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2018 Florida Legislative Session

Updated November 17, 2017

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GROWTH MANAGEMENT/PLANNING LEGISLATION

Bill #/Sponsor Title / Description
SB 84 Lee
SUPPORT Municipal Conversion of Independent Special Districts
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SUPPORT -- SB 84 closes loophole in state law that allows some Independent Special Districts to convert to municipalities without complying with typical requirements for municipal incorporation.  OCTOBER 30 UPDATE:  SB 84 referred to Community Affairs; Ethics and Elections; and Rules Committees.


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SB 292 Rodriguez
SUPPORT Private Property Rights
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SUPPORT -- SB 292 exempts property owners who produce renewable energy and distribute it to users on their property from being defined as a public utility. Referred to Communications, Energy, and Public Utilities; Community Affairs; and Rules Committees.


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SB 324 Young
Impact Fees
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SB 324 sets uniform time for local governments to levy impact fees.  OCTOBER 30 UPDATE: SB 324 referred to Community Affairs; Appropriations Subcommittee on Finance and Tax; and Appropriations Committees.


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SB 362 Perry
HB 207 McClain, Clemons
OPPOSE Growth Management/Private Property Rights
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OPPOSE -- SB 362/HB 207 require local government adoption of a private property rights element into their comprehensive plan. OCTOBER 30 UPDATE: HB 207 referred to Agriculture and Property Rights Subcommittee; Local, Federal and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee; and Commerce Committee. SB 362 referred to Agriculture and Property Rights Subcommittee; Local, Federal and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee; and Commerce Committee.


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SB 432 Lee
HB 17 Raburn
Community Redevelopment Agencies UPDATED 11/17
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SB 432/HB 17 revise governance of Community Redevelopment Agencies including providing provisions for existing CRAs to expire and new reporting requirements for existing CRAs. HB 17 referred to Government Accountability Committee. SB 432 referred to Community Affairs; Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development; Appropriations; and Rules Committees. SB 432 passed the Community Affairs Committee 5-1. NOVEMBER 17 UPDATE: HB 17 passed the Government Accountability Committee 20-1.


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SB 494 Lee
HB 405 -- Williamson
Linear Facilities UPDATED 11/17
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SB 494/HB 405 clarifies that the Public Service Commission, and not local governments, has sole authority over siting certain utility infrastructure. SB 494 referred to Communications, Energy, and Public Utilities; and Community Affairs Committees. NOVEMBER 17 UPDATE: SB 494 passed the Communications, Energy, and Public Utilities 7-0. HB 405 passed the Energy and Utilities Subcommittee 11-1.


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SB 542 Rodriguez
SUPPORT Public Financing of Construction Projects
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SUPPORT -- SB 542 requires construction contractors to conduct a sea level impact projection study, considering sea level rise and increased storm risk over the next 50 years, before beginning work on coastal projects that are funded in whole or part by the State of Florida. The study must assess the flooding, inundation, and wave action damage risks to the project; potential public safety and environmental impacts resulting from damage to the structure; and ways to mitigate and reduce risk, including siting the project in a different location. 


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SB 574 Steube
HB 521 Edwards
OPPOSE Tree and Timber Trimming, Removal, and Harvesting UPDATED 11/17
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OPPOSE -- SB 574/HB 521 preempt to the state the regulation of the trimming, removal, or harvesting of trees on private property so that no local government may regulate tree removal. NOVEMBER 17 UPDATE: SB 574 referred to Community Affairs; Environmental Preservation and Conservation; and Rules Committees.  HB 521 referred to Local, Federal and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee; Agriculture and Property Rights Subcommittee; and Government Accountability Committee.


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TRANSPORTATION LEGISLATION

Bill #/Sponsor Title / Description
SB 116 Baxley
HB 117 Stone
SUPPORT Operation of Vehicles
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SUPPORT -- SB 116/HB 117 make changes to motor vehicle code designed to improve safety for bicycle operators. OCTOBER 30 UPDATE:  HB 117 referred to Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee; and Government Accountability Committee. SB 116 referred to Transportation; Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development; and Appropriations Committees.


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SB 176 Hutson
HB 6001 Avila
Traffic Infraction Detectors UPDATED 11/17
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SB 176/HB 6001 change allowances for use of traffic infraction detectors to enforce traffic laws (i.e., red light cameras). HB 6001 passed the House Appropriations Committee 16-0. NOVEMBER 17 UPDATE:  SB 176 referred to Transportation; Community Affairs; Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development; and Appropriations Committees.


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SB 384 Brandes
SUPPORT Electric Vehicles
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SUPPORT -- SB 384 requires Florida Transportation Commission to author report on transportation infrastructure funding in light of declining fuel tax revenue. OCTOBER 30 UPDATE:  SB 384 referred to Transportation; Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development; and Appropriations Committees.


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SB 572/Mayfield
HB 525 -- Grall and Magar
High-Speed Passenger Rail UPDATED 11/17
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SB 572/HB 525 create safety provisions related to operation of High Speed Passenger Rail including requirements that rail operators pay certain operational and safety expenses. NOVEMBER 17 UPDATE: SB 572 passed the Transportation Committee 6-0. HB 525 referred to Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee; Transportation and Tourism Appropriations Subcommittee; and Government Accountability Committee.


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HB 535 Avila
Statewide Alternative Transportation Authority UPDATED 11/17
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HB 535 renames the Florida Rail Enterprise the Statewide Alternative Transportation Authority and dedicates $25 million in annual funding to the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority and $35 million in annual funding to other local governments for the construction of non-road transportation systems including high-speed rail.  NOVEMBER 17 UPDATE: HB 535 referred to Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee; Transportation and Tourism Appropriations Subcommittee; and Government Accountability Committee.


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SB 852 Brandes
HB 633 Fischer
Florida Smart City Challenge Grant Program NEW 11/17
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SB 852/HB 633 create a $15 million grant program within the department of transportation to implement innovative transportation projects including autonomous vehicles, plug-in hybrid vehicles and shared mobility services.


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CONSERVATION LEGISLATION

Bill #/Sponsor Title / Description
SB 174 Latvala
HB 131 Peters
Appropriation for Coastal Management (LATF)
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SB 174/HB 131 dedicate a minimum of the lesser of $50 million or 7.6% of the LATF for projects that preserve and repair the state’s beaches. Changes the way DEP ranks beach and inlet projects. Requires work plans for beach and inlet projects. OCTOBER 30 UPDATE:  SB 174 passed the Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee (10-0).  SB 174 passed the Appropriations Subcommittee on the Environment and Natural Resources (7-0).

 


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SB 204 Bradley
Appropriation for St. Johns River/Springs (LATF)
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·      SB 204 dedicates $50 million annually from the Land Acquisition Trust to projects that restore the St. Johns River and Keystone Heights Lake Region and increase annual springs funding from $50 million to $75 million.  October 30 Update:  SB 204 passed the Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee (10-0)


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SB 316 Stewart
HB 203 Willhite
SUPPORT Environmental Regulation Commission UPDATED 11/9
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SUPPORT -- SB 316/HB 203 establishes a 90-day deadline for filling vacancies on the Environmental Regulation Commission (ERC) and requires four affirmative votes from ERC members to approve rules relating to air quality or water quality standards.  HB 203 passed the Natural Resources and Public Lands Subcommittee (13-0) November 9 Update: SB 316 passed the Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee (10-0)


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SB 786
HB 339 – Harrell
Appropriation for Indian River Lagoon (LATF) UPDATED 11/9
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SB 786/HB 339 dedicates the lesser of 7.6% or $50 million annually from the Land Acquisition Trust Fund for projects in the Indian River Lagoon Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan. 


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SB 370 Bradley
Appropriation for Florida Forever (LATF) UPDATED 11/6
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·       SB 370 dedicates $100 million annually from the Land Acquisition Trust Fund to the Florida Forever land conservation program.  NOVEMBER 6 UPDATE:  SB 370 unanimously passes the Senate Environmental and Preservation Committee.  Upcoming committee stops:  Appropriations Subcommittee on the Environment and Natural Resources, Senate Appropriations Committee.

 


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SB 464 Bracy
Appropriation for Little Wekiva River (LATF)
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SB 464 dedicates $5 million annually from the Land Acquisition Trust Fund to the SJRWMD for the restoration, enhancement, and management of the headwaters of the Little Wekiva River. Allocates $15 million for the next fiscal year to land acquisition projects in the Wekiva Study Area. 


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SB 348 Rodriguez
SUPPORT Disposable Plastic Bags Pilot Program UPDATED 11/17
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SUPPORT -- SB 348 allows coastal communities with a population of fewer than 100,000 to implement a temporary pilot programs testing regulations or bans of disposable plastic bags. The pilot regulations or bans cannot include new taxes or fees on the use or distribution of disposable plastic bags.  NOVEMBER 17 UPDATE: Referred to Environmental Preservation and Conservation; Community Affairs; Commerce and Tourism; and Rules Committees.


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SB 462 Young
HB 237 Peters
SUPPORT Fracking Ban
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SUPPORT -- SB 462/HB 237 ban advanced well stimulation treatments (also known as “fracking”) in the state of Florida.


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SB 656 Rodriguez
Public Utility Environmental Remediation Costs
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SB 656 allows a municipality or county to request a hearing with the Public Service Commission (PSC) when a utility causes environmental damage within the municipality, county, or adjacent bodies of water. The hearing would determine if the utility acted prudently in the events leading up to and following the environmental damage. If the PSC decides that the utility did not act prudently, the utility must remedy the damage without recovering costs from ratepayers.


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