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
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: None
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
Referred to:
1. Infrastructure and Security Committee
2. Criminal Justice Committee
3. Rules 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
Referred to:
1. Criminal Justice Subcommittee
2. Justice Appropriations Subcommittee
3. Judiciary Committee
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HB 117
Bill Name: Concealed Weapons or Concealed Weapons Licensing
Sponsored by: Representative Al Jacquet (D) D-88
Companion Bill: None
RLCFL OPPOSES
Bill Summary:
This bill would require a mental health evaluation when applying for a Concealed Weapons Permit.
Status: Now in Criminal Justice Subcommittee
Co-Sponsors: N/A
Referred to:
1. Criminal Justice Subcommittee
2. Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee
3. Judiciary Committee
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SB 134
Bill Name: Preemption of Firearms and Ammunition
Sponsored by: Senator Annette Taddeo (D) D-40
Companion Bill: HB 6009
RLCFL OPPOSES
Bill Summary:
This bill repeals Section 790.33, Florida Statutes, which preempted local gun regulations and would subject local elected officials to fines, removal from office, and lawsuits for enacting regulations on guns within their communities. Since 1987, Florida has barred cities and counties from passing regulations that are stricter than state firearms laws. If these bills passed, local governments could pass their own gun control laws.
Status: Now in Infrastructure and Security Committee
Co-Sponsors: N/A
Referred to:
1. Infrastructure and Security Committee
2. Judiciary Committee
3. Rules Committee

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HB 6009
Bill Name: Preemption of Firearms and Ammunition
Sponsored by: Representative Dan Daley (D) D-97 and Representative Dotie Joseph (D) D-108
Companion Bill: SB 134
RLCFL OPPOSES
Bill Summary:
This bill repeals Section 790.33, Florida Statutes, which preempted local gun regulations, and would subject local elected officials to fines, removal from office, and lawsuits for enacting regulations on guns within their communities. Since 1987, Florida has barred cities and counties from passing regulations that are stricter than state firearms laws. If these bills passed, local governments could pass their own gun control laws.
Status: Now in Criminal Justice Subcommittee
Co-Sponsors: Representative Richard Stark (D) D-104
Referred to:
1. Criminal Justice Subcommittee
2. Local, Federal and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee
3. Judiciary Committee

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SB 266
Bill Name: Safe Storage of Loaded Firearms
Sponsored by: Senator Gary Farmer (D) D-34
Companion Bill: None
RLCFL OPPOSES
Bill Summary:
This bill expands the scope of a state law regulating safe storage of guns, making it a violation to improperly secure a gun even if a minor does not get his or her hands on the weapon and requires gun owners to use a locked container or a trigger lock even when the gun owner is carrying or has the weapon nearby
Status: Now in Infrastructure and Security Committee
Co-Sponsors: Senator Jose Rodriguez (D) D-37
Referred to:
1. Infrastructure and Security Committee
2. Criminal Justice Committee
3. Rules Committee

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SB 270
Bill Name: Sale and Delivery of Firearms
Sponsored by: Senator Gary Farmer (D) D-34
Companion Bill: None
RLCFL OPPOSES
Bill Summary:
This bill is another “Universal Background Check” legislation that states if neither party to a sale, lease, or transfer of a firearm is a licensed dealer, the parties must complete the sale, lease or transfer must be through a licensed firearm dealer.
Status: Now in Infrastructure and Security Committee
Co-Sponsors: Senator Jose Rodriguez (D) D-37
Referred to:
1. Infrastructure and Security Committee
2. Judiciary Committee
3. Rules 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: Filed on Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Co-Sponsors: N/A
Referred to: TBD

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

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-
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: Now in Civil Justice Subcommittee
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: 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: HB 203 will be heard in the Local, Federal and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Wednesday, October 23, 2019.
Co-Sponsors: Representative Anthony Sabatini (R) D-32
Referred to:
1. Local, Federal and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee
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: Filed on Monday, October 07, 2019
Co-Sponsors: N/A
Referred to: TBA

 

2020 Florida Legislative Session Dates
Interim Committee Weeks:
Week of October 21, 2019
Week of November 4, 2019
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