FSBA LEGISLATIVE VIDEO UPDATE #6
Our Video Update for the 6th week of the 2015 Legislative Session has been posted on the FSBA website at www.fsba.org – you may access the video by clicking on the link to 2015 Legislative Session Video Update 6 under “Legislative Session Updates” (located below the pictures on our main page) or by using this direct link: http://www.fsba.org/2015-
There were no legislative committee meetings of interest today.
COMING UP TOMORROW
[REMINDER: Most meetings are available via Florida Channel webcasts at http://thefloridachannel.org]
The House Judiciary Committee will meet (9:00 am – 12:00 pm) to consider the following item and others:
HB 845 – Sexting by DuBose
Removes court’s discretion to impose specified penalty for first violation of sexting; requires minor cited for first violation to sign & accept citation to appear or, in lieu of appearing, to complete other sanctions; requires citation to include certain information; authorizes court to order certain penalties; requires specified percentage of civil penalties be remitted to county commission for cyber-safety training for minors.
The House State Affairs Committee will meet (9:00 am – 12:00 pm) to consider the following items and others:
HB 65 – Public Records / Public-Private Partnerships by Steube
Provides exemption from public records requirements & public meetings requirements for unsolicited proposals held by responsible public entity for specified period; provides definition; requires that recording be made of closed meeting; provides exemption from public records requirements for records generated during closed meeting for specified period; provides for future legislative review & repeal of exemptions; provides statement of public necessity; provides for contingent effect.
HB 163 – Public Records/Contractors by Beshears
Requires certain public agency contracts for services to include contact information of custodian of public records; revises provision in such contracts regarding contractor’s compliance with public records laws; requires records request relating to such contracts be made to agency; requires contractor to produce requested records; specifies penalties & attorney fee awards for reasonable costs of enforcement.
HB 585 – Holidays & Observances / Sir Lancelot Jones by Raschein
Designates second Monday in October of each year as “Sir Lancelot Jones Day” in Miami-Dade & Monroe Counties; encourages public officials, schools, private organizations, & citizens in Miami-Dade & Monroe Counties to commemorate occasion.
HB 1063 – Government Accountability by Metz
Revises audit provisions to exclude water management districts; revises responsibilities of department heads, Supreme Court, Florida Clerks of Court Operations Corporation, Justice Administrative Commission, each state attorney & public defender, criminal conflict & civil regional counsel, capital collateral counsel, Guardian Ad Litem program, local governmental entities, & governing bodies of charter schools to include responsibility of establishing certain internal controls; requires each Florida College System institution to file certain annual financial statements with State Board of Education; requires each school district, Florida College System institution, & state university to establish certain internal controls.
The House Economic Affairs Committee will meet (9:30 am – 12:00 pm) to consider the following items and others:
HB 231 – Transportation by Passidomo
Revises provisions relating to rights & safety of vulnerable users of public roadway; prohibits assault of bicycle riders; revises provisions for careless driving; provides penalties for specified infractions contributing to bodily injury or death.
HB 933 – Growth Management by La Rosa
Limits amount of mobility & impact fees under certain conditions; revises provisions regarding developments of regional impacts; revises provisions regarding detailed specific area plans; authorizes substitution of recorded conservation easements for other lands under specified circumstances; allows consumptive use permits to be as long as approved master development orders; revises provisions regarding regional planning councils; revises provisions for governmental funding as a result of ground subsidence; creates a pilot project for Pasco County as a connected-city corridor; requires governments to address private property rights in comprehensive plans; prohibits local governments from requiring fee for certain tree removal. [NOTE: This bill contains some provisions that give rise to questions and concerns, including one that would limit the amount that school districts could collect in proportionate share mitigation.]
The Senate will be in SESSION (10:00 am – 12:00 pm) to consider the following items and others:
Bills on 3rd Reading:
SB 802 – Vocational Rehabilitation by D. Gaetz
Providing for the future repeal of the designation of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation as the administrative unit for purposes of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973, subject to legislative review of a required report; requiring the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation to initiate, by a specified date, a performance improvement plan designed to achieve specified goals; requiring the division to develop and implement a pilot program to improve the state vocational rehabilitation program, etc.
HB 7019 – Workforce Services by Economic Development & Tourism
Renames Workforce Florida, Inc., as CareerSource Florida, Inc.; creates task force on preparation for state’s implementation of federal Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act; provides membership & duties of task force; requires task force to submit report & recommendations for approval by CareerSource Florida, Inc.; requires CareerSource Florida, Inc., to submit specified state plan to USDOL; provides for abolishment of task force.
Bills on 2nd Reading:
SB 778 – Local Government Construction Preferences by Hays
Prohibiting local ordinances and regulations from restricting competition for the award of a contract for construction services based upon certain conditions; requiring a state college, county, municipality, school district, or other political subdivision of the state to make specified disclosures in competitive solicitation documents, etc.
SB 378 – Juvenile Justice by Garcia
Authorizing a law enforcement officer to issue a warning to a juvenile who admits having committed a misdemeanor or to inform the child’s parent or guardian of the child’s infraction; requiring a law enforcement officer who does not exercise one of these options to issue a civil citation or require participation in a similar diversion program; providing that, in exceptional situations, a law enforcement officer may arrest a first-time misdemeanor offender in the interest of protecting public safety, etc.
SB 960 – Bright Futures Scholarship Program by T. Lee
Requiring a student, as a prerequisite for the Florida Academic Scholars award, the Florida Medallion Scholars award, or the Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars award, to identify a social or civic issue or a professional area of interest and develop a plan for his or her personal involvement in addressing the issue or learning about the area; prohibiting the student from receiving remuneration or academic credit for the volunteer service work performed, etc.
SB 538 – Disclosure of Sexually Explicit Images by Simmons
Prohibiting an individual from electronically disclosing a sexually explicit image of an identifiable person with the intent to harass such person if the individual knows or should have known that such person did not consent to the disclosure; requiring a court to order that a person convicted of such offense be prohibited from having contact with the victim, etc.
SB 954 – Involuntary Examinations of Minors by Garcia
Requiring school health services plans to include notification requirements when a student is removed from school, school transportation, or a school-sponsored activity for involuntary examination; requiring a receiving facility to provide notice of the whereabouts of an adult or emancipated minor patient held for involuntary examination; providing conditions for delay in notification, etc.
The House Regulatory Affairs Committee will meet (1:00 – 6:00 pm) to consider the following item and others:
HB 915 – Building Codes by Eagle
Revises requirements for building code inspector, plans examiner, & building code administrator training programs & exams; revises provisions regarding provisional certificates for building code inspectors & plans examiners; revises provisions for making claims against the Florida Homeowners’ Construction Recovery Fund; revises provisions concerning regulation of portable pools under certain circumstances; exempts low voltage landscape lighting from certain contractor installation requirements; specifies duties of local enforcement agency in permitting & inspecting certain repairs; directs certain funds from Florida Building Code Compliance & Mitigation Program; authorizes local building official to issue phased permits for construction part of building; revises provisions related to Building Code Compliance & Mitigation Program & accreditation of courses related to code; authorizes Underwriters Laboratories, LLC, as approved evaluation entity.
The Senate Health & Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee will meet (1:30 – 3:30 pm) to consider the following item and others:
SB 7006 – Early Learning by Education PreK-12
Including large family child care homes in local zoning regulation requirements; revising certain minimum standards for child care facilities; providing for the inspection of programs regulated by the department; providing exemptions from child care facility licensing standards; revising restrictions on residential property insurance coverage to include coverage for large family child care homes; authorizing a district school board or charter school governing board to adopt a policy to allow a child to be admitted to a public kindergarten if the child meets certain requirements, etc.