Capitol Report: March 4, 2018

Capitol Report: March 4, 2018

Stephanie Owens
Legislative Advocate

A Saturday session during Week 8 calls for a Special Edition of the Capitol Report. For the second week in a row, the legislative session focused primarily on comprehensive education and gun safety bills. There are just 4 days remaining for the League to contact legislators and encourage family and friends to do to the same.

Did You Know: The only constitutional requirement of the legislator is to produce a budget? The legislature is deep into the budget process. Senator Bradley and Representative Trujillo are the Presiding officers of the conference. Pursuant to Joint Rule 2, and in keeping with recent practice, there will be an opportunity for public testimony at each conference meeting. As of 10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 4, all unresolved issues will bump to the presiding officers.

Last week’s action alerts

Gun Safety

SB 7026 – Placed on Third Reading in Senate
HB 7101 – Temporarily Postponed on Second Reading

Education

HB 7055 – Placed on Third Reading in Senate

Election Law

HJR 7001 – Placed on Third Reading in Senate

News You can Use

AP Top News at 4:33 a.m. EST (Tampa Bay Online)

(AP) — The Florida Senate agreed to advance a bill that would increase school safety and restrict gun purchases during a rare weekend session that often turned into a debate on gun control and arming teachers in the aftermath of last month’s Parkland school shootings.

Scott Options Limited for Stopping Legislature Armed Teacher Plan

Senate vote deals blow to teachers union

Senate Advances major education bill

OUR VIEW: Keep a lid on shenanigans (Daytona Beach News Journal)

Lawmakers are also going down to the wire on some major budget issues, including a Medicaid funding shift that would hurt safety net hospital systems like Halifax Health Medical Center.

Editorial: Finishing your work has a new meaning, lawmakers (Marco Island News)

Representatives repeated the same mistake this year with another expansive education measure in HB 7055 and are legislating an overbroad home-rule attack on local government with HB 833.

Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) Update

The CRC “Road to the Ballot” Public Hearing Tour continues. In Pensacola on February 27, more than 300 Floridians were in attendance, with over 140 Floridians speaking to the Commission.
The CRC will meet in Cape Coral on Monday, March 5th. The last meeting of the CRC is Tuesday, March 13th in St. Petersburg, FL. If you can attend, please join to amplify the League’s position.
The first meeting of the full Commission post-public hearings will be on March 19, 2018 in Tallahassee.

For more details on the locations check flcrc.gov. You can always watch the public 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
2/27/2018 HOUSE Placed on Special Order Calendar, 03/02/18
3/2/2018 HOUSE Read Second Time; Amendments Adopted (439925, 109767, 357475, 703681, 541089,); Amendment Withdrawn (390773); Placed on Third Reading, 03/05/18
3/2/2018 HOUSE Engrossed Text (E1) 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: No Current Committee
2/27/2018 SENATE Favorable with 1 amendment (692180) by Appropriations; 11 Yeas, 7 Nays
2/28/2018 SENATE Placed on Calendar, on 2nd reading
2/28/2018 SENATE Placed on Special Order Calendar, 03/02/18
3/2/2018 SENATE Read Second Time; Amendments Failed (692180, 903516, 489008, 189308, 156846, 234358, 785856, 368248); Amendments Adopted (734058, 139702, 213912, 331972, 264370, 295692, 168862); Placed on Third Reading

Elections

HB 79 – Public Meetings
Priority Medium/Support
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
2/26/2018 HOUSE Favorable with CS by Government Accountability Committee; 14 Yeas, 0 Nays
2/26/2018 HOUSE Committee Substitute Text (C1) Filed

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
2/27/2018 HOUSE Ordered enrolled
2/27/2018 HOUSE Enrolled Text (ER) Filed
Linked to: HB 87 – Pub.Rec./Statewide Voter Registration System (Spano)
02/27/2018 HOUSE Enrolled Text (ER) Filed

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
2/27/2018 HOUSE Ordered enrolled
2/27/2018 HOUSE Enrolled Text (ER) Filed

SB 100 – Identification Card and Driver License Fees for Veterans
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
2/27/2018 SENATE Read Second Time; Placed on Third Reading, 02/28/18
2/28/2018 SENATE Read Third Time; Passed (Vote: 35 Yeas / 0 Nays)
2/28/2018 HOUSE In Messages

SB 272 – Local Tax Referenda
Priority High/Oppose
Revising the voter approval threshold required to pass a referendum to adopt or amend local government discretionary sales surtaxes when the referendum is held at any date other than a general election, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2018
Current Committee of Reference: Appropriations
3/1/2018 SENATE On Committee agenda – Appropriations, 03/02/18, 9:00 am, 412 K – PCS
3/2/2018 SENATE Favorable with CS by Appropriations; 11 Yeas, 7 Nays

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: No Current Committee
2/26/2018 SENATE Not Considered by Rules
2/28/2018 SENATE On Committee agenda – Rules, 03/01/18, 9:00 am, 412 K
3/1/2018 SENATE Favorable by Rules; 12 Yeas, 0 Nays
3/2/2018 SENATE Placed on Calendar, on 2nd reading

HB 609 – Vote-by-Mail Ballots
Priority High/Support
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
2/27/2018 HOUSE Placed on Special Order Calendar, 03/02/18
3/2/2018 HOUSE Engrossed Text (E1) Filed
3/2/2018 HOUSE Read Second Time; Amendment Adopted (943755); Placed on Third Reading, 03/05/18
Identical to: SB 810 – Vote-by-mail Ballots (Powell)
02/26/2018 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: No Current Committee
2/26/2018 SENATE Placed on Calendar, on 2nd reading
Identical to: HB 609 – Vote-by-Mail Ballots (Davis)
03/02/2018 HOUSE Read Second Time; Amendment Adopted (943755); Placed on Third Reading, 03/05/18

HB 1049 – Poll Workers Sullivan
Oppose
Poll Workers: 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: No Current Committee
2/26/2018 HOUSE Favorable by Public Integrity & Ethics Committee; 15 Yeas, 0 Nays
2/26/2018 HOUSE Placed on Calendar, on 2nd reading
2/27/2018 HOUSE Placed on Special Order Calendar, 03/02/18
3/2/2018 HOUSE Read Second Time; Placed on Third Reading, 03/05/18

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
2/28/2018 HOUSE Read Second Time; Placed on Third Reading, 03/01/18
3/1/2018 HOUSE Read Third Time; Passed (Vote: 79 Yeas / 34 Nays)
3/1/2018 SENATE In Messages
Compare
HB 709
Voting (Drake)
03/02/2018 HOUSE Engrossed Text (E1) Filed

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
2/27/2018 SENATE Favorable by Appropriations; 13 Yeas, 7 Nays
2/28/2018 SENATE Placed on Calendar, on 2nd reading
2/28/2018 SENATE Placed on Special Order Calendar, 03/02/18 – if received
3/2/2018 SENATE Read Second Time; Amendment Failed (751148); Placed on Third Reading

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
2/27/2018 SENATE Temporarily Postponed on Third Reading
2/28/2018 SENATE Temporarily Postponed on Third Reading
3/1/2018 SENATE Temporarily Postponed on Third Reading
3/2/2018 SENATE Temporarily Postponed on Third Reading
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 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
2/27/2018 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
2/27/2018 SENATE Temporarily Postponed on Third Reading
2/28/2018 SENATE Temporarily Postponed on Third Reading
3/1/2018 SENATE Temporarily Postponed on Third Reading
3/2/2018 SENATE Temporarily Postponed on Third Reading

SB 1940 – Public Records and Public Meetings/School Safety
Creating an exemption from public records requirements for the identity of a reporting party held by a specified entity; providing an exemption from public meetings requirements for portions of meetings of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission at which exempt or confidential and exempt information is discussed; providing an exemption from public records requirements for information that would identify whether a particular individual has been appointed as a safe-school officer; providing for future legislative review and repeal of the exemptions; providing statements of public necessity, etc. Effective Date: On the same date that SB 7026 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
2/28/2018 SENATE Filed
2/28/2018 SENATE Referred to Rules
2/28/2018 SENATE On Committee agenda – Rules, 03/01/18, 9:00 am, 412 K
3/1/2018 SENATE Favorable by Rules; 13 Yeas, 0 Nays
3/1/2018 SENATE Placed on Calendar, on 2nd reading
3/1/2018 SENATE Placed on Special Order Calendar, 03/02/18
3/2/2018 SENATE Retained on Special Order Calendar for 03/03/2018
3/3/2018 SENATE Read Second Time; Amendment Adopted (172090); Ordered engrossed; Placed on Third Reading, 03/05/18
3/3/2018 SENATE Engrossed Text (E1) Filed
Linked to: SB 7026 – Public Safety (Rules)
03/03/2018 SENATE Engrossed Text (E1) Filed

SB 7022 – Firearm Safety
Priority High/Support
Firearm Safety; 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
2/26/2018 SENATE Not Considered by Rules
2/27/2018 SENATE Not Considered by Appropriations

SB 7024 – Public Records/Victim of an Incident of Mass Violence
Support
Creating an exemption from public records requirements for the address of a victim of an incident of mass violence; providing for future legislative review and repeal of the exemption; designating the address of a victim of an incident of mass violence as criminal intelligence information and criminal investigative information; providing a statement of public necessity, etc. Effective Date: Upon becoming a law
Current Committee of Reference: No Current Committee
2/26/2018 SENATE Submitted as Committee Bill by Appropriations; 13 Yeas, 0 Nays
2/26/2018 SENATE Committee Bill Text Filed
2/26/2018 SENATE Referred to Appropriations
2/26/2018 SENATE On Committee agenda – Appropriations, 02/27/18, 11:00 am, 412 K
2/27/2018 SENATE Placed on Special Order Calendar, 03/01/18 – If Received
2/27/2018 SENATE Favorable by Appropriations; 19 Yeas, 0 Nays
2/28/2018 SENATE Placed on Calendar, on 2nd reading
2/28/2018 SENATE Placed on Special Order Calendar, 03/01/18
3/1/2018 SENATE Retained on Special Order Calendar
3/2/2018 SENATE Retained on Special Order Calendar for 03/03/2018
3/3/2018 SENATE Read Second Time; Amendment Adopted (103798); Ordered engrossed; Placed on Third Reading, 03/05/18
3/3/2018 SENATE Engrossed Text (E1) Filed

SB 7026 – Public Safety
Priority High/Oppose
Citing this act as the “Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act”; establishing the Medical Reimbursement Program for Victims of Mass Shootings in the Department of Legal Affairs; establishing the Office of Safe Schools within the Department of Education; prohibiting a person younger than a certain age from purchasing a firearm; prohibiting the importation, transfer, distribution, transport, sale, or giving of a bump-fire stock in this state; creating the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission within the Florida Department of Law Enforcement; requiring district school boards to formulate and prescribe policies and procedures for active shooter situations, etc. APPROPRIATION: $400,000,000.00 Effective Date: Except as otherwise expressly provided in this act, this act shall take effect upon becoming a law
Current Committee of Reference: No Current Committee
2/26/2018 SENATE Submitted as Committee Bill by Appropriations; 9 Yeas, 4 Nays
2/26/2018 SENATE Committee Bill Text Filed
2/26/2018 SENATE Referred to Appropriations
2/26/2018 SENATE On Committee agenda – Appropriations, 02/27/18, 11:00 am, 412 K
2/27/2018 SENATE Favorable with CS by Appropriations; 12 Yeas, 8 Nays
2/28/2018 SENATE Committee Substitute Text (C1) Filed
2/28/2018 SENATE Placed on Calendar, on 2nd reading
2/28/2018 SENATE Placed on Special Order Calendar, 03/01/18
3/1/2018 SENATE Retained on Special Order Calendar
3/2/2018 SENATE Retained on Special Order Calendar for 03/03/2018
3/3/2018 SENATE Read Second Time; Amendments Failed; Amendments Withdrawn; Amendment Adopted as Amended (234288); Ordered engrossed; Placed on Third Reading, 03/05/18
3/3/2018 SENATE Engrossed Text (E1) Filed

HB 7101 – Public Safety Appropriations Committee
Public Safety: Revises duties & responsibilities of FDLE, DCF, DOE, school districts, district school boards, & school district superintendents; revises provisions relating to mental health services for students, possession & sale of firearms, school emergency preparedness, & school resource officer programs; creates Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission, school marshal programs, community actions teams, Office of Safe Schools, school safety specialists, threat assessment teams, & youth mental health first aid training program. Effective Date: upon becoming a law
Current Committee of Reference: No Current Committee
2/27/2018 HOUSE Filed (formerly PCB APC6)
2/27/2018 HOUSE Referred to Calendar
2/27/2018 HOUSE Placed on Special Order Calendar, 03/02/18
3/2/2018 HOUSE Temporarily Postponed on Second Reading
Linked to: HB 7103 – Pub. Rec. and Pub. Meetings/School Safety (Appropriations Committee)
03/02/2018 HOUSE Temporarily Postponed on Second Reading

HB 7103 – Pub. Rec. and Pub. Meetings/School Safety
Creates exemption from public records requirements for identity of reporting party held by specified entity; provides an exemption from public meetings requirements for portions of meetings of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission at which confidential or exempt information is discussed; provides exemption from public records requirements for information that would identify whether particular individual has been appointed as school marshal; provides for future legislative review & repeal of exemptions; provides statements of public necessity. Effective Date: on the same date that HB 7101 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
2/27/2018 HOUSE Filed (Formerly PCB APC7)
2/27/2018 HOUSE Referred to Calendar
2/27/2018 HOUSE Placed on Special Order Calendar, 03/02/18
3/2/2018 HOUSE Temporarily Postponed on Second Reading
Linked to: HB 7101 – Public Safety (Appropriations Committee)
03/02/2018 HOUSE Temporarily Postponed on Second Reading

Home Rule and Preemption

SB 1262 – Election Dates for Municipal Office
Oppose
Election Dates for Municipal Office; 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: No Current Committee
2/28/2018 SENATE On Committee agenda – Rules, 03/01/18, 9:00 am, 412 K
3/1/2018 SENATE Favorable by Rules; 7 Yeas, 6 Nays
3/2/2018 SENATE Placed on Calendar, on 2nd reading

Natural Resources

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
2/26/2018 SENATE Placed on Special Order Calendar, 02/28/18
2/28/2018 SENATE Read Second Time; Placed on Third Reading, 03/01/18
3/1/2018 SENATE Read Third Time; Passed (Vote: 36 Yeas / 0 Nays)
3/1/2018 HOUSE In Messages

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
2/28/2018 SENATE In Messages
2/28/2018 SENATE Received; Referred to Environmental Preservation and Conservation; Appropriations Subcommittee on the Environment and Natural Resources; Appropriations
Identical to: SB 1402 – State Assumption of Federal Section 404 Dredge and Fill Permitting Authority (Simmons)
02/22/2018 SENATE Placed on Calendar, on 2nd reading

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
2/28/2018 HOUSE Read Second Time; Placed on Third Reading, 03/01/18
3/1/2018 HOUSE Read Third Time; Passed (Vote: 72 Yeas / 42 Nays)
3/1/2018 SENATE In Messages
3/1/2018 SENATE Received; Referred to Health Policy; Judiciary; Rules

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