Capitol Report: February 2, 2018

Capitol Report: February 2, 2018

“Bringing Tallahassee to your Doorstep”

Filed by: Stephanie Owens

Welcome to Week 4! We’re old friends now, let’s just dive in!

Here are some highlights of the fourth week of session.

Did You Know: Florida has a state agency that sets policy on oyster harvesting, brake fluid and deceptive advertising?

We do, it’s the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. They also revise, create, & repeal various provisions relating to structures used in citrus production; pesticide registration fees; Class “K” & concealed firearm licenses; charitable & sponsor sales promotions & solicitations; water vending machines; and so much more.

The department’s annual agency bill HB 553 was reviewed in the House Commerce Committee on Friday. Buried on lines 2474 – 2492, is new language that would provide concealed weapons permit to any applicant 90 days after applying even if the applicant has an incomplete criminal history; no final disposition of proof of restoration civil or firearms rights; or clarifying records from the place of the original crime. No worries, if the person’s background check is ever completed, and disqualifying information is received, the state will immediately suspend and revoke the license.

Read more from the Tampa Bay Times here.

Highlights:

Education

HB 7055 passed the House Appropriations CommitteeIt included an amendment that doubled the size of the original bill. We oppose this bill because of threat that the many elements propose to teachers, students and destruction of the foundation of the Florida public K-12 education system.

The bill includes a ton of issues including funding for tax credit scholarships for bullied students, requirements for teacher union certification and establishment of “Medal of Honor Day.” And the requiring school board members to get advance approval for out-of-state travel.

Joanne McCall, President of the Florida Education Association, testified at the appropriation meeting, stating “The Florida Constitution forbids the combination of multiple subjects in a bill, stating: “Every law shall embrace but one subject and matter properly connected therewith, and the subject shall be briefly expressed in the title.” HB 7055 is a massive 198-page bill with a 12-page title amendment that impacts 60 sections, and 58 statutes does anything but adhere to the portion of the constitution”

Election Law

HB 85 Passed Third reading House engrossed. The bill would allow the Secretary of State to enter into interstate agreements or become a member of an organization composed only of state government election officials for the purpose of sharing and exchanging information with other states to maintain the statewide voter data base.

HB 87, is linked to the passage of HB 85. The bill creates a public record exemption for information received by the Department of State, pursuant to the interstate agreement referred to in HB 85. This is a public records exemption that is required by the State Constitution. Without the exemption it would be impossible to maintain accurate voter rolls. These two bills would enroll Florida in ERIC, and is a top priority for our state’s Supervisors of Elections. The League fully supports these bills.

Gun Safety

HB 1419 authorizes religious institutions to allow concealed weapons or concealed firearms licensee to carry firearm on property of institution for certain purposes. The bill passed by the House Judiciary committee this week 13-6. The bill does NOT include the amendment from the Senate version SB 74 that eliminates some schools. We will continue to oppose the Senate and House bills that would expose children to gun danger.

Natural Resources

HB 53 Coral Reefs passed in the House and companion bill SB 232 has passed all Senate committees. HB 131/SB 174 Coastal Management and HB 319/SB 550 Gulf of Mexico Range Complex moved through their committees favorably. SB 370 Land Acquisition Trust Fund (Bradley) — one of our top priority bills — passed its third reading in a bipartisan landslide 37-0, and was placed in Messages for the House. The bill provides $100 million annually appropriation to the Florida Forever Trust Fund for land acquisition and preservation. The bill prohibits any funding from being spent on administrative costs.

A House version of SB 370, HB 1353, has been filed but has not been scheduled for any committee hearing. A similar House bill, HB 7063, has been filed by Representative Matt Caldwell. This bill likely will move. It allocates $0 to Florida Forever in 2018-19, but allocates $57 million to FF in 2019–2020 and increases amounts in future years up to $200 million per year for the years 2029–2036. If this bill passes then it must be reconciled with SB 370, which allocates $100 million starting in 2018–2019.

SB 462 Advanced Well Stimulation Treatment (fracking ban) — a top priority — has been scheduled for its first committee meeting, Environmental Preservation and Conservation. This is a significant event. The companion House bill HB 237 has not yet been scheduled for a committee hearing.

Health Care

No key updates this week. Read the weekly bill action report to see specific actions on the Health Care bills we’re tracking

2018 Legislative Summit

Are you heading to Tallahassee this coming Tuesday and Wednesday? Chances are yes — because we have the most registrants we’ve ever had for Summit! If you won’t be there, not to worry! You can still follow the action by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, and our brand new Instagram! Be on the lookout for live streams of events, press conferences, and other happenings with the hashtag #LWVSummit!

News You Can Use

Federal court strikes down Florida’s system for restoring felons’ voting rights (Central Florida Political Pulse)
TALLAHASSEE — Florida’s system of barring felons from voting unless they receive executive clemency is unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled Thursday.

Palm Beach County municipal leaders lobby for cities in Tallahassee (Palm Beach Post)
And if cities lose this year’s battle over home rule, there is future hope, Ratcliffe said.

Florida House boosts money for ‘Hope Scholarship’ plan (Leesburg Daily Commercial)
But vouchers and other school-choice programs have long been one of the most-controversial issues in Florida’s education system.

Romano: Give me sanctuary from nonsense politics (Tampa Bay Times)
Not to mention illegal gun sales. Are none of the circumstances surrounding these daily killings in Florida domestic violence, lack of mental health funding, proliferation of illegally obtained firearms worthy of a politician’s crusade

Under House Budget Plan , No Public School Funding Without Corcoran Education Bill (WLRN) A budget proposal that is advancing in the Legislature would make next year’s funding for Florida’s public schools contingent on the passage of Republican House Speaker Richard Corcoran’s chief education priority: a new voucher directing taxpayer dollars to private schools.

Legislative Week In Review

Education

HB 1 – The Hope Scholarship Program
Priority High/Oppose
The Hope Scholarship Program: 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. Effective Date: upon becoming a law
Current Committee of Reference: PreK-12 Appropriations Subcommittee
1/30/2018 HOUSE Favorable with CS by PreK-12 Appropriations Subcommittee; 9 Yeas, 4 Nays
1/31/2018 HOUSE Committee Substitute Text (C1) Filed

SB 194 – Limitation on Terms of Office for Members of a District School Board
Priority High/Oppose
Limitation on Terms of Office for Members of a District School Board; Proposing amendments to the State Constitution to limit the terms of office for a member of a district school board, etc.
Current Committee of Reference: Education
1/30/2018 SENATE Favorable with CS by Ethics and Elections; 4 Yeas, 2 Nays
2/1/2018 SENATE Committee Substitute Text (C1) Filed
2/1/2018 SENATE Now in Education

HB 7055 – Education (Education Committee)
Priority High/Oppose
02/01/2018 HOUSE Placed on Special Order Calendar, 02/07/18

Elections

HB 79 – Public Meetings
Priority Medium/Oppose
Public Meetings: Specifies conditions under which members of board or commission of state agency or authority or of agency or authority of county, municipal corporation, or political subdivision may participate in fact-finding exercises or excursions. Effective Date: upon becoming a law
Current Committee of Reference: Government Accountability Committee
1/29/2018 HOUSE Favorable by Local, Federal & Veterans Affairs Subcommittee; 8 Yeas, 2 Nays
1/29/2018 HOUSE Now in Government Accountability Committee
Similar to: SB 192 – Public Meetings (Baxley)
02/01/2018 HOUSE In Messages

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
1/31/2018 HOUSE Read Second Time; Amendment Adopted (782859); Read Third Time; Passed (Vote: 113 Yeas / 0 Nays)
1/31/2018 HOUSE Engrossed Text (E1) Filed
Linked to: HB 87 – Pub.Rec./Statewide Voter Registration System (Spano)
01/31/2018 HOUSE Read Second Time; Read Third Time; Passed (Vote: 111 Yeas / 0 Nays)

HB 87 – Pub.Rec./Statewide Voter Registration System
Priority High/Support
Creates public record exemption for certain information received by Department of State from another state that is confidential or exempt pursuant to laws of that state; provides for release of such information to specified persons; provides for future legislative review & repeal of exemption; provides statement of public necessity. Effective Date: on the same date that HB 85 or similar legislation takes effect
Current Committee of Reference: No Current Committee
1/31/2018 HOUSE Read Second Time; Read Third Time; Passed (Vote: 111 Yeas / 0 Nays)
Identical to: SB 278 – Public Records/Department of State (Hutson)
02/01/2018 SENATE Placed on Calendar, on 2nd reading

SB 192 – Public Meetings
Priority Medium/Oppose
Specifying conditions under which members of any board or commission of any state agency or authority or of any agency or authority of any county, municipal corporation, or political subdivision may participate in fact-finding exercises or excursions, etc. Effective Date: Upon becoming a law
Current Committee of Reference: No Current Committee
1/31/2018 SENATE Read Third Time; Passed (Vote: 37 Yeas / 0 Nays)
2/1/2018 HOUSE In Messages

SB 278 – Public Records/Department of State
Priority High/Support
Providing an exemption from public records requirements for certain information received by the Department of State from another state which is confidential or exempt pursuant to the laws of that state; providing for future legislative review and repeal of the exemption; providing a statement of public necessity, etc. Effective Date: On the same date that SB 276 or similar legislation takes effect, if such legislation is adopted in the same legislative session or an extension thereof and becomes a law
Current Committee of Reference: No Current Committee
1/29/2018 SENATE On Committee agenda – Rules, 02/01/18, 11:30 am, 110 S
2/1/2018 SENATE Favorable by Rules; 11 Yeas, 0 Nays
2/1/2018 SENATE Placed on Calendar, on 2nd reading
Identical to: HB 87 – Pub.Rec./Statewide Voter Registration System (Spano)
01/31/2018 HOUSE Read Second Time; Read Third Time; Passed (Vote: 111 Yeas / 0 Nays)
Linked to: SB 276 – Voter Registration List Maintenance (Hutson)
01/25/2018 SENATE Placed on Calendar, on 2nd reading

HB 317 – Local Tax Referenda
Priority High/Oppose
Provides that a referendum to adopt or amend a local discretionary sales surtax must be held at a general election. Effective Date: upon becoming a law
Current Committee of Reference: No Current Committee
1/31/2018 HOUSE Read Second Time; Read Third Time; Passed (Vote: 84 Yeas / 27 Nays)

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: Ethics and Elections
2/1/2018 SENATE On Committee agenda – Ethics and Elections, 02/06/18, 2:00 pm, 412 K

SB 560 – Public Meetings and Records/ Imminent Litigation
Priority Medium/Oppose
Expanding an exemption from public meetings requirements to allow specified entities to meet in private with attorneys and technical experts to discuss imminent litigation if certain conditions are met; requiring the transcript of a private meeting concerning imminent litigation to be made public upon the occurrence of a certain circumstance; providing for future legislative review and repeal of the exemption; providing a statement of public necessity, etc. Effective Date: 07/01/2018
Current Committee of Reference: No Current Committee
1/29/2018 SENATE Committee Substitute Text (C1) Filed
1/29/2018 SENATE Placed on Calendar, on 2nd reading

SB 810 – Vote-by-mail Ballots
Priority High/Support
Authorizing an elector to vote by personally delivering his or her completed vote-by-mail ballot to an early voting site in the elector’s county of residence during the site’s hours of operation, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2018
Current Committee of Reference: Ethics and Elections
2/1/2018 SENATE On Committee agenda – Ethics and Elections, 02/06/18, 2:00 pm, 412 K

HB 1319 – Voter Registration Maintenance
Support
Requires supervisors of elections to enter into agreements with clerks of circuit courts to receive specified information; 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: Transportation & Tourism Appropriations Subcommittee
2/2/2018 HOUSE On Committee agenda – Transportation & Tourism Appropriations Subcommittee, 02/06/18, 12:30 pm, 404 H

SB 1742 – Supermajority Vote Required to Increase State Tax Revenues by Increasing Taxes
Priority High/Oppose
Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to require a law that imposes a new tax, increases the rate or amount of a tax, or expands a tax base, and that results in a net increase in state revenues, to be approved by three-fifths of the membership of each house of the Legislature, etc.
Current Committee of Reference: Appropriations
1/29/2018 SENATE Favorable by Appropriations Subcommittee on Finance and Tax; 4 Yeas, 2 Nays
1/30/2018 SENATE Now in Appropriations

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
1/31/2018 HOUSE Read Second Time; Read Third Time; Passed (Vote: 114 Yeas / 0 Nays)
Identical to: SB 582 – Write-in Candidate Qualifying (Rader)
11/02/2017 SENATE Referred to Ethics and Elections; Community Affairs; Rules

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
1/31/2018 SENATE In Messages
2/1/2018 SENATE Received; Referred to Appropriations Subcommittee on Finance and Tax; Appropriations

HB 7003 – Local Government Ethics Reform
No Position
Provides that contractual relationships held by business entities are deemed held by public officers or employees in certain situations; provides ethics training requirements; prohibits certain governing board members from voting in official capacity on specified matters; requires certain members of municipality governing body to file disclosure; provides for future repeal of provisions relating to local government authority to enact rule or ordinance requiring lobbyists to register with local government; provides for future repeal of provisions relating to registration & reporting for lobbying water management districts; requires Commission on Ethics to create Local Government Lobbyist Registration System; requires lobbyists to register with commission before lobbying specified governmental entities; provides responsibilities of Governor; provides civil penalties. Effective Date: July 1, 2018
Current Committee of Reference: No Current Committee
1/30/2018 SENATE Received; Referred to Ethics and Elections; Governmental Oversight and Accountability; Rules
Linked to: HB 7005 – Trust Funds/Creation/Local Government Lobbyist Registration System Trust Fund (Public Integrity & Ethics Committee)
01/30/2018 SENATE Received; Referred to Ethics and Elections; Governmental Oversight and Accountability; Rules

HB 7005 – Trust Funds/Creation/Local Government Lobbyist Registration System Trust Fund
Creates Local Government Lobbyist Registration Trust Fund within Commission on Ethics; provides for purpose of trust fund & sources of funds; provides for future legislative review & termination or re-creation of trust fund. Effective Date: on the same date that HB 7003 or similar legislation takes effect
Current Committee of Reference: No Current Committee
1/30/2018 SENATE Received; Referred to Ethics and Elections; Governmental Oversight and Accountability; Rules
Linked to: HB 7003 – Local Government Ethics Reform (Public Integrity & Ethics Committee)
01/30/2018 SENATE Received; Referred to Ethics and Elections; Governmental Oversight and Accountability; Rules

Gun Safety

HB 39 – Weapons and Firearms
Priority High/Oppose
Removes statement of applicability relating to certain violations of carrying concealed weapon or firearm; reduces penalties applicable to person licensed to carry concealed weapon or firearm for first or second violation of specified provisions relating to openly carrying weapons; provides that person licensed to carry concealed weapon or firearm does not violate certain provisions if firearm is temporarily & openly displayed. Effective Date: July 1, 2018
Current Committee of Reference: Judiciary Committee
1/29/2018 HOUSE Favorable by Criminal Justice Subcommittee; 9 Yeas, 4 Nays
1/29/2018 HOUSE Now in Judiciary Committee

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.
Current Committee of Reference: No Current Committee
1/31/2018 HOUSE Read Second Time; Read Third Time; Passed (Vote: 110 Yeas / 2 Nays)
Identical to: SB 152 – Sale of Firearms (Steube)
02/01/2018 SENATE Retained on Special Order Calendar

SB 152 – Sale of Firearms
Priority Low/Support
Requiring Department of Law Enforcement procedures to allow the payment or transmittal of processing fees for criminal history checks of potential firearms buyers by electronic means; providing that criminal history check requests by licensed importers, manufacturers, and dealers to the department may be made by electronic means, etc.Effective Date: 10/1/2018
Current Committee of Reference: No Current Committee
1/30/2018 SENATE Placed on Special Order Calendar, 02/01/18
2/1/2018 SENATE Temporarily Postponed on Second Reading
2/1/2018 SENATE Retained on Special Order Calendar

SB 270 – Involuntary Examination and Involuntary Admission of Minors
No Position
Authorizing a designated law enforcement agency to decline to transport a minor 14 years of age or younger to a receiving facility for mental health or substance abuse evaluation if the parent or guardian of the minor agrees to transport the minor to the receiving facility; requiring the examination of a minor 14 years of age or younger to be initiated within 8 hours after the patient’s arrival at the receiving facility, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2018
Current Committee of Reference: Children, Families, and Elder Affairs
1/29/2018 SENATE Favorable by Criminal Justice; 7 Yeas, 0 Nays
1/30/2018 SENATE Now in Children, Families, and Elder Affairs

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 business licenses; commercial weights & measures; agricultural commodity marketing; seed labeling, sale, & solicitation; Florida Forest Service; & government impostor & deceptive advertisements. Effective Date: July 1, 2018
Current Committee of Reference: Commerce Committee
1/30/2018 HOUSE On Committee agenda – Commerce Committee, 02/01/18, 12:00 pm, 212 K
2/1/2018 HOUSE Favorable with CS by Commerce Committee; 21 Yeas, 3 Nays

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
1/29/2018 SENATE Committee Substitute Text (C1) Filed
1/29/2018 SENATE Now in Rules
1/29/2018 SENATE On Committee agenda – Rules, 02/01/18, 11:30 am, 110 S
2/1/2018 SENATE Favorable by Rules; 7 Yeas, 5 Nays
2/1/2018 SENATE Placed on Calendar, on 2nd reading

HB 1419 – Firearms
Priority High/Oppose
Authorizes religious institution to allow concealed weapons or concealed firearms licensee to carry firearm on property of institution for certain purposes. Effective Date: July 1, 2018
Current Committee of Reference: No Current Committee
1/30/2018 HOUSE On Committee agenda – Judiciary Committee, 02/01/18, 8:00 am, 404 H
2/1/2018 HOUSE Favorable by Judiciary Committee; 13 Yeas, 6 Nays
2/1/2018 HOUSE Placed on Calendar, on 2nd reading

HB 6013 – Return of Property
Priority High/Oppose
Removes provision requiring court to order return of pistol or firearm when pistol or firearm is taken by officer with search warrant or without search warrant upon viewing breach of peace. Effective Date: upon becoming a law
Current Committee of Reference: No Current Committee
1/31/2018 HOUSE Read Second Time; Read Third Time; Passed (Vote: 88 Yeas / 24 Nays)

Home Rule and Preemption

SB 194 – Limitation on Terms of Office for Members of a District School Board
No Position
Proposing amendments to the State Constitution to limit the terms of office for a member of a district school board, etc.
Current Committee of Reference: Education
1/30/2018 SENATE Favorable with CS by Ethics and Elections; 4 Yeas, 2 Nays
2/1/2018 SENATE Committee Substitute Text (C1) Filed
2/1/2018 SENATE Now in Education

HB 317 – Local Tax Referenda
Priority High/Oppose
Provides that a referendum to adopt or amend a local discretionary sales surtax must be held at a general election. Effective Date: upon becoming a law
Current Committee of Reference: No Current Committee
1/31/2018 HOUSE Read Second Time; Read Third Time; Passed (Vote: 84 Yeas / 27 Nays)

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: Ethics and Elections
2/1/2018 SENATE On Committee agenda – Ethics and Elections, 02/06/18, 2:00 pm, 412 K

Immigration

HB 9 – Federal Immigration Enforcement
Oppose
Designates act “Rule of Law Adherence Act”; prohibits sanctuary policies; requires state & local governmental agencies to comply with & support enforcement of federal immigration law; provides requirements concerning immigration detainers & certain arrested persons; prohibits restrictions on transfer of certain information related to enforcement of immigration law; authorizes law enforcement agency to transport unauthorized alien; authorizes ordinances for recovery immigration detainer costs; provides whistle-blower protections for certain officials; requires AG to prescribe format for complaints; provides injunctive relief & civil penalties; prohibits expenditure of public funds for specified purposes; provides cause of action for personal injury or wrongful death attributed to sanctuary policy; prohibits discrimination on specified grounds; requires repeal of existing sanctuary policies. Effective Date: July 1, 2018
Current Committee of Reference: No Current Committee
1/30/2018 SENATE Received; Referred to Judiciary; Rules

SB 308 – Federal Immigration Enforcement
Oppose
Citing this act as the “Rule of Law Adherence Act”; creating provisions relating to federal immigration enforcement; prohibiting sanctuary policies; requiring state entities, local governmental entities, and law enforcement agencies to comply with and support the enforcement of federal immigration law; authorizing a board of county commissioners to adopt an ordinance to recover costs for complying with an immigration detainer; authorizing local governmental entities and law enforcement agencies to petition the Federal Government for reimbursement of certain costs, etc. Effective Date: Except for sections 908.302 and 908.303, Florida Statutes, as created by this act, which shall take effect October 1, 2018, this act shall take effect July 1, 2018
Current Committee of Reference: Judiciary
1/30/2018 SENATE Temporarily Postponed by Judiciary

Juvenile Justice

SB 392 – Juvenile Justice
Priority High/Support
Increasing the age of a child at which a state attorney may, or is required to, request a court to transfer the child to adult court for criminal prosecution; increasing the age of a child at which a state attorney may, or is required to, file an information against the child for prosecution as an adult, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2018
Current Committee of Reference: Criminal Justice
2/1/2018 SENATE On Committee agenda – Criminal Justice, 02/06/18, 9:00 am, 37 S

Natural Resources

HB 53 – Coral Reefs
Priority Medium/Support
Establishes Southeast Florida Coral Reef Ecosystem Conservation Area. Effective Date: July 1, 2018
Current Committee of Reference: No Current Committee
1/31/2018 SENATE In Messages
1/31/2018 SENATE Received; Referred to Environmental Preservation and Conservation; Appropriations Subcommittee on the Environment and Natural Resources; Appropriations
2/1/2018 SENATE Withdrawn from Environmental Preservation and Conservation; Appropriations Subcommittee on the Environment and Natural Resources; Appropriations; Placed on Calendar, on 2nd reading; Substituted for SB 0232; Read Second Time; Placed on Third Reading, 02/07/18
Identical to: SB 232 – Coral Reefs (Book)
02/01/2018 SENATE Read Second Time; Substituted for HB 0053; Laid on Table, Refer to HB 0053

SB 174 – Coastal Management
Priority Medium/Support
Revising the criteria to be considered by the Department of Environmental Protection in determining and assigning annual funding priorities for beach management and erosion control projects; requiring that certain projects be considered separate and apart from other specified projects; revising requirements for the comprehensive long-term management plan; requiring certain funds from the Land Acquisition Trust Fund to be used for projects that preserve and repair state beaches, etc. Effective Date: Except as otherwise provided in this act, this act shall take effect July 1, 2018
Current Committee of Reference: Appropriations
1/31/2018 SENATE Favorable with CS by Appropriations; 20 Yeas, 0 Nays
2/2/2018 SENATE Committee Substitute Text (C1) Filed

SB 204 – Land Acquisition Trust Fund
No Position
Revising the specified appropriation for spring restoration, protection, and management projects; requiring a specified appropriation for certain projects related to the St. Johns River and its tributaries or the Keystone Heights Lake Region, etc. APPROPRIATION: Indeterminate Effective Date: 7/1/2018
Current Committee of Reference: No Current Committee
1/30/2018 SENATE Placed on Special Order Calendar, 02/01/18
2/1/2018 SENATE Read Second Time; Placed on Third Reading, 02/07/18

SB 232 – Coral Reefs
Priority Medium/Support
Establishing the Southeast Florida Coral Reef Ecosystem Conservation Area, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2018
Current Committee of Reference: No Current Committee
1/30/2018 SENATE Placed on Special Order Calendar, 02/01/18
2/1/2018 SENATE Read Second Time; Substituted for HB 0053; Laid on Table, Refer to HB 0053

HB 319 – Gulf of Mexico Range Complex
Priority High/Support
Supports extension of current moratorium on drilling in Gulf of Mexico east of Military Mission Line.
Current Committee of Reference: No Current Committee
1/31/2018 HOUSE Read Second Time; Adopted
Identical to: SB 550 – Gulf of Mexico Range Complex (Broxson)
02/01/2018 SENATE Placed on Calendar, on 2nd reading

SB 370 – Land Acquisition Trust Fund
Priority High/Support
Requiring a specified annual appropriation to the Florida Forever Trust Fund; prohibiting moneys from the Land Acquisition Trust Fund from being used for specified costs, etc. APPROPRIATION: $100,000,000.00 Effective Date: 7/1/2018
Current Committee of Reference: No Current Committee
1/31/2018 SENATE Read Third Time; Passed (Vote: 37 Yeas / 0 Nays)
2/1/2018 HOUSE In Messages

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: Environmental Preservation and Conservation
1/31/2018 SENATE On Committee agenda – Environmental Preservation and Conservation, 02/05/18, 4:30 pm, 37 S
Identical to: HB 237 – Advanced Well Stimulation Treatment (Peters)
10/12/2017 HOUSE Now in Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee

SB 550 – Gulf of Mexico Range Complex
Priority High/Support
Supporting an extension of the current moratorium on drilling in the Gulf of Mexico east of the Military Mission Line, etc.
Current Committee of Reference: No Current Committee
1/29/2018 SENATE On Committee agenda – Rules, 02/01/18, 11:30 am, 110 S
2/1/2018 SENATE Favorable by Rules; 12 Yeas, 0 Nays
2/1/2018 SENATE Placed on Calendar, on 2nd reading

HB 7063 – Natural Resources
Priority High/Support
Revises, creates, & repeals various provisions relating to acquisition, management, & disposition of conservation lands; water supply facilities, public water systems, & domestic wastewater systems; water resource development & capital improvement projects; distribution & use of funds from Florida Forever Trust Fund & Land Acquisition Trust Fund; rural-lands-protection easement programs; reservoir projects; & beneficial use of stormwater resulting from road construction; provides statement of important state interest. APPROPRIATION: Indeterminate Effective Date: 7/1/2018.
Current Committee of Reference: Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee
1/29/2018 HOUSE Filed (formerly PCB GAC2)
1/30/2018 HOUSE Referred to Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee; Appropriations Committee
1/30/2018 HOUSE Now in Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee
2/2/2018 HOUSE On Committee agenda – Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee, 02/06/18, 12:30 pm, 17 H

Reproductive Health

HB 41 – Pregnancy Support and Wellness Services
Priority High/Oppose
Requires DOH to contract with not-for-profit statewide alliance of organizations to provide pregnancy support & wellness services through subcontractors; provides duties of department; provides contract requirements; requires services to be provided in noncoercive manner & forbides inclusion of religious content. Effective Date: July 1, 2018
Current Committee of Reference: No Current Committee
1/30/2018 SENATE Received; Referred to Health Policy; Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services; Appropriations

SB 444 – Pregnancy Support Services
Priority High/Oppose
Requiring the Department of Health to contract with a not-for-profit statewide alliance of organizations to provide pregnancy support and wellness services through subcontractors; requiring the contractor to spend a specified percentage of funds on direct client services; specifying the entities eligible for a subcontract, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2018
Current Committee of Reference: No Current Committee
1/30/2018 SENATE Placed on Special Order Calendar, 02/01/18
2/1/2018 SENATE Temporarily Postponed on Second Reading
2/1/2018 SENATE Retained on Special Order Calendar

Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) Update

LWV Florida is part of a very large coalition of organizations that has been meeting weekly to review proposals, watchdog rules and procedures, and testify to committees. League testimony has been based on existing positions we have on various issues at the national or state level. The majority of the proposals we have been supporting or opposing have been in the areas of Elections, Education, Healthcare and Reproductive Rights, Natural Resources, and Home Rule.

This week began with 56 proposals remaining alive, of which 24 were on agenda in various committees this week. Friday was the last scheduled committee meeting for the CRC. Most of the remaining 56 proposals were reviewed in their final committees.

LWV Florida did not have a position on all proposals. However, the proposals that LWV took a position on this last week, our position of Support or Oppose, and the resulting action follows:

Prop 21 Felon Rights. Opposed. FAILED
Prop 10 Civic Literacy. Opposed. PASSED
Prop 62 Open Primaries. Supported. FAILED
Prop 22 Right of Privacy. Opposed. FAILED
Prop 95 Limits Powers of Local Government. Opposed. FAILED
Prop 93 Create Charter School Districts. Opposed. PASSED

The commission will begin their “Road to the Ballot” Public Hearing Tour February 6 – March 13. The commission will take the 49 proposal that passed committee before the public for comment.

Click here to view the CRC public meeting schedule. We want every Leaguer to attend a CRC public meeting and voice our position.

The entire commission will then likely begin debating and winnowing down proposals to those that will be on the ballot in November as proposed constitutional amendments. The first session is scheduled for March 19, 2018 in the Senate chambers. Sponsors of proposals may withdraw a proposal from consideration at any time in the process. Additionally, amendments may be made to proposals, much like legislative bills. The deadline for their work to be finalized is May 9, 2018.

You may check agendas on flcrc.gov and watch pubic tour and commission hearings on The Florida Channel which are live streamed.

On 2nd Reading Calendar: 36 (34.95%)
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Withdrawn from further consideration: 30 (29.13%)
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Unfavorable, Laid on Table: 27 (26.21%)
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In Committee: 10 (9.71%)
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Total Filed: 103 (100%)

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