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Capitol Report: February 23, 2018

Capitol Report: February 23, 2018

Stephanie Owens
Legislative Advocate

Education and gun bills were the focus of week 7. My observation for the week — Youth movements are powerful.

In the waning days of Black History Month, I’m reminded of the February 1960 sit-in when four black students from North Carolina A&T sat down at a segregated Woolworth’s lunch counter. By February 12, 1960 that movement had reached Rock Hill, South Carolina when over 100 black students staged sit-ins at various downtown lunch counters.

The youth politely asked for service. Their request was refused. When asked to leave, they remained in their seats. Their passive resistance and peaceful sit-down demand helped ignite a youth-led movement to challenge racial inequality throughout the South. Their commitment ultimately led to the desegregation of the F. W. Woolworth lunch counter on July 25, 1960.

The Parkland youth are the next big movement.

Did You Know: How to Kill a MockingBILL? A clear line in the sand drawn has been drawn on both sides of the aisle regarding gun and education bills. Expect amendments to most bills moving forward in an effort to force votes on issues of interest or to kill the bill. Bill sponsors have the opportunity to pull their bills or risk the bill dying in committee.

Weekly Highlights

Education

The Senate Education Committee adopted its slightly modified version of HB 7055, only after strike-all amendments, multiple other amendments, and several impassioned pleas to amend it even further. In the end, most of the House priorities remain in the bill. What was added was a credit in financial literacy as a graduation requirement.

The Senate reduced funding for the bullying voucher relief program and requires more documentation at the school level before a voucher is awarded, but the intent remains in place. After the events of last week, it is surprising, but the language that requires participation by 51% of the eligible membership for the instructional personnel union or a new certification vote must be held also remains in the bill. The teachers’ union is the only union so mandated. HB 7055 has one last stop before the Senate Appropriations Committee Tuesday morning at 11:00. The love shown to public schools and their teachers and administrators by the Parkland community fell on deaf ears.

Elections

HB 85 and HB 87 which are needed for ERIC have passed. So has Vote-by-mail which will allow voters to drop off their Vote-by-mail ballot in any early voting center, as well as a minor change to write-in candidates, which requires that they live in the district they are running in. Other good news is that HB 1049 which would have done away with Adopt-a-Precinct, has no Senate companion bill. The bad news is that SB 1742, which will require a supermajority vote to increase any tax revenue is still there. We are also monitoring SB 1582 which would target “aliens” on voter rolls, which could lead to misidentified citizens being dropped from the roles.  Next week will be important.

Gun Safety

The League, the Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence, and a number of other organizations held a rally in Tallahassee on Wednesday. At least, it was originally planned as a rally. What it turned out to be was evidence of a movement. THOUSANDS gathered at the Historic Capitol to demand changes to our state’s gun laws. It was said to be the largest gathering at the Capitol in almost 20 years.

People from all around the country and world watched as students made their voices heard loud and clear — we want assault weapons banned in our state, and we want expanded background checks. It was truly the experience of a lifetime. The passion that the #NeverAgain student movement works with and has created is inspiring.

Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) Update

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:

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 827 – Instructional Support
Support
Revises provisions relating to review & adoption of instructional materials, dual enrollment programs, School Community Professional Development Act, & statewide standardized assessments; provides contingent appropriations. Effective Date: July 1, 2018
Current Committee of Reference: Education Committee
2/19/2018 HOUSE Committee Substitute Text (C2) Filed

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: Appropriations
2/19/2018 Bill to be Discussed During the Office of EDR’s Revenue Estimating Impact Conference, 02/21/18, 1:30 pm, 117 K (No Votes Will Be Taken)
2/20/2018 SENATE Favorable with 1 Amendment by Education; 9 Yeas, 0 Nays
2/22/2018 SENATE Now in Appropriations
2/22/2018 SENATE On Committee agenda – Appropriations, 02/27/18, 11:00 am, 412 K
02/22/2018 HOUSE Placed on Special Order Calendar, 02/28/18

HB 7087 – Taxation
No position
Provides an exemption from excise tax on certain documents notes & mortgages related to housing financing authority; provides sales tax exemptions for specified products destroyed or reduced in value as a result of hurricanes; authorizes ad valorem tax exemptions under specified situations; provides documentary stamp tax exemption for certain transfers of homestead property between spouses; reduces tax levied on specified fees charged for use of real property; revises total amount of community contribution tax credits for projects related to housing opportunities; modifies calculation of dealer’s collection allowance; revises provisions regarding adjusted taxable income for corporate income tax purposes; increases total amount of contaminated site rehabilitation tax credits; requires specified reduction of civil penalties; increases tax credits for rehabilitation of drycleaning-solvent-contaminated sites & brownfield sites; extends carry forward period for unused tax credits; provides an appropriation. Effective Date: July 1, 2018
Current Committee of Reference: Appropriations Committee
2/19/2018 HOUSE Filed (Formerly PCB WMC3)
2/20/2018 Bill to be Discussed During the Office of EDR’s Revenue Estimating Impact Conference, 02/21/18, 1:30 pm, 117 K (No Votes Will Be Taken)
2/20/2018 HOUSE Referred to Appropriations Committee
2/20/2018 HOUSE Now in Appropriations Committee
2/20/2018 HOUSE On Committee agenda – Appropriations Committee, 02/22/18, 1:00 pm, 212 K – PCS
2/22/2018 Bill to be Discussed During the Office of EDR’s Criminal Justice Estimating Impact Conference, 02/23/18, 2:00 pm, 117 K (No Votes Will Be Taken)
2/22/2018 HOUSE Favorable with CS by Appropriations Committee; 18 Yeas, 7 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
2/21/2018 SENATE Read Third Time; Passed (Vote: 36 Yeas / 0 Nays)
Linked to: HB 87 – Pub.Rec./Statewide Voter Registration System (Spano)
02/21/2018 SENATE Read Third Time; Passed (Vote: 37 Yeas / 0 Nays)

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
2/21/2018 SENATE Read Third Time; Passed (Vote: 37 Yeas / 0 Nays)

SB 100 – Identification Card and Driver License Fees for Veterans
Priority High/Support
Deleting fees for adding the word “Veteran” to an identification card or a driver license; revising acceptable forms of identification required to add the word “Veteran” to an identification card or a driver license; prohibiting tax collectors from charging certain driver license service fees to veterans who present specified forms of identification, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2018
Current Committee of Reference: No Current Committee
2/22/2018 SENATE Placed on Special Order Calendar, 02/27/18

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: Rules
2/20/2018 SENATE Favorable by Community Affairs; 7 Yeas, 0 Nays
2/20/2018 SENATE Now in Rules
2/21/2018 SENATE On Committee agenda – Rules, 02/26/18, 2:30 pm, 412 K
Identical to: HB 6009 – Write-In Candidates (Geller)
02/08/2018 SENATE Received; Referred to Ethics and Elections; Community Affairs; Rules

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: Rules
2/19/2018 SENATE On Committee agenda – Rules, 02/22/18, 10:00 am, 110 S
2/22/2018 SENATE Favorable with CS by Rules; 13 Yeas, 0 Nays
2/22/2018 SENATE Committee Substitute Text (C1) Filed

HB 1049 – Poll Workers
Priority Low/Oppose
Prohibits certain organizations from placing certain signage or paraphernalia in specified locations; prohibits supervisor of elections from paying organization in lieu of poll worker; prohibits certain poll workers from wearing certain items in specified locations during specified times. Effective Date: July 1, 2018
Current Committee of Reference: Government Accountability Committee
2/20/2018 HOUSE On Committee agenda – Government Accountability Committee, 02/22/18, 9:00 am, 17 H
2/22/2018 HOUSE Favorable with CS by Government Accountability Committee; 18 Yeas, 0 Nays
2/22/2018 HOUSE Committee Substitute Text (C1) Filed

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: No Current Committee
2/19/2018 HOUSE Placed on Calendar, on 2nd reading
2/22/2018 HOUSE Placed on Special Order Calendar, 02/28/18

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: Appropriations
2/20/2018 SENATE Favorable with 1 Amendment by Appropriations Subcommittee on Finance and Tax; 4 Yeas, 2 Nays
2/21/2018 SENATE Now in Appropriations
2/22/2018 SENATE On Committee agenda – Appropriations, 02/27/18, 11:00 am, 412 K

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
2/21/2018 SENATE Temporarily Postponed on Third Reading

SB 328 – Veteran Identification
Neutral
Requiring the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to create a veteran identification card for certain purposes; authorizing use of the card as proof of veteran status for expedited processing of an application for a license to carry a concealed weapon or firearm, etc. Effective Date: 1/1/2019
Current Committee of Reference: Appropriations
2/19/2018 SENATE On Committee agenda – Appropriations, 02/22/18, 2:00 pm, 412 K
2/22/2018 SENATE Not Considered by Appropriations
2/22/2018 SENATE On Committee agenda – Appropriations, 02/27/18, 11:00 am, 412 K

SB 740 – Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Priority High/Oppose
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
2/19/2018 SENATE On Committee agenda – Appropriations, 02/22/18, 2:00 pm, 412 K
2/22/2018 SENATE Favorable with CS by Appropriations; 20 Yeas, 0 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
2/21/2018 SENATE Temporarily Postponed on Third Reading

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

SB 7022 – Firearm Safety
No Position
Authorizing a law enforcement officer to seize and hold firearms and ammunition if taking custody of a person who poses a potential danger to himself or herself or others and who has made a credible threat against another person; prohibiting a person who has been adjudicated mentally defective or been committed to a mental institution from owning or possessing a firearm until certain relief is obtained; prohibiting a person younger than a certain age from purchasing a firearm, etc.
Current Committee of Reference: Rules
2/21/2018 SENATE Filed
2/21/2018 SENATE On Committee agenda – Rules, 02/26/18, 2:30 pm, 412 K
2/22/2018 SENATE On Committee agenda – Appropriations, 02/27/18, 11:00 am, 412 K – If Received
2/23/2018 SENATE Text Refiled

Home Rule and Preemption

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 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: 7/1/2020
Current Committee of Reference: Rules
2/20/2018 SENATE Favorable with CS by Community Affairs; 4 Yeas, 3 Nays
2/21/2018 SENATE Committee Substitute Text (C2) Filed
2/23/2018 SENATE Now in Rules

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
2/20/2018 SENATE In Messages
2/20/2018 SENATE Received; Referred to Ethics and Elections; Community Affairs; Rules

Natural Resources

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: No Current Committee
2/19/2018 SENATE On Committee agenda – Appropriations, 02/22/18, 2:00 pm, 412 K
2/22/2018 SENATE Favorable by Appropriations; 20 Yeas, 0 Nays
2/22/2018 SENATE Placed on Calendar, on 2nd reading
Identical to: HB 7043 – State Assumption of Federal Section 404 Dredge and Fill Permitting Authority (Natural Resources & Public Lands Subcommittee)
02/21/2018 HOUSE Read Third Time; Passed (Vote: 112 Yeas / 2 Nays)

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
2/20/2018 HOUSE Read Second Time; Amendment Withdrawn (188569); Placed on Third Reading, 02/21/18
2/21/2018 HOUSE Read Third Time; Passed (Vote: 112 Yeas / 2 Nays)

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
2/20/2018 HOUSE On Committee agenda – Appropriations Committee, 02/22/18, 1:00 pm, 212 K
2/22/2018 HOUSE Favorable with CS by Appropriations Committee; 24 Yeas, 0 Nays

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
2/21/2018 HOUSE Ordered enrolled
2/21/2018 HOUSE Enrolled Text (ER) Filed

HB 1429 – Dismemberment Abortion
Priority High/Oppose
Dismemberment Abortion: Prohibits dismemberment abortion; provides exception; provides penalties. Effective Date: July 1, 2018.
Current Committee of Reference: No Current Committee
2/22/2018 HOUSE Placed on Special Order Calendar, 02/28/18

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