FSBA LEGISLATIVE VIDEO UPDATE #2
Our Video Update for the 5th 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 5 under “Legislative Session Updates” (located below the pictures on our main page) or by using this direct link: https://www.fsba.org/2015-
There were no legislative meetings scheduled today.
COMING UP TOMORROW
[REMINDER: Most meetings are available via Florida Channel webcasts at http://thefloridachannel.org]
The House Transportation & Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee will meet (8:45 – 10:00 am) 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
Authorizes specified agricultural landowners to apply for amendments to local government comprehensive plans; revises provisions regarding developments of regional impacts; revises provisions regarding detailed specific area plans; revises provisions regarding regional planning councils; revises provisions relating to mitigation and impact fees; revises provisions for governmental funding as a result of ground subsidence; requires governments to address private property rights in comprehensive plans; etc. [NOTE: This bill contains some provisions that give rise to questions and concerns, including one that would limit the amount of proportionate share mitigation that may be negotiated between a school district and a developer of residential property.]
The Senate Criminal Justice Committee will meet (10:00 am – 12:00 pm) to consider the following item and others:
SB 908 – Transportation by Altman
Revising provisions relating to the passing of a vehicle; prohibiting passing and turning in front of a vulnerable user in an unsafe manner; prohibiting harassing, taunting, or throwing an object at a person riding a bicycle; providing criminal penalties; requiring traffic law and substance abuse education courses to include instruction on traffic laws relating to rights and safety of vulnerable users, etc.
The Senate Finance & Tax Committee will meet (10:00 am – 12:00 pm) to consider the following item and others:
SB 572 – School Support Organizations by Montford
Defining the term “school support organization”; authorizing such organizations to pay tax on specified items purchased for resale in lieu of collecting the tax upon resale, etc.
The Senate Higher Education Committee will meet (10:00 am – 12:00 pm) to consider the following item and others:
SB 1478 – Florida Resident Access Grant Program by Soto
Providing that an independent college or university that was a successor by merger to certain independent colleges or universities is eligible to receive William L. Boyd, IV, Florida resident access grant payments, etc.
The House Appropriations Committee will meet (1:30 – 3:30 pm) to consider the following items and others:
HB 695 – Value Adjustment Boards by Avila
Revises provisions related to VAB proceedings; revises provisions related to appointments & selection of special magistrates; authorizes property appraisers to contract to examine & audit homestead exemption claims; revises provisions addressing payment plans for payment of certain taxes, interest, & penalties; specifies that certain unpaid tax liens be included in next assessment roll; revises provisions providing information required on notice of proposed property taxes & non-ad valorem assessments; specifies that certain persons may seek or obtain funds from the failure of other persons to comply with certain tax laws; provides statement of important state interest.
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; revises responsibilities of district school board’s internal auditor to permit certain audits & reviews; 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 Senate Governmental Oversight & Accountability Committee will meet (1:30 – 3:30 pm) to consider the following items and others:
SB 984 – Exemption/Legislative Lobbying Requirements by Braynon
Revising the definition of the term “expenditure”; specifying that the term does not include use of a public facility or public property that is made available by a governmental entity to a legislator for a public purpose, to exempt such use from legislative lobbying requirements, etc.
SB 7082 – FRS / Death Benefits by Governmental Oversight
Increases the monthly survivor benefits available to the spouses and children of FRS pension plan members in the Special Risk Class when killed in the line of duty from 50% of the member’s monthly salary at the time of death to 100%; permits the surviving spouse or children of an investment plan member in the Special Risk Class when killed in the line of duty to choose to transfer to the pension plan at the time of the member’s death.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will meet (4:00 – 6:00 pm) to consider the following item and others:
SB 238 – Athletic Coaches by Ring
Requiring an independent sanctioning authority to dismiss an athletic coach ejected from a game for the remainder of that sport season under certain circumstances; authorizing such athletic coach to resume working under certain circumstances, etc.
Ruth Haseman Melton
Director of Government Relations
Florida School Boards Association
Office: 850 / 414-2578
Cell: 850 / 509-6411