Compare what voters WANT to what legislators DELIVER. A report on the Legislative Session. Every legislator. Every issue. Online, annually.
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Intercollegiate Athletics Compensation and Rights (HB 7B)
This bill clarifies that an “athlete agent” will represent intercollegiate athletes that profit for the commercial use of, or protect them from unauthorized use, of their name, image, or likeness (NIL). This bill removes restrictions for the compensation for athletes, as well as certain restrictions placed on the postsecondary educational institutions, while also specifying that institution employees cannot be liable for damages to an athlete’s NIL because of routine actions during that sport.
Transportation of Inspected Unauthorized Aliens (HB 5B)
This bill creates the Unauthorized Alien Transport Program w/in the Department of Emergency Management which will facilitate the transportation of inspected unauthorized aliens (illegal migrants who were processed and released by the US Government w/o being admitted) anywhere w/in the US. The bill also allows the department to adopt rules and contract services to implement this program. $10,000,000 (from the General Revenue fund) will be appropriated for this program.
Special Prosecutor (HB 3B)
This bill authorizes the Office of Statewide Prosecution to prosecute crimes involving voting (including federal or state office, referendum, initiative, issue, petition, or registration). According to the state constitution, crimes must be committed in more than 1 circuit to be prosecuted by a statewide prosecutor. This bill also specifies that crimes facilitated or connected to the Internet are still open to investigation and prosecutable throughout every judicial circuit w/in the state.
Emergency Response (HB 1B)
This bill creates the Local Government Emergency Bridge Loan Program w/in the Department of Economic Opportunity which will provide one year (which can be extended) interest-free loans to eligible local governments (who demonstrate financial need) impacted by Hurricane Ian and/or Nicole through the end of fiscal year 2024. The bill will also appropriate $650 million (from the General Revenue fund) to the Governor’s Emergency Response and Preparedness Fund.
Disney - Reedy Creek (HB 9B)
This bill re-establishes Reedy Creek as “Central Florida Tourism Oversight District”. The district currently has a 5-member board that is predominantly Walt Disney Executives, but these changes would have the members be appointed by the Governor and confirmed (approved) by the Florida Senate. The state will have the ability to impose taxes on Disney for transportation projects outside of the district. Disney will also be required to pay the $700m+ in unsecured debt the RCID originally occurred.
Death Penalty Cases (SB 450)
This bill changes the role of the jury from sentencing an individual to recommending the penalty for an individual. This requires the jury to make an advisory opinion to the judge where previously the jury’s decision was final. Additionally, it changes the threshold needed for the jury to make a decision from a unanimous agreement of the death penalty to at least eight jurors. After the recommendation of the jury, the court will make the final sentence.
Resale of Tickets (SB 388)
This bill requires ticket information to be prominently displayed on the homepage (or ticket landing page) before the purchase of the ticket & removes that additional disclosures may be displayed through links. Additionally, ticket holders can resell (current law requires resell to be no more than $1 of original price), transfer, or donate their ticket using any platform of their choosing, and may request the name and email/phone number of the buying individual. The original ticket holder may not deny access to the buying individual after the sale. This bill also preempts (or removes authority) a local government from passing a regulation that interferes with this statewide policy.
Trafficking in Fentanyl (SB 354)
This bill heightens the punishment for individuals trafficking in fentanyl. If between 4 and 14 grams the mandatory minimum changes from 7 years to 15 years and the fine increases from $50,000 to $75,000. If between 14 and 28 grams the mandatory minimum changes from 20 years to 25 years and the fine increases from $100,000 to $150,000. If over 28 grams, the fine remains the same at $500,000 but the mandatory minimum increases from 25 to 30 years.
Tax Exemption for Diapers and Incontinence Products (SB 114)
This bill exempts diapers, incontinence undergarments, incontinence pads, and incontinence liners from being taxable. If passed, this would go into effect on January 1st, 2024.
Public Safety / Permitless Carry (HB 543)
This bill allows authorized individuals to conceal a handgun w/o receiving a permit (which includes a gun safety course, a background check, providing fingerprints, & a fee). Permitless carriers must always have identification on them and show it to requesting law enforcement (LE) (or face a $25 fine). The bill also creates: the Florida Safe Schools Canine Program allowing LE agencies to provide trained dogs to K-12 schools; orders the Office of Safe Schools to develop a statewide behavioral threat management operational process and a threat management portal; directs LE agencies to create and maintain an active assailant response policy.
Breathalyzer (HB 197)
This bill adds adds penalties for DUI. A person arrested for DUI, who refuses to submit to the breath-alcohol test, will have an ignition interlock device installed, at their own expense, on all vehicles they own/lease and routinely operate: One year for the 1st offense; 18 months for subsequent. A driver with a previous offense, who refuses to submit to the breath-alcohol test, is committing a first degree misdemeanor. The bill includes breath, urine and blood tests, as well as operating boats.
Safety Standards for Amusement Rides (SB 902)
Cited as the “Tyre Sampson Act,” this bill increases warning signage to amusement ride patrons; adds department authority to adopt rules for employee training to create a minimum standard; increases reporting requirements for documenting maintenance and changes made to safety and restraints; allows department authority to have 3rd party reviews for testing; adds a requirement that safety sensors cannot be adjusted exceeding maximum tolerance; and allows unannounced visits to verify procedures.
Housing (SB 102)
Cited as the “Live Local Act,” this bill changes affordable housing programs at the state and local level. The bill preempts local governments regarding development of affordable housing; deletes the authority of local governments to impose rent control; and extends an ad valorem tax exemption for the portion of developed property meeting affordable housing requirements. The bill provides over $700 million for affordable housing initiatives, including $100 million for the Florida Hometown Heroes program, $252 million for the SHIP program, $259 million for the SAIL program, and a $100 million loan program for inflation costs.
Florida Trail Network (SB 106)
This bill expands the preexisting Shared-Use Nonmotorized (SUN) Trail Network and enhances the trail system to be built within the Florida Wildlife Corridor. The bill increases the recurring (annual) funding of the SUN trail from $25 million to $50 million and provides a one-time appropriation of $200 million to construct the SUN trail network in the Corridor.
Abortion (HB 7)
This bill bans abortion after six weeks of gestation, except for physical medical emergencies. Abortions up to 15 weeks are allowed in rape or incest cases, providing the victim submits certain proof. Punishable as a 3rd degree felony (2nd degree in death of the mother). Physicians must report rape or incest of a minor. No telehealth abortion services. No government funds for travel to another state to support an abortion; exceptions for physical medical emergencies.
Driving on the Left (HB 421)
This bills modifies laws for driving in the furthermost left-hand lane of a roadway. On any road with two or more lanes traveling in the same direction and a speed limit of at least 65 miles per hour, vehicles are prohibited from operating in the left lane unless overtaking/passing another vehicle, when preparing to exit the road, or when directed by an official traffic control device. (Except emergency vehicles.) Moving violation penalties apply.
Venomous Reptiles (HB 1161)
This bill prohibits the sale, ownership, or purchase of venomous reptiles without a special permit by the FWC, with punishments, if released into the environment.
Capital Sexual Battery (HB 1297)
This bill changes the law so that an individual 18 years and older who commits sexual battery on a child under 12 years old is now subject to being charged with a capital felony, meaning that the sentence imposed can be life imprisonment or death, with any death sentence being determined by eight or more jurors.
Immigration (SB 1718)
This bill criminalizes the harboring of undocumented immigrants as human smuggling. For undocumented immigrants: Employers must use E-verify before employment, facing fines to $10k per incident and revocation of licenses for hiring; FL municipalities cannot provide funds for the purpose of IDs; certain permits from other states, including driver’s licenses, are invalid; hospitals must report seeking care. Fines apply.
School Vouchers (HB 1)
This bill related to school choice expands eligibility for voucher scholarships to include all students (grades K-12) to attend eligible private, charter, and home schools, as well as eligible online/virtual and tutoring programs, while giving priority to low income students.
Postsecondary Educational Institutions (HB 999)
This bill prohibits federal/state funds for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, unless to comply with federal law. General ED courses: No distorting historical events; no Critical Theory (Queer & Critical Race Theories etc.). Review tenured faculty every 5 years (&for cause) & employees earning $100,000+ yearly. Board of trustees or president hires full-time faculty; not required to consider input. No pledges, except to law & Constitution. No “gender” discrimination category.
Public Employee Unions (HB 1445)
This bill introduces changes to unions: Requires employees wanting to join an employee organization (union) to sign and date a membership authorization form; prohibits automatic deduction of union dues; imposes a 60% membership threshold on unions or the entity could face decertification; prohibits employee unions from distributing literature during work hours. Not applicable to law enforcement, correctional & probation officers, or firefighter unions.
Civil Remedies (SB 236)
This bill that changes tort law statutes (civil suits): Eliminates one-way attorney fees; applies lodestar (standardized) attorney fees; 4-year statute of limitations; limitations changes from 4 to 2 years for negligence, lost wages, wrongful death, most medical malpractice, libel/slander, etc.; multi-party prorated & arbitrated insurance settlements. Crimes on premises: fault of all parties must be considered. Who is majority (most at) fault determines negligence compensation.
Sales of Firearms and Ammunition (SB 214)
This bill states that merchant category codes are prohibited from being assigned by 1) financial/payment entities (including credit card companies) to firearms or ammunition purchases and 2) any entity to retailers identifying them as firearms or ammunition vendors. It is a 3rd degree felony for any government or private entity or person to keep/cause to be kept any list of firearms or owners of firearms (with government entities/representatives being subject to up to $5M in fines).
Middle and High School Start Times (HB 733)
This bill states that effective July 1, 2023, for schools in the district, the school year must not start before August 10. By July 1, 2026, the instructional day must not begin before 8:00 a.m. for middle schools and 8:30 a.m. for high schools (charter schools-in-the-workplace being exempt). Districts must inform stakeholders of sleep deprivation effects and time change benefits/plan. Charter schools must follow a number of statutes governing public schools (safety, class size, etc.).
Dissolution of Marriage (HB 1409)
This bill allows the court to consider adultery, mental condition, disabilities, and the ability for each party to be self sufficient in determining alimony. The party seeking alimony has burden of proof for determining their need. Eliminates permanent alimony. Considers if a parent moves to within 50 miles of child. The court may reduce an award if the payor has reached retirement age. Only applies to all initial petitions for dissolutions of marriage pending or filed after July 1st, 2023.
Gender Clinical Interventions (HB 1421)
This bill prohibits gender clinical interventions (sex-reassignment) for minors and birth certificate changes for gender identity. Florida courts can change child custody in cases of gender clinical interventions of Florida minors in another state. Health department must suspend participating healthcare practitioners’ licenses; criminal penalties. Prohibits the use of government funds or insurance coverage. Minors receiving interventions will be discontinued by 12/31/23.
State Park Campsite Reservations (SB 76)
This bill states that the Division of Recreation and Parks will allow Florida residents to make reservations at state park cabins, campsites, RV sites, tent, boat, equestrian, and camping sites up to 11 months in advance. Non-residents can do so up to 10 months in advance. Currently residents and non-residents can both make reservations 11 months in advance. This bill prioritizes Florida residents.
Authorization of Restriction Concerning Dogs (HB 941)
This bill prohibits local governments or public housing authorities from implementing restrictions on the weight, size, or breed of domestic dogs. Local authorities may still place restrictions or penalties on owners of dogs that have bitten or attacked people or other animals.
Government and Corporate Activism (HB 3)
This bill prevents state and local government pension plans and retirement funds from using environmental, social, and governance (ESG) scores to determine investments. Subjects financial institutions such as banks, credit unions, and finance lenders to administrative sanctions if they use ESG scores for private investments. Prohibits the division of bond finance from issuing bonds based on ESG, or contracting with rating agencies that use ESG scores in the issuing of bond ratings.