Capitol Report: February 9, 2018

Capitol Report: February 9, 2018

“Bringing Tallahassee to your Doorstep”

Filed by: Stephanie Owens

Five weeks down, three to go – in “regular” session. We are officially past the halfway point.

BTW, this is the earliest a budget has been presented in several sessions. Everyone knows you can’t raise money for your campaign if you’re in session. The 2018 session may very well end on time.

Week five features the League’s 2018 Legislative Summit with over 200 members descending upon Tallahassee to make our voices heard on over 150 legislative bills. This week, we will recap our activities in photos.=

Did You Know: There were over 3000 bills filed in this legislative session? Guess how many had action last week?

Per LobbyTools** The week had 41 committees meeting to see 241 individual bills, and 341 amendments were filed. Also, this week, four general bills (HBs 6021, 53, 5007, and 41) have passed both chambers and are ready for action by the governor.

Weekly stats below:

2018 Session – Week 5 Breakdown
– Amendments Filed: 341
– Bills with Actions: 1029
– Texts Filed: 84
– Committee Meetings: 41
– Bills Seen in Committee: 241
– Floor Sessions: 4

2018 Legislative Summit Highlights:

Advocacy Training

League members spent the afternoon in an in-depth training on bill tracking and discussing key legislation, the leagues’ position and strategies to engage legislators on our positions. A few members suggested new bills to monitor!

 

 

 

Lucy Morgan

Pulitzer prize winning Tampa Bay Times Reporter Lucy Morgan spoke to our members about the culture of sexual harassment and intimidation that has thrived in Tallahassee for decades, and how the #MeToo movement is shedding light on misconduct.

Legislative Briefings

Legislators spoke to our members on Wednesday morning to share their insight on their legislation and take questions on our priorities. Legislators included: Sen. Victor Torres, Jr., Sen. Jose Javier Rodriguez, Sen. Annette Taddeo, Rep. Lori Berman, Rep. Bob Rommel, Rep. Robert Asencio, Rep. Richard Stark, Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, Rep. Wengay ‘Newt’ Newton, Rep. Byron Donalds, Rep. Ben Diamond, Rep. Randy Fine, Rep. Joe Geller, and Rep. Robert ‘Bobby O’ Olszewski.

CRC Press Conference

The League of Women Voters of Florida joined with 18 partner organizations to count down the “worst of the worst” proposals to amend Florida’s Constitution on the steps of the capitol today. You can view the full press conference and capture comments from speakers via the Facebook Live posted on the LWVFL page here.

Partners included: American Civil Liberties Union Florida, Anti-Defamation League, Common Cause Florida, Florida Policy Institute, Florida Education Association, Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates, Progress Florida, Florida NOW, For Our Future, Florida PTA, Florida AFL-CIO, Sierra Club, Southern Poverty Law Center, Florida Public Defender Association and Florida First Amendment Foundation

Solar Press Conference

On Wednesday we held a second press conference with allied organizations— this time to inform the public that our solar initiatives are working! In 2016, Florida had a 110% increase in rooftop solar permits. There is still work to do, but Florida is finally beginning to take its place as the Sunshine State.

You can watch the entire press conference on our Facebook page.

Making Democracy Work Awards

At Wednesday night’s Gala at the Tallahassee Women’s Club, we honored two lawmakers for their outstanding contributions in legislation to implement Amendment 4 this past Session. This has contributed immensely to Florida’s huge growth in rooftop solar! It was an honor to present the 2018 Making Democracy Work Award to Sen. Jeff Brandes and Rep. Lori Berman.

Advocacy in Action Awards

Prior to Summit, we took nominations from local League members for the Advocacy in Action award. This award goes to Leagues who have gone above and beyond in advocacy efforts in the community. These Leagues exhibit the grit and determination that the League is known for!

1st Place – LWV of Miami-Dade County
2nd Place – LWV of Palm Beach County
3rd Place – LWV of Alachua County

Honorable Mentions:

LWV of Broward County
LWV of Collier County
LWV of the Space Coast

Legislative Update

The first substantive General Bill to successfully pass both chambers: HB 41 (Pregnancy Support and Wellness Services). It will be ordered enrolled and sent to Governor Rick Scott for approval.

News You can Use

Voter information legislation stalls in state session
“It’s really the number one complaint we get at the local county Supervisor of Election level,” said David Ramba of the Florida State Association of Elections Supervisors. (TV – Tallahassee CBS (WCTV)

Florida House ties major education policy changes to its budget plan (Palm Beach Post)

Florida will put funding for pro-life centers into law if the governor signs this bill (Miami Herald)

The House and Senate pass similar-sized budgets, with vastly different spending categories. The House passed its $87.2 billion budget on a highly partisan vote of 85-27 Senators passed an $87.3 billion budget on a 33-to-1 vote, with state Sen. Jose Javier Rodriguez was the lone holdout (Tampa Bay Times)

Halfway through session, lawmakers getting little done as campaign trail beckons (Orlando Sentinel)

 

Weekly Legislative Action

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: Education Committee
2/5/2018 HOUSE Now in Education Committee
2/5/2018 HOUSE On Committee agenda – Education Committee, 02/07/18, 9:00 am, 102 H
2/7/2018 HOUSE Favorable with CS by Education Committee; 14 Yeas, 4 Nays
2/9/2018 HOUSE Committee Substitute Text (C2) Filed

HJR 1031 – Limitation on Terms of Office for Members of a District School Board
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: Education Committee
2/5/2018 HOUSE On Committee agenda – Education Committee, 02/07/18, 9:00 am, 102 H
2/7/2018 HOUSE Not Considered by Education Committee

SB 1172 Hope Scholarship Program
Establishing the Hope Scholarship Program; providing Department of Education obligations relating to participating students and private schools and program requirements; authorizing certain persons to elect to direct certain state sales and use tax revenue to be transferred to a nonprofit scholarship-funding organization for the Hope Scholarship Program, etc. Effective Date: Upon becoming a law
Current Committee of Reference: Appropriations Subcommittee on Pre-K – 12 Education
2/5/2018 SENATE On Committee agenda – Appropriations Subcommittee on Pre-K – 12 Education, 02/08/18, 10:00 am, 412 K
2/8/2018 SENATE Favorable with CS by Appropriations Subcommittee on Pre-K – 12 Education; 6 Yeas, 2 Nays

SB 1434 – K-12 Education Enhancements
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 Subcommittee on Pre-K – 12 Education
2/9/2018 SENATE On Committee agenda – Appropriations Subcommittee on Pre-K – 12 Education, 02/14/18, 1:30 pm, 412 K

SB 1756 – School Accountability
Support
Revising the private schools to which the Department of Education is required to provide technical assistance and authorized staff; revising requirements for private schools that participate in the Gardiner Scholarship Program; revising the purpose of department site visits at private schools participating in the John M. McKay Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program; requiring a private school to employ or contract with teachers who meet certain qualifications and provide information about such qualifications to the department and parents, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2018
Current Committee of Reference: Appropriations Subcommittee on Pre-K – 12 Education
2/5/2018 SENATE On Committee agenda – Appropriations Subcommittee on Pre-K – 12 Education, 02/08/18, 10:00 am, 412 K
2/8/2018 SENATE Favorable with CS by Appropriations Subcommittee on Pre-K – 12 Education; 8 Yeas, 0 Nays

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
2/7/2018 HOUSE Read Second Time; Amendments Withdrawn (479871, 143909, 495797, 537775, 286703); Amendments Failed (312085, 948753, 977793, 660135, 912217, 444023, 334521, 418655, 838551, 629607, 179073, 809745, 652925, 241103, 548133, 592485, 193449, 077043, 740863, 051511); Placed on Third Reading, 02/08/18
2/8/2018 HOUSE Read Third Time; Passed (Vote: 66 Yeas / 43 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
2/7/2018 SENATE In Messages
2/7/2018 SENATE Received; Referred to Ethics and Elections; Appropriations; Rules
2/8/2018 SENATE Withdrawn from Ethics and Elections; Appropriations; Rules; Placed on Calendar, on 2nd reading; Substituted for SB 0276; Read Second Time; Placed on Third Reading, 02/14/18
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)
02/08/2018 SENATE Withdrawn from Ethics and Elections; Governmental Oversight and Accountability; Rules; Placed on Calendar, on 2nd reading; Substituted for SB 0278; Read Second Time; Placed on Third Reading, 02/14/18

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
2/7/2018 SENATE In Messages
2/7/2018 SENATE Received; Referred to Ethics and Elections; Governmental Oversight and Accountability; Rules
2/8/2018 SENATE Withdrawn from Ethics and Elections; Governmental Oversight and Accountability; Rules; Placed on Calendar, on 2nd reading; Substituted for SB 0278; Read Second Time; Placed on Third Reading, 02/14/18
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)
02/08/2018 SENATE Withdrawn from Ethics and Elections; Appropriations; Rules; Placed on Calendar, on 2nd reading; Substituted for SB 0276; Read Second Time; Placed on Third Reading, 02/14/18

SB 276 – Voter Registration List Maintenance
Priority High/Support
Authorizing the Department of State to enter into certain interstate agreements or to become a member of a nongovernmental entity to verify voter registration information; requiring the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to provide specified information to the Department of State, etc. Effective Date: 1/1/2019
Current Committee of Reference: No Current Committee
2/6/2018 SENATE Placed on Special Order Calendar, 02/08/18
2/8/2018 SENATE Read Second Time; Substituted for HB 0085; Laid on Table, Refer to HB 0085
Linked 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

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
2/6/2018 SENATE Placed on Special Order Calendar, 02/08/18
2/8/2018 SENATE Read Second Time; Substituted for HB 0087; Laid on Table, Refer to HB 0087

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
2/7/2018 SENATE In Messages
2/8/2018 SENATE Received; Referred to Community Affairs; Appropriations Subcommittee on Finance and Tax; Appropriations; Rules

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: Governmental Oversight and Accountability
2/6/2018 SENATE Favorable by Ethics and Elections; 7 Yeas, 0 Nays
2/7/2018 SENATE Now in Governmental Oversight and Accountability
2/8/2018 SENATE On Committee agenda – Governmental Oversight and Accountability, 02/13/18, 10:00 am, 401 S

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: Ethics and Elections
2/8/2018 SENATE On Committee agenda – Ethics and Elections, 02/13/18, 2:00 pm, 412 K
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
Priority High/Support
Authorizes absent elector to personally deliver, or have his or her immediate family member personally deliver, his or her completed vote-by-mail ballot to early voting site during specified hours; requires Division of Elections to adopt rules. Effective Date: July 1, 2018
Current Committee of Reference: Public Integrity & Ethics Committee
2/6/2018 HOUSE On Committee agenda – Public Integrity & Ethics Committee, 02/08/18, 9:00 am, 404 H
2/8/2018 HOUSE Favorable with CS by Public Integrity & Ethics Committee; 15 Yeas, 2 Nays

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
2/6/2018 SENATE Favorable by Ethics and Elections; 7 Yeas, 0 Nays
2/7/2018 SENATE Now in Rules

HB 1319 – Voter Registration Maintenance
Oppose
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: Public Integrity & Ethics Committee
2/6/2018 HOUSE Favorable by Transportation & Tourism Appropriations Subcommittee; 10 Yeas, 3 Nays
2/6/2018 HOUSE Now in Public Integrity & Ethics Committee

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
2/7/2018 SENATE In Messages
2/8/2018 SENATE Received; Referred to Ethics and Elections; Community Affairs; Rules
Identical to: SB 582 – Write-in Candidate Qualifying (Rader)
02/08/2018 SENATE On Committee agenda – Ethics and Elections, 02/13/18, 2:00 pm, 412 K

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: No Current Committee
2/5/2018 HOUSE On Committee agenda – Judiciary Committee, 02/07/18, 9:00 am, 404 H
2/7/2018 HOUSE Favorable by Judiciary Committee; 14 Yeas, 6 Nays
2/7/2018 HOUSE Placed on Calendar, on 2nd reading

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
2/7/2018 SENATE In Messages
2/7/2018 SENATE Received; Referred to Judiciary; Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice; Appropriations
2/8/2018 SENATE Withdrawn from Judiciary; Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice; Appropriations; Placed on Calendar, on 2nd reading; Substituted for SB 0152; Read Second Time; Placed on Third Reading, 02/14/18
Identical to: SB 152 – Sale of Firearms (Steube)
02/08/2018 SENATE Read Second Time; Substituted for HB 0055; Laid on Table, Refer to HB 0055

SB 152 – Sale of Firearms
Priority Low/Support
Sale of Firearms; 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
2/7/2018 SENATE Temporarily Postponed on Second Reading
2/7/2018 SENATE Retained on Special Order Calendar
2/8/2018 SENATE Read Second Time; Substituted for HB 0055; Laid on Table, Refer to HB 0055

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: Commerce Committee
2/8/2018 HOUSE Committee Substitute Text (C2) Filed

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
2/7/2018 SENATE In Messages
2/8/2018 SENATE Received; Referred to Criminal Justice; Judiciary; Rules

Home Rule and Preemption

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
2/7/2018 SENATE In Messages
2/8/2018 SENATE Received; Referred to Community Affairs; Appropriations Subcommittee on Finance and Tax; Appropriations; Rules

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: Education Committee
2/5/2018 HOUSE On Committee agenda – Education Committee, 02/07/18, 9:00 am, 102 H
2/7/2018 HOUSE Not Considered by Education Committee

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
2/6/2018 SENATE Favorable with CS by Ethics and Elections; 4 Yeas, 3 Nays
2/7/2018 SENATE Committee Substitute Text (C1) Filed
2/8/2018 SENATE Now in Community Affairs

HB 7037 – Election Dates for Municipal Office
Oppose
Requires governing body of municipality to determine dates on which initial & runoff elections for municipal office are held & providing options therefor; preempts to state authority to establish election dates for municipal elections; requires municipal recall elections to be held concurrently with municipal elections under certain conditions; repeals provision relating to change of dates for cause in municipal elections; extends terms of incumbent elected municipal officers until next municipal election. Effective Date: July 1, 2020
Current Committee of Reference: No Current Committee
2/8/2018 HOUSE Placed on Special Order Calendar, 02/14/18

Juvenile Justice

SB 392 – Juvenile Justice Bracy
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
2/6/2018 SENATE Not Considered by Criminal Justice

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
2/7/2018 SENATE Read Third Time; Passed (Vote: 35 Yeas / 0 Nays)
2/8/2018 HOUSE Ordered enrolled
2/9/2018 HOUSE Enrolled Text (ER) Filed
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, etc. Effective Date: Except as otherwise provided in this act, this act shall take effect July 1, 2018
Current Committee of Reference: No Current Committee
2/5/2018 SENATE Placed on Calendar, on 2nd reading

SB 204 – Land Acquisition Trust Fund
Priority Medium/Neutral
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
2/7/2018 SENATE Read Third Time; Passed (Vote: 35 Yeas / 0 Nays)
2/8/2018 HOUSE In Messages

SB 316 – Environmental Regulation Commission
Priority High/Support
Requiring the Governor to appoint a new member to the commission within a certain timeframe after the occurrence of a vacancy; requiring certain proposed rules submitted to the commission to receive specified vote totals for approval or modification, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2018
Current Committee of Reference: Ethics and Elections
2/8/2018 SENATE On Committee agenda – Ethics and Elections, 02/13/18, 2:00 pm, 412 K
Identical to: HB 203 – Environmental Regulation Commission (Willhite)
11/06/2017 HOUSE Now in Judiciary Committee

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 Subcommittee on the Environment and Natural Resources
2/5/2018 SENATE Favorable by Environmental Preservation and Conservation; 10 Yeas, 0 Nays
2/6/2018 SENATE Now in Appropriations Subcommittee on the Environment and Natural Resources
2/9/2018 SENATE On Committee agenda – Appropriations Subcommittee on the Environment and Natural Resources, 02/14/18, 1:30 pm, 301 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
2/6/2018 SENATE Placed on Special Order Calendar, 02/08/18
2/8/2018 SENATE Read Second Time; Adopted
Identical to: HB 319 – Gulf of Mexico Range Complex (Ponder)
01/31/2018 HOUSE Read Second Time; Adopted

SB 1402 – State Assumption of Federal Section 404 Dredge and Fill Permitting Authority
Priority High/Neutral
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 Subcommittee on the Environment and Natural Resources
2/9/2018 SENATE On Committee agenda – Appropriations Subcommittee on the Environment and Natural Resources, 02/14/18, 1:30 pm, 301 S
Identical to: HB 7043 – State Assumption of Federal Section 404 Dredge and Fill Permitting Authority (Natural Resources & Public Lands Subcommittee)
02/08/2018 HOUSE Placed on Calendar, on 2nd reading

HB 7043 – State Assumption of Federal Section 404 Dredge and Fill Permitting Authority
Priority High/Neutral
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
2/6/2018 HOUSE On Committee agenda – Government Accountability Committee, 02/08/18, 9:00 am, 17 H
2/8/2018 HOUSE Favorable by Government Accountability Committee; 19 Yeas, 0 Nays
2/8/2018 HOUSE 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
2/6/2018 HOUSE Favorable with CS by Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee; 13 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
2/7/2018 SENATE Withdrawn from Health Policy; Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services; Appropriations; Placed on Calendar, on 2nd reading; Substituted for SB 0444; Read Second Time; Amendments Withdrawn (882868, 401240, 163744, 780182, 147560, 876484, 749088); Amendment Failed (312228); Placed on Third Reading, 02/08/18
2/8/2018 SENATE Read Third Time; Amendment Failed (894162); Passed (Vote: 21 Yeas / 12 Nays)
Similar to: SB 444 – Pregnancy Support Services (Bean)
02/07/2018 SENATE Read Second Time; Amendments Failed (199626, 468406, 183484, 440400, 930580, 459178, 141520, 278352); Amendment Adopted (840114); Substituted for HB 0041; Laid on Table, Refer to HB 0041

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
2/7/2018 SENATE Read Second Time; Amendments Failed (199626, 468406, 183484, 440400, 930580, 459178, 141520, 278352); Amendment Adopted (840114); Substituted for HB 0041; Laid on Table, Refer to HB 0041

HB 1429 – Dismemberment Abortion
Priority High/Oppose
Prohibits dismemberment abortion; provides exception; provides penalties. Effective Date: July 1, 2018.
Current Committee of Reference: Health & Human Services Committee
2/5/2018 HOUSE On Committee agenda – Judiciary Committee, 02/07/18, 9:00 am, 404 H
2/7/2018 HOUSE Favorable by Judiciary Committee; 12 Yeas, 7 Nays
2/7/2018 HOUSE Now in Health & Human Services Committee
Similar to: SB 1890 – Dismemberment Abortion (Mayfield)
01/25/2018 Bill to be Discussed During the Office of EDR’s Criminal Justice Impact Conference, 01/29/18, 3:00 pm, 117 K (No Votes Will Be Taken)

 

Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) Update

This week the commission began their “Road to the Ballot” Public Hearing Tour February 6 in Davie at Nova Southeastern University, the first of five public hearings that will be held across the state by the 37-member commission through March 13th

Nine other “shell” proposals, which contain general language and pertain to general areas like education or local government, are still in the committees. Those measures will be advanced to the floor, where they will be amended with specific proposals.

Tuesday afternoon at Nova Southeastern University in Davie over 300 of the 600 Floridians in attendance, spoke during the first public hearing of the amendments up for debate on the state’s Constitution Revision Committee (CRC)

Starting March 19, the entire commission will meet to debate and select 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.

Watch the pubic tour and commission hearings on The Florida Channel which are live streamed.

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