2020 Legislative Bill Tracker

Firearms

SB 7028
Bill Name: Public Safety
Sponsored by: Senator Tom Lee (R) D-20 and Infrastructure and Security Committee
Companion Bill: None
RLCFL OPPOSES
Bill Summary:
This bill deals with private gun sales and would require non-licensed gun sellers to record the purchaser’s identification and criminal background history, the make and model of the gun and the date of the sale. The information would have to be notarized and saved. Of course, enforcement is a big question and obviously will lead to further erosion of our gun rights. This bill also requires any purchase of a firearm at a gun show must be done through a licensed gun dealer.
The bill also:
▪ Requires that loaded firearms be securely stored to prevent anyone under the age of 18 from accessing them. The current age in the law is 16. The penalty is still a second-degree misdemeanor, carrying up to 60 days in jail.
▪ Requires that loaded firearms be kept securely stored to prevent anyone of “unsound mind” from accessing them. The penalty is also a second-degree misdemeanor.
▪ Requires paramedics and other emergency medical workers to report to police people who are a danger to themselves or the public. The provision currently exists for mental health workers.
Status: Now in Judiciary Committee
Co-Sponsors: None
Referred to:
1. Judiciary Committee
2. Appropriations Committee

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HB 311
Bill Name: Threats
Sponsored by: Criminal Justice Subcommittee and Representative Ralph Massullo (R) D-34
Companion Bill: SB 728
RLCFL OPPOSES
Bill Summary:
This bill deals with threats of violence with a firearm and is the latest attempt to sneak bad language into an otherwise-reasonable bill. What HB 311 proposes is to criminalize speech just because a hypothetical “reasonable person” might take it as a threat, completely scrapping the requirement that the accused have the apparent ability to carry out the threat. That may be sufficient to meet the civil standard (e.g. a lawsuit for damages), but the Supreme Court has been clear that this is not sufficient to bring someone through a criminal proceeding. Criminal proceedings almost always require intent (in legal parlance, “mens rea”). HB 311 tries to get rid of that.
There should be a much higher standard of proof to drag someone into court for what may be a momentary angry comment. A mere idle threat, unaccompanied by any physical act that justifies a belief that the person will actually follow through with the threat, should not constitute a violation.
Status: Now in Judiciary Committee
Co-Sponsors: None
Referred to:
1. Criminal Justice Subcommittee (Passed 14-0 on Monday, February 3, 2020.)
2. Justice Appropriations Subcommittee (Passed 11-1 on Tuesday, February 11, 2020.)
3. Judiciary Committee

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SB 728
Bill Name: Threats
Sponsored by: Criminal Justice Committee, Infrastructure and Security Committee and Senator Kelli Stargel (R) D-22
Companion Bill: HB 311
RLCFL OPPOSES
Bill Summary:
This is the Senate companion bill to HB 311, see summary above.
Status: Now in Appropriations Committee 
Co-Sponsors: Senator Travis Hutson (R) D-7
Referred to: Now in Appropriations
1. Infrastructure and Security Committee (Passed 7-0 on Monday, January 13, 2020.)
2. Criminal Justice Committee (Passed 4-0 on Tuesday, February 4, 2020.)
3. Appropriation Committee

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HB 183
Bill Name: Prohibited Places for Weapons and Firearms
Sponsored by: Criminal Justice Subcommittee and Representative Mel Ponder (R) D-4
Companion Bill: SB 1524
RLCFL OPPOSES
Bill Summary:
This bill permits elected officials to carry concealed weapons in public meetings over which they preside, such as city council and county commission meetings. The RLCFL opposes this bill because the Legislature should not give special privileges to elected officials while denying citizens the same right to conceal carry in a public meeting.
Status: Added to 2nd Reading Calendar
Co-Sponsors:
Representative Byron Donalds (R) D-80
Representative Charlie Stone (R) D-22
Referred to:
1. Criminal Justice Subcommittee (Passed 11-3 on Tuesday, January 28, 2020.)
2. Local, Federal and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee (Passed 10-1 on Monday, February 3, 2020.)
3. Judiciary Committee (Passed 11-4 on Thursday, February 6, 2020.)

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HB 1437
Bill Name: Safety of Religious Institutions
Sponsored by: Criminal Justice Subcommittee and Representative Jayer Williamson (R) D-3 and Representative Trumbull (R) D-6
Companion Bill: None
RLCFL SUPPORTS
Bill Summary:
This bill would authorize church, synagogue, or other religious institutions to allow concealed weapons or concealed firearms licensee to carry a firearm on its property.
Status: Now in Judiciary Committee
Co-Sponsors:
Representative Anthony Sabatini (R) D-35
Representative Alex Andrade (R) D-2
Representative Cord Byrd (R) D-11
Representative Byron Donalds (R) D-80
Representative Spencer Roach (R) D-79
Representative Charlie Stone (R) D-22
Representative Clay Yarborough (R) D-12
Representative Mike Hill (R) D-1
Representative Brad Drake (R) D-5
Representative Thad Altman (R) D-52
Representative Delores Hogan Johnson (D) D-84
Referred to:
1. Criminal Justice Subcommittee (Passed 13-2 on Tuesday, January 28, 2020.)
2. Education Committee (Passed 15-1 on Thursday, February 6, 2020.)
3. Judiciary Committee

TAXES & BUDGET

SB 1174
Bill Name: Communications Service Tax
Sponsored by: Senator Travis Hutson (R) D-7
Companion Bill: HB 701
RLCFL SUPPORTS
Bill Summary: SB 1174 is the companion bill to HB 701, see summary above.
Status: Now in Community Affairs Committee
Co-Sponsors: None
Referred to:
1. Innovation, Industry, and Technology Committee (Passed 10-0 on Monday, February 3, 2020.)
2. Community Affairs Committee
3. Appropriations Committee

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SB 126
Bill Name: Sales and Use Tax (Estimated $700 million tax hike)
Sponsored by: Senator Joe Gruters (R) D-23
Companion Bill: HB 159
RLCFL OPPOSES
Bill Summary:
This bill is also known as the Internet Sales Tax and would require retailers with no physical presence in Florida to collect Florida’s sales tax on
sales of taxable items delivered to purchasers in Florida. Even if the internet sales tax brings in $700 million, that means Floridians collectively would have $700 million less to spend on local businesses that provide products and services that people do not find on the internet and the government has $700 million to spend.

$700 million less for Floridians=$700 million more for big-spending politicians

Supporters of this tax claim it is unfair that on-line sales are not taxed and are hurting brick-and-mortar businesses in Florida who do collect and remit sales tax. This is the 21st century, the truth is, even if this tax passes, people will still buy online for the convenience and Florida brick and mortar stores will not be helped. Instead of state revenuers chasing down taxes from millions of businesses in the country, the Florida Legislature should reduce tax and regulations on brick and motor businesses here in Florida.
The issue of how to tax internet sales should be to clarify tax sourcing rules by implementing an “origin-based” tax system. In this system, states would tax all sales inside their borders equally, regardless of the buyer’s residence or the ultimate location of consumption. Under that model, all sales would be “sourced” to the seller’s principal place of business and taxed accordingly.
This is, after all, how sales taxes have traditionally worked. A Washington, DC, resident who buys a TV in Virginia, for instance, is taxed at the origin of the sale in Virginia regardless of whether he brings the TV back into the District. Each day in America, there are millions of cross-border transactions that are taxed only at the origin of the sale; no questions are asked about where the buyer will consume the good.
Status: Now in Appropriations Committee
Co-Sponsors:
Senator Ed Hooper (R) D-16
Senator George Gainer (R) D-2
Senator Dennis Baxley (R) D-12
Senator Keith Perry (R) D-8
Senator Gayle Harrell (R) D-25
Senator Ben Albritton (R) D-26
Senator Linda Stewart (D) D-13
Referred to:
1. Commerce and Tourism Committee (Passed 5-0 on Tuesday, October 15, 2019)
2. Finance and Tax Committee (Passed 8-0 on Thursday, February 13, 2020.)
3. Appropriations Committee

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SB 530
Bill Name: Entertainment Industry
Sponsored by: Commerce & Tourism Committee and Senator Joe Gruters (R) D-23
Companion Bill: HB 497
RLCFL OPPOSES
Bill Summary:
SB 530 would create the Film, Television, and Digital Media Targeted Rebate Program and would provide tax rebates of up to $2 million to production companies that meet certain qualifications. In 2010, the Florida Legislature created a $296 million film-incentive fund. the Florida Legislature has not renewed the film subsidy program after the money dried up and a 2015 study by the Legislature’s Office of Economic and Demographic Research found Florida only received 43 cents back for every dollar awarded in tax incentives to entertainment productions.
SB 530 is another attempt at this failed corporate welfare program by requiring certain benchmarks are met before tax rebates are awarded. The problem is this is still a form of corporate welfare, with the government picking winners and losers, in this case picking certain industries for favored treatment and taxpayer-funded handouts. This is simply the political class deciding which businesses or industries will succeed or fail in the marketplace. The Florida Legislature should instead look to lower taxes and regulations on all businesses and let the free market and consumers decide who succeeds.
Status: Now in Innovation, Industry, and Technology Committee
Co-Sponsors:
Senator Anitere Flores (R ) D-39
Senator Gary Farmer (D) D-34
Senator Linda Stewart (D) D-13
Senator Darryl Rouson (D) D-19
Senator Janet Cruz (D) D-18
Senator Lori Berman (D) D-31
Senator Gayle Harrell (R) D-25
Senator Audrey Gibson (D) D-6
Senator Randolph Bracy (D) D-11
Senator Jason Pizzo (D) D-38
Senator Ed Hooper (R) D-16
Senator Victor Torres (D) D-15
Referred to:
1. Commerce and Tourism Committee (Passed 5-0 on Tuesday, December 10, 2019)
2. Innovation, Industry, and Technology Committee
3. Appropriations Committee

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SB 362
Bill Name: Florida Tourism Marketing
Sponsored by: Senator Ed Hooper (R) D-16
Companion Bill: HB 213
RLCFL OPPOSES
Bill Summary:
State funding for Visit Florida is currently set to sunset next year. This bill would extend that deadline more than eight years to October 1, 2028.
VISIT FLORIDA, the state’s official tourism marketing organization, uses taxpayer dollars to promote Florida as a vacation destination. The spending of our money is based on the idea that if we don’t do it, the tourist will not come to Florida. That is insane. Booming tourism has more to do with an improving economy, great weather and Florida’s many attractions, than state advertising through Visit Florida. Investigations of Visit Florida in the past show questionable multimillion-dollar contracts being handed out, like $1 million paid to rapper “Pitbull” to shoot a musical video.
Private enterprises like Disney World, other theme parks and resorts will spend their own money to bring tourists to Florida, Why, do we have to pay for it?
Status: Passed the Florida Senate 36-0 on Thursday, February 13, 2020.
Senator Linda Stewart (D) D-13
Senator Gayle Harrell (R) D-25
Senator Dennis Baxley (R) D-12
Senator David Simmons (R) D-9
Senator Victor Torres (D) D-15
Referred to:
1. Commerce and Tourism Committee (Passed 5-0 on Tuesday, November 5th, 2019)
2. Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development (Passed 8-0 on Wednesday, January 29, 2020.)
3. Appropriations Committee (Passed 20-0 on Wednesday, February 5, 2020.)

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HB 6057
Bill Name: Sports Development Program
Sponsored by: Representative Bryan Avila (R) D-111
Companion Bill: None
RLCFL SUPPORTS
Bill Summary:
This legislation repeals s. 288.11625, F.S., the Sports Development program. In 2014, the Legislature created the Sports Development program that authorizes distributions of state sales and use tax revenue to fund professional sports franchise facilities, up to $13 million. The state of Florida already budgets $2 million every year to eight major sports franchises like the Miami Dolphins.
Status: Added to 2nd Reading Calendar.
Co-Sponsors: None
Referred to:
1. Workforce Development and Tourism Subcommittee (Passed 10-1 on Tuesday, Janaury 21, 2020.)
2. Ways and Means Committee (Passed 15-0 on Monday, January 27, 2020.)
3. Commerce Committee (Passed 22-0 on Thursday, February 6, 2020.)

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HB 1369
Bill Name: Sports Franchises and Facilities
Sponsored by: Representative Cary Pigman (R) D-55
Companion Bill: None
RLCFL SUPPORTS
Bill Summary:
This bill deletes provisions authorizing counties to impose specified taxes to pay debt service on bonds related to sports facilities.
Status: Added to 2nd Reading Calendar
Co-Sponsors: None
Referred to:
1.Workforce Development and Tourism Subcommittee (Passed 12-1 on Tuesday, January 28, 2020.)
2.Ways and Means Committee (Passed 14-1 on Monday, February 3, 2020.)
3.Commerce Committee (Passed 23-0 on Thursday, February 13, 2020.)

 

 

Government Regulation

HB 6083
Bill Name: Traffic Infraction Detectors
Sponsored by: Representative Anthony Rodriguez (R) D-118 and Representative Blaise Ingoglia (R) D-35.
Companion Bill: None
RLCFL SUPPORTS
Bill Summary:
Repeals the use of Red-Light Cameras in Florida.
Status: Now in Appropriations Committee
Co-Sponsors: Representative Anthony Sabatini (R) D-35
Referred to:
1. Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee (Passed 9-5 on Tuesday, February 4, 2020.)
2. Appropriations Committee
3. State Affairs Committee

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HB 583
Bill Name: Beverage Law
Sponsored by: Representative Anthony Sabatini (R) D-32
Companion Bill: SB 482
RLCFL SUPPORTS
Bill Explanation:
This bill allows craft distilleries to increase the yearly maximum production threshold from 75,000 gallons to 250,000 and stay “craft.” It removes the limitations on the number of bottles per brand per consumer that may be sold in a year and permits distilleries to get a vendor’s license to sell alcohol on-site. This bill also allows distillers to ship to out-of-state customers and would allow restaurant patrons to take home a partially consumed bottle of wine without having to eat a complete meal, including a salad or vegetable, entree, beverage, and bread. This would be closer to a free market system, limits on production should be determined by the market.
Status: Now in Commerce Committee
Co-Sponsors: None
Referred to:
1. Business and Professions Subcommittee (Passed 5-0 on Wednesday, December 11, 2019)
2. Government Operations and Technology Appropriations Subcommittee (Passed 9-2 on Wednesday, January 15, 2020.)
3. Commerce Committee

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SB 404
Bill Name: Parental Consent for Abortion
Sponsored by: Health Policy Committee and Senator Kelli Stargel (R) D-22
Companion Bill: HB 265
RLCFL SUPPORTS
Bill Summary:
Creating the “Parental Consent for Abortion Act”; prohibiting a physician from performing an abortion on a minor unless the physician has been presented with consent from the minor’s parent or guardian, as appropriate; providing an exception for a medical emergency; authorizing a minor to petition any circuit court in which the minor resides for a waiver of consent required to obtain an abortion.
Status: Passed the Florida Senate 23-17 on Thursday, February 6, 2020. Placed on 2nd Reading House Calendar.
Co-Sponsors:
Senator Ben Albritton (R) D-26
Senator Travis Hutson (R) D-7
Senator Gayle Harrell (R) D-25
Senator Joe Gruters (R) D-23
Senator Debbie Mayfield (R) D-17
Senator Dennis Baxley (R) D-12
Senator Manny Diaz (R) D-36
Senator Doug Broxon (R) D-1
Referred to:
1. Health Policy Committee (Passed 6-3 on Tuesday, December 10, 2019)
2. Judiciary Committee (Passed 3-2 on Wednesday, January 15, 2020)
3. Rules Committee (Passed 9-7 on Wednesday, Janaury 22, 2020)

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HB 265
Bill Name: Abortion
Sponsored by: Representative Erin Grall (R) D-54
Companion Bill: SB 404
RLCFL SUPPORTS
Bill Summary:
Requires physician to obtain the notarized written consent of a parent or legal guardian before inducing or performing termination of pregnancy of minor.
Status: Placed on Second Reading Calendar
Co-Sponsors:
Representative Alex Andrade (R) D-2
Representative Mike Beltran (R) D-57
Representative James Buchanan (R) D-74
Representative Cord Byrd (R) D-11
Representative Kimberly Daniels (D) D-114
Representative Nick DeCeglie (R) D-66
Representative Tommy Gregory (R) D-73
Representative Brett Hage (R) D-33
Representative Mike Hill (R) D-1
Representative Sam Killebrew (R) D-41
Representative Stan McClain (R) D-23
Representative Daniel Perez (R) D-116
Representative Scott Plakon (R) D-29
Representative Mel Ponder (R) D-4
Representative Spencer Roach (R) D-79
Representative Will Robinson (R) D-71
Representative Anna Maria Rodriguez (R) D-105
Representative Rick Roth (R) D-85
Representative Clay Yarborough (R) D-12
Representative Anthony Sabatini (R) D-32
Representative Charlie Stone (R) D-22
Representative Ardian Zika (R) D-37
Representative Byron Donalds (R) D-80
Representative James Bush (D) D-109
Representative Thad Altman (R) D-52
Representative David Smith (R) D-28
Referred to:
1. Health and Human Services Committee (Passed 12-6 on Tuesday, October 22, 2019)
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SB 474
Bill Name: Deregulation of Professions and Occupations
Sponsored by: Commerce and Tourism Committee, Innovation, Industry, and Technology Committee and Senator Ben Albritton (R) D-26.
Companion Bill: 1193
RLCFL SUPPORTS
Bill Summary:
This bill addresses occupational licensing and would repeal or revise regulations and fees levied on some professional licenses, such as hair braiders, hair wrappers, body wrappers, manicurists, pedicurist and makeup artists. Occupational Licensing forces aspiring workers to spend months in training, pass exams and pay fees. Occupational licensing requirements have created barriers for people to find jobs and build new businesses, especially for lower-income workers. A study from the Institute for Justice found that Florida’s occupational licensing regulations are one of the most restrictive in the nation.
Status: Now in Appropriations Committee
Co-Sponsors: Senator Joe Gruters (R) D-23
Referred to:
1. Innovation, Industry, and Technology Committee (Passed 8-0 on Tuesday, Janaury 21, 2020.)
2. Commerce and Tourism Committee (Passed 4-0 on Tuesday, February 4, 2020.)
3. Appropriations Committee

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HB 1193
Bill Name: Deregulation of Professions and Occupations
Sponsored by: Representative Blaise Ingoglia (R) D-35
Companion Bill: SB 474
RLCFL SUPPORTS
Bill Summary:
Removes regulations on specified DBPR professions, including labor organizations, hair braiders, hair wrappers & body wrappers, & boxing timekeepers & announcers; revises certain requirements for barbers, nail specialists, business organizations that provide architecture services and interior design, landscape architects, & geologists; prohibits suspension or revocation of license for delinquency or default on payment of student loan or default on requirements of work-conditional scholarship.
Status: Now in Commerce Committee
Co-Sponsors: None
Referred to:
1.Business and Professions Subcommittee (Passed 12-3 on Tuesday, Janaury 21, 2020.)
2.Government Operations and Technology Appropriations Subcommittee (Passed 10-2 on Tuesday, January 28, 2020.)
3.Commerce Committee

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HB 707
Bill Name: Legislative Review of Occupational Regulations
Sponsored by: Health and Human Services Committee andRepresentative Paul Renner (R) D-24.
Companion Bill: SB 1124
RLCFL SUPPORTS
Bill Summary:
This bill establishes a schedule for a systematic review of the costs and benefits of occupational regulatory programs. The Legislature would review each occupational regulatory program before the scheduled date on which each occupational regulatory program is set to expire and determine whether to allow the program to expire, renew the program without modifications, renew the program with modifications, or provide for other appropriate actions.
Status: Added to Second Reading Calendar
Co-Sponsors: None
Referred to:
1. Commerce Committee (Passed 22-1 on Thursday, January 16, 2920)
2. Health and Human Services Committee (Passed 12-4 on Thursday, February 6, 2020.)
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HB 3
Bill Name: Preemption of Local Occupational Licensing
Sponsored by: Business and Professions Subcommittee and Representative Michael Grant (R) D-75
Companion Bill: SB 1336
RLCFL SUPPORTS
Bill Summary:
This bill prohibits local governments from imposing their own occupational and professional licensing requirements. State oversight would standardize occupational regulation and is fairer because many business owners don’t live in the city or county where their business is, meaning they can’t vote on matters that affect them. Contractors cross county and city borders every day and can face a patchwork of multiple occupational regulations depending on which County they are working in that day.
Status: Added to Special Order Calendar for Wednesday, February 19, 2020.
Co-Sponsors: None
Referred to:
1. Business and Professions Subcommittee (Passed 12-2 on Wednesday, January 15, 2020)
2. Commerce Committee (Passed 14-5 on Thursday, January 30, 2020)
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SB 1336
Bill Name: Preemption of Local Occupational Licensing
Sponsored by: Community Affairs Committee and Senator Keith Perry (R) D-8
Companion Bill: HB 3
RLCFL SUPPORTS
Bill Summary:
This bill prohibits local governments from imposing their own occupational and professional licensing requirements. State oversight would standardize occupational regulation and is fairer because many business owners don’t live in the city or county where their business is, meaning they can’t vote on matters that affect them. Contractors cross county and city borders every day and can face a patchwork of multiple occupational regulations depending on which County they are working in that day.
Status: SB 1336 will be heard the Innovation, Industry, and Technology Committee on Monday, February 17, 2020.
Co-Sponsors: None
Referred to:
1. Community Affairs Committee (Passed 4-0 on Monday, February 3, 2020.)
2. Innovation, Industry, and Technology Committee
3. Rules Committee

Term Limits

HJR 157
Bill Name: Limitation on Terms of Office for Members of a District School Board
Sponsored by: Representative Anthony Sabatini (R) D-32 and Representative Matt Wilhite (D) D-86
Companion Bill: SJR 1480
RLCFL SUPPORTS
Bill Summary:
This bill would place a proposed amendment to the Florida Constitution on the 2020 general election ballot. If passed by at least 60% of voters, this amendment would limit school board members to two 4-year terms.
Status: Added to Special Order Calendar for Wednesday, February 19, 2020.
Co-Sponsors:
Representative Mike Hill (R) D-1
Representative Will Robinson (R) D-71
Referred to:
1. PreK-12 Innovation Subcommittee (Passed 13-4  on Tuesday, Janury 21, 2020.)
2. Oversight, Transparency and Public Management Subcommittee (Passed 10-5 on Wednesday, January 29, 2020)
3. Education Committee (Passed 11-4 on Thursday, February 6, 2020.)

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SJR 1216
Bill Name: Limitation on Terms of Office for Members of a District School Board
Sponsored by: Education Committee, Ethics and Elections Committee and Senator Joe Gruters (R) D-23
Companion Bill: HJR 157.
RLCFL SUPPORTS
Bill Summary:
This bill would place a proposed amendment to the Florida Constitution on the 2020 general election ballot. If passed by at least 60% of voters, this amendment would limit school board members to two 4-year terms.
Status: Now in Rules Committee
Co-Sponsors: Senator Dennis Baxley (R) D-12
Referred to:
1. Ethics and Elections Committee (Passed 4-3 on Monday, February 3, 2020.)
2. Education Committee (Passed 5-3 on Monday, February 10, 2020.)
3. Rules Committee

Amending the Florida Constitution

SJR 142
Bill Name: Abolishing the Constitution Revision Commission
Sponsored by: Senator Jeff Brandes (R) D-24
Companion Bill: HJR 301
RLCFL SUPPORTS
Bill Summary:
This bill would place a proposed amendment to the Florida Constitution on the 2020 general election ballot. If passed by at least 60% of voters, this amendment would abolish the Constitution Revision Commission. The Constitution Revision Commission meets every 20 years to propose changes to the Florida Constitution and has become no more than politically charged unnecessary waste of taxpayer dollars.
Status: Placed on Special Order Calendar
Co-Sponsors:
Senator Debbie Mayfield (R) D-17
Senator Ed Hooper (R) D-16
Referred to:
1. Judiciary Committee (Passed 6-0 on Monday, September 16, 2019)
2. Governmental Oversight and Accountability Committee (Passed 5-0 on Monday, October 14, 2019)
3. Rules Committee (Passed 16-0 on Wednesday, Janauary 29, 2020.)
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HJR 301
Bill Name: Repeal of Constitution Revision Commission
Sponsored by: Representative Brad Drake (R) D-5
Companion Bill: SJR 142
RLCFL SUPPORTS
Bill Summary:
This bill would place a proposed amendment to the Florida Constitution on the 2020 general election ballot. If passed by at least 60% of voters, this amendment would abolish the Constitution Revision Commission. The Constitution Revision Commission meets every 20 years to propose changes to the Florida Constitution and has become no more than politically charged unnecessary waste of taxpayer dollars.
Status: Passed Florida House 93-25 on Wednesday, January 22, 2020. Senate Referred to Judiciary; Governmental Oversight and Accountability; Rules.
Co-Sponsors:
Representative Anthony Sabatini (R) D-32
Representative Beltran (R) D-57
Representative Cord Byrd (R) D-11
Representative Dane Eagle (R) D-77
Referred to:
1. Civil Justice Subcommittee (Passed 9-2 on Thursday, November 14th, 2019)
2. State Affairs Committee (Passed 23-0 on Monday, December 9, 2019)
3. Judiciary Committee (Passed 16-2 on Thursday, January 16, 2020)

 

Property Rights

HB 203
Bill Name: Growth Management
Sponsored by: By  Local, Federal & Veterans Affairs Subcommittee and Representative Stan McClain (R) D-23
Companion Bill: SB 410
RLCFL SUPPORTS
Bill Summary:
All counties and municipalities in Florida must adopt local government comprehensive plans that guide future growth and development. Comprehensive plans contain chapters or “elements” that address topics to be coordinated. Absent from the list of mandated elements is an element protecting property rights. HB 203 would require all counties and municipalities to adopt a property rights element in their Comprehensive Plan.
Status: Now in State Affairs Committee
Co-Sponsors:
Representative Anthony Sabatini (R) D-32
Representative Mike Hill (R) D-1
Referred to:
1. Local, Federal and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee (Passed 9-5 on Wednesday, October 23, 2019)
2. Commerce Committee (Passed 16-6 on Thursday, February 13, 2020.)
3. State Affairs Committee

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SB 410
Bill Name: Growth Management
Sponsored by: Community Affairs Committee and Senator Keith Perry (R) D-8
Companion Bill: HB 203
RLCFL SUPPORTS
Bill Summary:
All counties and municipalities in Florida must adopt local government comprehensive plans that guide future growth and development. Comprehensive plans contain chapters or “elements” that address topics to be coordinated. Absent from the list of mandated elements is an element protecting property rights. SB 410 would require all counties and municipalities to adopt a property rights element in their Comprehensive Plan.
Status: Now in Rules Committee
Co-Sponsors: None
Referred to:
1. Community Affairs Committee (Passed 5-0 on Monday, Janauary 27, 2020.)
2. Judiciary Committee (Passed 5-1 on Tuesday, February 11, 2020.)
3. Rules Committee

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SB 1128
Bill Name: Vacation Rentals
Sponsored by: Commerce and Tourism Committee and Senator Manny Diaz (R) D-36
Companion Bill: HB 1011
RLCFL SUPPORTS
Bill Summary:
This bill would preempt the regulation of vacation rentals to the state and protects from local regulation rentals offered via an “advertising platform,” which offers software and online access to listings for “transient public lodging establishment[s]” in the state. Just as public lodging (hotels and motels) and food service establishments are regulated by the state, so too would Airbnb, VRBO, and the like.
SB 1128 states that “property owners who choose to use their property as a vacation rental have constitutionally protected property rights and other rights that must be protected, including the right to use their residential property as a vacation rental”.
This bill would still allow local governments to make rules that apply to vacation rentals as long as they apply uniformly to all residences – things like noise and parking regulations.
Status: Now in Rules
Co-Sponsors: None
Referred to:
1. Innovation, Industry, and Technology Committee (Passed 8-2 on Monday, January 13, 2020.)
2. Commerce and Tourism Committee (Passed 3-2 on Tuesday, Febraury 11, 2020.)
3. Rules Committee

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HB 1011
Bill Name: Vacation Rentals
Sponsored by:  Government Operations & Technology Appropriations Subcommittee and      Representative Jason Fischer (R) D-16 and Representative Mike LaRosa (R) D-42
Companion Bill: SB 1128
RLCFL SUPPORTS
Bill Summary:
This bill would preempt the regulation of vacation rentals to the state and protects from local regulation rentals offered via an “advertising platform,” which offers software and online access to listings for “transient public lodging establishment[s]” in the state. Just as public lodging (hotels and motels) and food service establishments are regulated by the state, so too would Airbnb, VRBO, and the like.
HB 1011 states that “property owners who choose to use their property as a vacation rental have constitutionally protected property rights and other rights that must be protected, including the right to use their residential property as a vacation rental”.
Status: Now in Commerce Committee
Co-Sponsors:
Representative Anthony Sabatini (R) D-32
Representative Kimberly Daniels (D) D-14
Referred to:
1. Workforce Development and Tourism Subcommittee (Passed 10-5 on Tuesday, January 21, 2020.)
2. Government Operations and Technology Appropriations Subcommittee (Passed 8-5 on Tuesday, February 4, 2020.)
3. Commerce Committee

Due Process

SB 470
Bill Name: Searches of Cellular Phones and Other Electronic Devices
Sponsored by: Criminal Justice and Senator Jeff Brandes (R) D-24
Companion Bill: HB 1457
RLCFL SUPPORTS
Bill Summary:
This bill would require that collection by law enforcement of an individual’s location, a cell phone, or a home enabled device, without the consent of the person or owner of the devices, should be allowed only when authorized by a warrant, which carries a higher standard of having probable cause than a court order. Advancing technology has presented law enforcement with new means of investigation and surveillance, and the courts with new questions about the Fourth Amendment implications of this technology. These technologies such as “Stingray” also known as “cell-site simulators” or “IMSI catchers,” are invasive cell phone surveillance devices that mimic cell phone towers. Current law only requires a court order and not a warrant for law enforcement to use these types of surveillance.
Status: Now in Judiciary Committee
Co-Sponsors:
Senator Randolph Bracy (D) D-11
Referred to:
1. Criminal Justice Committee (Passed 5-0 on Tuesday, November 12th, 2019)
2. Judiciary Committee
3. Rules Committee

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HB 1457
Bill Name: Searches of Cellular Phones and Other Electronic Devices
Sponsored by: Criminal Justice Subcommittee and Representative Wengay Newton (D) D-70.
Companion Bill: SB 470
RLCFL SUPPORTS
Bill Summary:
Companion bill to SB 470, see summary above
Status: Added to Second Reading Calendar
Co-Sponsors: None
Referred to:
1. Criminal Justice Subcommittee (Passed 14-0 on Monday, February 3, 2020.)
2. Judiciary Committee (Passed 14-0 on Wednesday, February 12, 2020.)

 

Criminal Justice Reform

SB 346
Bill Name: Controlled Substances
Sponsored by: Criminal Justice Committee and Senator Rob Bradley (R) D-5
Companion Bill: HB 339
RLCFL SUPPORTS
Bill Summary:
A defendant charged with drug possession can receive a mandatory minimum sentence if the amount of drugs in the defendant’s possession meets a certain threshold. Florida’s current system of mandatory minimum sentencing means that our court system has no discretion over how someone convicted of a drug crime is sentenced. These mandatory minimums treat an addict the same as a major drug dealer.
Many times, a person is simply an addict with no intention of trafficking drugs. They spend a lengthy time in prison and are exposed to a criminal element, making it very difficult to become productive members of society after release.
SB 346 would give flexibility to the courts to consider all factors in a case, such as a first offense, in determining the appropriate sentence. This legislation keeps mandatory minimums for those engaged in obvious drug trafficking, or committed or threatened violence, or had a firearm while committing a crime.
Florida houses roughly 100,000 prisoners, the third-largest prison population in the United States and costs the state about $2.3 billion each year.
Status: Placed on 2nd Reading Calendar.
Co-Sponsors:
Senator Jeff Brandes (R) D-24
Senator Keith Perry (R) D-8
Senator Manny Diaz (R) D-36
Senator Joe Gruters (R) D-23
Senator Randolph Bracy (D) D-11
Senator Darryl Rouson (D) D-19
Senator Lori Berman (D) D-31
Senator Annette Taddeo (D) D-40
Senator Linda Stewart (D) D-13
Referred to:
1. Criminal Justice Committee (Passed 5-0 on Tuesday, November 12th, 2019)
2. Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice (Passed 8-0 on Wednesday, December 11, 2019)
3. Appropriations Committee (Passed 19-0 on Thursday, January 16, 2020)

2020 Florida Legislative Session Dates
60-Day Session begins Tuesday, January 14, 2020, and ends on Friday, March 13, 2020