 – Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Priority High/Oppose
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services; Transferring authority to issue licenses for oyster harvesting in Apalachicola Bay from the department to the City of Apalachicola; revising permitting requirements and operating standards for water vending machines; revising the circumstances under which liquefied petroleum gas bulk delivery vehicles must be registered with the department; repealing provisions relating to packet vegetable and flower seed; creating the “Government Impostor and Deceptive Advertisements Act”, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2018
Current Committee of Reference: Appropriations
2/12/2018 SENATE On Committee agenda – Appropriations, 02/15/18, 1:00 pm, 412 K
2/13/2018 Bill to be Discussed During the Office of EDR’s Criminal Justice Estimating Impact Conference, 02/14/18, 1:30 pm, 117 K (No Votes Will Be Taken)
2/15/2018 SENATE Not Considered by Appropriations

SB 1048 – Firearms
Priority High/Oppose
Authorizing a church, a synagogue, or other religious institution to allow a concealed weapons or concealed firearms licensee to carry a concealed handgun in certain established physical places of worship under certain circumstances, etc. Effective Date: Upon becoming a law
Current Committee of Reference: No Current Committee
2/13/2018 SENATE Senate Session Not Meeting 02/14/18; Placed on Third Reading, 02/21/18

SB 1236 – School Safety
Priority High/Oppose
Providing an exception to a prohibition on possessing firearms or other specified devices on school property or other specified areas for authorized concealed weapon or firearm licensees who are designated by school principals or district school superintendents; requiring district school boards to formulate and prescribe policies and procedures for active shooter and hostage situations; requiring a district school superintendent to provide specified agencies with certain strategy and activity recommendations to improve school safety and security, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2018
Current Committee of Reference: Judiciary
2/15/2018 SENATE On Committee agenda – Judiciary, 02/20/18, 4:00 pm, 110 S
Identical to: HB 621 – School Safety (Rommel)
01/25/2018 HOUSE Now in PreK-12 Quality Subcommittee

Home Rule and Preemption

HB 1031 – Limitation on Terms of Office for Members of a District School Board
Priority High/Oppose
Proposes amendment to Section 4 of Article IX & creation of new section in Article XII of State Constitution to limit terms of office for member of district school board; provides applicability. Effective Date: Not Specified
Current Committee of Reference: No Current Committee
2/13/2018 HOUSE On Committee agenda – Education Committee, 02/15/18, 10:00 am, 102 H
2/15/2018 HOUSE Favorable by Education Committee; 14 Yeas, 2 Nays
2/15/2018 HOUSE Placed on Calendar, on 2nd reading

SB 1262 – Election Dates for Municipal Office
Oppose
Requiring the governing body of a municipality to determine the dates on which initial and runoff elections for municipal office are held and providing options therefor; requiring municipal recall elections to be held concurrently with municipal elections under certain conditions, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2020
Current Committee of Reference: Community Affairs
2/15/2018 SENATE On Committee agenda – Community Affairs, 02/20/18, 1:30 pm, 301 S

HB 7037 – Election Dates for Municipal Office
Oppose
Requiring the governing body of a municipality to determine the dates on which an initial and runoff election for municipal office are held and providing options therefor; requiring counties that have established certain dates for the election of municipal officers through a special act to conduct municipal elections on specified dates; requiring municipal recall elections to be held concurrently with municipal elections under certain conditions, etc. Effective Date: July 1, 2020
Current Committee of Reference: No Current Committee
2/14/2018 HOUSE Read Second Time; Amendment Adopted (105739); Read Third Time; Passed (Vote: 70 Yeas / 45 Nays)
2/14/2018 HOUSE Engrossed Text (E1) Filed

Natural Resources

SB 316 – Environmental Regulation Commission
Prioroity High/Support
Requiring the Governor to appoint a new member to the commission within a certain timeframe after the occurrence of a vacancy, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2018
Current Committee of Reference: Rules
2/13/2018 SENATE Favorable with CS by Ethics and Elections; 7 Yeas, 0 Nays
2/14/2018 SENATE Committee Substitute Text (C1) Filed
2/15/2018 SENATE Now in Rules

SB 462 – Advanced Well Stimulation Treatment
Priority High/Support
Prohibiting the performance of advanced well stimulation treatments; clarifying that permits for drilling or operating a well do not authorize the performance of advanced well stimulation treatments, etc. Effective Date: Upon becoming a law
Current Committee of Reference: Appropriations
2/14/2018 SENATE Favorable by Appropriations Subcommittee on the Environment and Natural Resources; 5 Yeas, 0 Nays
2/15/2018 SENATE Now in Appropriations
Identical to: HB 237 – Advanced Well Stimulation Treatment (Peters)
10/12/2017 HOUSE Now in Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee

SB 1402 – State Assumption of Federal Section 404 Dredge and Fill Permitting Authority
Priority High/Oppose
Defining the term “state assumed waters”; providing the Department of Environmental Protection with the power and authority to adopt rules to assume and implement the section 404 dredge and fill permitting program pursuant to the federal Clean Water Act; requiring the department to adopt rules to create an expedited permit review process, etc. Effective Date: Upon becoming a law
Current Committee of Reference: Appropriations
2/14/2018 SENATE Favorable by Appropriations Subcommittee on the Environment and Natural Resources; 6 Yeas, 0 Nays
2/15/2018 SENATE Now in Appropriations
Identical to: HB 7043 – State Assumption of Federal Section 404 Dredge and Fill Permitting Authority (Natural Resources & Public Lands Subcommittee)
02/15/2018 HOUSE Placed on Special Order Calendar, 2/20/2018

HB 7043 – State Assumption of Federal Section 404 Dredge and Fill Permitting Authority
Priority High/Oppose
Provides DEP, upon approval of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, with power & authority to adopt rules to assume & implement permitting program pursuant to federal Clean Water Act for dredge & fill activities in certain state waters; provides applicability of state laws, exemptions, & administrative procedures; provides permit requirements; provides for delegation of certain activities. Effective Date: upon becoming a law
Current Committee of Reference: No Current Committee
2/15/2018 HOUSE Placed on Special Order Calendar, 2/20/2018

HB 7063 – Natural Resources
Priority High/Support
Revises, creates, & repeals various provisions relating to acquisition, management, & disposition of conservation lands; beach management; water supply facilities, public water systems, & domestic wastewater systems; water resource development & capital improvement projects; state park passes; distribution & use of funds from Florida Forever Trust Fund & Land Acquisition Trust Fund; rural-lands-protection easement programs; reservoir projects; basin management action plans; beneficial uses & management of stormwater; LAKEWATCH Program; provides statement of important state interest. Effective Date: July 1, 2018
Current Committee of Reference: Appropriations Committee
2/12/2018 HOUSE Committee Substitute Text (C1) Filed
2/13/2018 HOUSE Now in Appropriations Committee

Reproductive Health

HB 1429 – Dismemberment Abortion
Priority High/Oppose
Prohibits dismemberment abortion; provides exception; provides penalties. Effective Date: July 1, 2018.
Current Committee of Reference: No Current Committee
2/13/2018 HOUSE On Committee agenda – Health & Human Services Committee; 02/15/18, 8:30 am, 17 H
2/15/2018 HOUSE Favorable by Health & Human Services Committee; 13 Yeas, 6 Nays
2/15/2018 HOUSE Placed on Calendar, on 2nd reading

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