2020 Legislative Bill Tracker

Firearms

HB 6003
Bill Name: Firearms
Sponsored by: Representative Mike Hill (R) D-1
Companion Bill: None
RLCFL SUPPORTS
Bill Summary:
This bill would repeal gun control measures in SB 7026 that passed in 2018 after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. HB 6003 repeals the red flag provisions, the three-day waiting period for gun purchases, the increase in the minimum age to 21 for the purchase of rifles and the ban on bump-fire stock devices.
Status: Now in Criminal Justice Subcommittee
Co-Sponsors:
Representative Anthony Sabatini (R) D-32
Representative Stan McClain (R) D-23
Referred to:
1. Criminal Justice Subcommittee
2. Justice Appropriations Subcommittee
3. Judiciary Committee

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HB 6001
Bill Name: Licenses to Carry Concealed Weapons and Firearms (Campus Carry)
Sponsored by: Representative Anthony Sabatini (R) D-32
Companion Bill: None
RLCFL SUPPORTS
Bill Summary:
This bill would allow concealed carry licensees to carry a handgun or a concealed weapon or firearm into a college or university facility.
Status: Now in Criminal Justice Subcommittee
Co-Sponsors:
Representative Mike Hill (R) D-1
Representative Stan McClain (R) D-23
Referred to:
1. Criminal Justice Subcommittee
2. Higher Education and Career Readiness Subcommittee
3. Judiciary Committee

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HB 273
Bill Name: Carrying of Firearms (Constitutional Carry)
Sponsored by: Representative Anthony Sabatini (R) D-32
Companion Bill: None
RLCFL Supports
Bill Summary:
This bill often referred to as “Constitutional Carry” removes the requirement that license to carry a concealed firearm is required in order to carry such a firearm. This would enable Florida citizens to carry a gun, open or concealed, without a permit. 30 States do not require any license to carry unconcealed and 15 states allow carry licensees/permit holders to choose to carry openly or concealed at their discretion.
Status: Now in Criminal Justice Subcommittee
Co-Sponsors:
Representative Mike Hill (R) D-1
Representative Stan McClain (R) D-23
Representative Tyler Sirois (R) D-51
Referred to:
1. Criminal Justice Subcommittee
2. Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee
3. Judiciary Committee
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SB 94
Bill Name: Transfer of Firearms (Universal Background Checks)
Sponsored by: Senator Lauren Book (D) D-32
Companion Bill: HB 451
RLCFL OPPOSES
Bill Summary:
This bill (Universal Background Checks) would require private sales of firearms between citizens to transfer the weapon to a licensed dealer to run a background check before completing the transaction. Private sales also include gun shows and purchases through websites like Armslist.
Status: Now in Infrastructure and Security Committee
Co-Sponsors:
Senator Linda Stewart (D) D-13
Senator Jose Rodriguez (D) D-37
Referred to:
1. Infrastructure and Security Committee
2. Criminal Justice Committee
3. Rules Committee

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HB 451
Bill Name: Weapons and Firearms (Universal Background Checks)
Sponsored by: Representative Margaret Good (D) D-72
Companion Bill: SB 94
RLCFL OPPOSES
Bill Summary:
Requires all sales or transfers of firearms be conducted through a licensed firearm dealer & persons involved in the sale or transfer subject to background checks.
Status: Now in Criminal Justice Subcommittee
Co-Sponsors:
Representative Cindy Polo (D) D-103
Referred to:
1. Criminal Justice Subcommittee
2. Justice Appropriations Subcommittee
3. Judiciary Committee

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SB 114
Bill Name: Risk Protection Orders (Red Flag)
Sponsored by: Senator Lori Berman (D) D-31
Companion Bill: HB 47
RLCFL OPPOSES
Bill Summary:
Current Florida Risk Protection Order (Red Flag) law allows only law enforcement officers to petition a court for the removal of firearms. This bill would expand the petitioner categories to include mother, father, grandparent, stepparent, sibling, spouse or legal guardian.
Status: Now in Infrastructure and Security Committee
Co-Sponsors: Senator Janet Cruz (D) D-18
Referred to:
1. Infrastructure and Security Committee
2. Judiciary Committee
3. Rules Committee

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HB 47
Bill Name: Risk Protection Orders (Red Flag)
Sponsored by: Representative Richard Stark (D) D-104
Companion Bill: SB 114
RLCFL OPPOSES
Bill Summary:
Current Florida Risk Protection Order (Red Flag) law allows only law enforcement officers to petition a court for the removal of firearms. This bill would expand the petitioner categories to include mother, father, grandparent, stepparent, sibling, spouse or legal guardian.
Status: Now in Criminal Justice Subcommittee
Co-Sponsors:
Representative Margaret Good (D) D-72
Representative Tina Polsky (D) D-81
Representative Javier Fernandez (D) D-114
Representative Cindy Polo (D) D-103
Referred to:
1. Criminal Justice Subcommittee
2. Justice Appropriations Subcommittee
3. Judiciary Committee

TAXES & BUDGET

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 Finance and Tax 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
3. Appropriations Committee

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HB 159
Bill Name: Sales and Use Tax (Estimated $700 million tax hike)
Sponsored by: Representative Chuck Clemons (R) D-21
Companion Bill: SB 126
RLCFL OPPOSES
Bill Summary:
This bill is the House companion to SB 126 Sales and Tax Use. See the summary for SB 126 above.
Status: Now in Ways & Means Committee
Co-Sponsors:
Representative Melony Bell (R) D-56
Representative Mike Grieco (D) D-113
Representative Sam Killebrew (R) D-41
Representative Anthony Sabatini (R) D-32
Representative Heather Fitzenhagen (R ) D-78
Referred to:
1. Ways and Means Committee
2. Commerce Committee
3. Appropriations Committee

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SB 530
Bill Name: Entertainment Industry
Sponsored by: Senator Joe Gruters (R) D-23
Companion Bill: HB 497
RLCFL OPPOSES
Bill Summary:
In 2010, the Florida Legislature created a $296 million film-incentive fund. After the money dried up and a 2015 study by the Legislature’s Office of Economic and Demographic Research found Florida got 43 cents back for every dollar awarded in tax incentives to entertainment productions, the Florida Legislature has not renewed the film-incentive fund. This bill would provide grants of up to $2 million to production companies that have completed at least 70 percent of their work in Florida and hire a minimum of Florida residents. The previous film-incentive fund was a first-come, first-served basis, and this bill, in theory, seeks to bring accountability by requiring certain benchmarks are met before grants are awarded.
The problem is this is still a form of corporate welfare, with government picking winners and losers, in this case picking certain industries for favored treatment and taxpayer-funded handouts. 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 Commerce and Tourism 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
Referred to:
1. Commerce and Tourism Committee
2. Innovation, Industry, and Technology Committee
3. Appropriations Committee

 

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HB 497
Bill Name: Entertainment Industry
Sponsored by: Representative James Buchanan (R) D-74
Companion Bill: SB 530
RLCFL OPPOSES
Bill Summary:
HB 497 is the House companion bill to SB 530, see bill summary above.
Status: Now in Workforce Development and Tourism Committee
Co-Sponsors:
Representative Nicholas Duran (D) D-112
Representative Grieco (D) D-113
Representative Holly Raschein (R) D-120
Representative Heather Fitzenhagen (R) D-78
Representative David Silvers (D) D-87
Referred to:
1. Workforce Development and Tourism Subcommittee
2. Transportation and Tourism Appropriations Subcommittee
3. Commerce 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: Now in Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development
Co-Sponsors:
Senator Linda Stewart (D) D-13
Senator Gayle Harrell (R) D-25
Senator Dennis Baxley (R) D-12
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
3. Appropriations Committee

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HB 213
Bill Name: Florida Tourism Marketing
Sponsored by: Representative Mel Ponder (R) D-4
Companion Bill: SB 362
RLCFL OPPOSES
Bill Summary:
This bill is the House companion to SB 362 Florida Tourism Marketing. See summary above.
Status: Now in Workforce Development and Tourism Subcommittee
Co-Sponsors:
Representative Loranne Ausley (D) D-9
Representative Delores Hogan Johnson (D) D-84
Representative David Santiago (R) D-27
Representative Charlie Stone (R) D-22
Representative Cindy Polo (D) D-103
Representative Javier Fernandez (D) D-114
Referred to:
1. Workforce Development and Tourism Subcommittee
2. Transportation and Tourism Appropriations Subcommittee
3. Commerce Committee

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SB 332
Bill Name: Land Acquisition Trust Fund
Sponsored by: Senator Linda Stewart (D) D-13
Companion Bill: None
RLCFL OPPOSES
Bill Summary:
This bill would dedicate $100 million annually to the Florida Forever Trust Fund. Florida Forever Florida Forever funds come from the sale of bonds that loan money to the state. The bonds are then paid back by revenues generated through documentary stamp taxes levied on real estate documentation and transactions. The annual debt service alone on Florida Forever bonds are close to $200 million and purchasing more land also requires more funding for maintenance. 30% of Florida is already held in conservation. The question is how much more conservation land do we need, and can the state (Taxpayers) afford the costs?
Status: Now in Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment, and General Government
Co-Sponsors: N/A
Referred to:
1. Environment and Natural Resources Committee (Passed 5-0 on Monday, November 4th, 2019)
2. Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment, and General Government
3. Appropriations Committee

 

Campaign Finance

SB 516
Bill Name: Campaign Financing
Sponsored by: Senator Joe Gruters (R) D-23
Companion Bill: None
RLCFL SUPPORTS
Bill Summary:
This bill would prohibit transfers or contributions between PCs, ECOs, political parties, and affiliated party committees.
Status: Now in Ethics and Elections Committee
Co-Sponsors: N/A
Referred to:
1. Ethics and Elections Committee
2. Judiciary Committee
3. Rules Committee

Government Regulation

HB 6017
Bill Name: Tied House Evil
Sponsored by: Representative Anthony Sabatini (R) D-32
Companion Bill: None
RLCFL SUPPORTS
Bill Summary:
This bill will repeal state statute requiring the three-tier system of regulation over the production, distribution, and sale of alcoholic beverages. This statute is protectionist in nature and not free market-oriented. By repealing this statute, small breweries will be allowed to sell their products without being forced to use a distributor.
Status: Now in Business and Professions Subcommittee
Co-Sponsors: N/A
Referred to:
1. Business and Professions Subcommittee
2. Government Operations and Technology Appropriations Subcommittee
3. Commerce Committee

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SB 138
Bill Name: Beverage Law
Sponsored by: Senator Travis Hutson (R) D-7
Companion Bill: None
RLCFL SUPPORTS
Bill Explanation:
This bill fixes a provision in a 2005 “Merlot to go” law that allows Florida diners to take a half-finished bottle of wine home with them — but only if they’ve ordered and consumed a meal that includes an entree, a vegetable or salad, bread, and a beverage. SB 138 would eliminate the meal requirement. SB 138 also raises the limit on the amount of liquor a distillery can produce. Current law caps craft distilleries at 75,000 gallons per calendar year. SB 138 would raise that limit to 200,000. This would be closer to a free market system, limits on production should be determined by the market.
Status: Now in Innovation, Industry, and Technology Committee
Co-Sponsors: N/A
Referred to:
1. Innovation, Industry, and Technology Committee
2. Commerce and Tourism Committee
3. Rules Committee

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SB 404
Bill Name: Parental Consent for Abortion
Sponsored by: 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: SB 404 will be heard in the Health Policy Committee Tuesday, November 12th, 2019.
Co-Sponsors:
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
Referred to:
1. Health Policy Committee
2. Judiciary Committee
3. Rules Committee

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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 notarized written consent of parent or legal guardian before inducing or performing termination of pregnancy of minor
Status: Placed on House Calendar
Co-Sponsors:
Representative Mike Beltran (R) D-57
Representative Cord Byrd (R) D-11
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 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 Clay Yarborough (R) D-12
Representative Anthony Sabatini (R) D-32
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: Senator Ben Albritton (R) D-26
Companion Bill: NONE
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 Innovation, Industry, and Technology Committee
Co-Sponsors: N/A
Referred to:
1. Innovation, Industry, and Technology Committee
2. Commerce and Tourism Committee
3. Appropriations 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: None
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 PreK-12 Innovation Subcommittee
Co-Sponsors:
Representative Mike Hill (R) D-1
Representative Will Robinson (R) D-71
Referred to:
1. PreK-12 Innovation Subcommittee
2. Oversight, Transparency and Public Management Subcommittee
3. Education 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: Now in Rules Committee
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
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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: HJR 301 will be heard in the Civil Justice Subcommittee on Thursday, November 14th, 2019.
Co-Sponsors: N/A
Referred to:
1. Civil Justice Subcommittee
2. State Affairs Committee
3. Judiciary Committee

 

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 Commerce Committee
Co-Sponsors: Representative Anthony Sabatini (R) D-32
Referred to:
1. Local, Federal and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee (Passed 9-5 on Wednesday, October 23, 2019)
2. Commerce Committee
3. State Affairs Committee

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SB 410
Bill Name: Growth Management
Sponsored by: 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 Community Affairs
Co-Sponsors: N/A
Referred to:
1. Community Affairs Committee
2. Judiciary Committee
3. Rules Committee

Due Process

SB 470
Bill Name: Searches of Cellular Phones and Other Electronic Devices
Sponsored by: Senator Jeff Brandes (R) D-24
Companion Bill: N/A
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: SB 470 will be heard in the Criminal Justice Committee on Tuesday, November 12th, 2019.
Co-Sponsors: N/A
Referred to:
1. Criminal Justice Committee
2. Judiciary Committee
3. Rules Committee

Criminal Justice Reform

HB 339
Bill Name: Drug Trafficking Offenses
Sponsored by: Representative Alex Andrade (R) D-2 and Representative Grieco (D) D-113
Companion Bill: SB 346
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.
HB 339 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: Now in Criminal Justice Subcommittee
Co-Sponsors:
Representative Vance Aloupis (R) D-115
Representative Dan Daley (D) D-97
Representative Byron Donalds (R) D-80
Representative Nicholas Duran (D) D-112
Representative Anna Eskamani (D) D47-
Representative Juan Fernandez-Barquin (R) D-119
Representative Mike Gottlieb (D) D-98
Representative Stan McClain (R) D-23
Representative Holly Raschein (R) D-120
Representative Ana Maria Rodriguez (R) D-105
Representative Anthony Sabatini (R) D-32
Representative David Santiago (R) D-27
Representative Carlos Smith (D) D-49
Representative Cindy Polo (D) D-103
Representative Heather Fitzenhagen (R) D-78
Representative Ben Diamond (D) D-68
Referred to:
1. Criminal Justice Subcommittee
2. Justice Appropriations Subcommittee
3. Judiciary Committee
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SB 346
Bill Name: Controlled Substances
Sponsored by: 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: SB 346 will be heard in the Criminal Justice Committee on Tuesday, November 12th, 2019.
Co-Sponsors:
Senator Jeff Brandes (R) D-24
Senator Keith Perry (R) D-8
Senator Manny Diaz (R) D-36
Referred to:
1. Criminal Justice Committee
2. Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice
3. Appropriations Committee

 

 

2020 Florida Legislative Session Dates
Remaining Interim Committee Weeks:
Week of November 12, 2019
Week of December 9, 2019
60-Day Session begins Tuesday, January 14, 2020, and ends on Friday, March 13, 2020