Jan. 14 Legislative Reporter

The 2022 Legislative Session commenced on Jan. 11 and is scheduled to end on March 11. Governor DeSantis provided his State of the State address outlining his priorities for the session, including revamping elections law, boosting pay and providing bonuses for teachers, and providing gas tax breaks to motorists.
 

Approximately 3,500 bills have been filed to date. 

2022 Legislative Session

The 2022 Legislative Session convenes on Jan. 11, 2022 and is scheduled to end on March 11, 2022. Interim committee meetings began last week and will continue through the week of Nov. 29, 2021. A calendar of the important dates throughout the session can be viewed here.

APA Florida will provide information to our members throughout the session. Every Friday, a Bill Tracking Report and short update will be posted on the Legislative Page of the website. The Bill Tracking Report provides a link to bill language, identifies the actions taken on the bill by various committees, and identifies related bills. Additionally, the Legislative Reporter is periodically emailed to our members. This publication provides a short summary of individual bills and their amendments, identifies any action the Chapter is taking relative to that bill, and provides an updated bill tracking report. At the end of the session, the Chapter will prepare and distribute a summary of the major planning related bills passed by the Legislature. This summary will include a detailed summary of the bill provisions and will include a link to the enrolled bill language. This summary will also be posted on the Chapter website and be presented in a free webinar for members.

If you do not deal with legislative issues on a daily basis, the information you receive from us may be confusing. A number of materials are available at the Online Sunshine Information website to help you understand the legislative process and vocabulary:

            How An Idea Becomes A Bill (Senate Document)
            Glossary of Legislative Terms (Senate Document)
            Frequently Asked Questions (Senate Document)

If you are interested in looking at specific bill language, you can easily search for a bill using the Senate and House webpages. You can search by bill number, statutory references or subject. You can search for both House and Senate bills on either of these sites. You will also have access to filed amendments and staff reports. 

If you have a question related to a bill or want a bill added to  the Bill Tracking reports, simply email the Chapter Office at fapa@floridaplanning.org with the request.

Planners Month in the Districts

Our Legislative Policy Committee has identified a series of key issues to focus on for the 2022 Legislative Session.

https://florida.planning.org/policy-and-advocacy/legislative-platform/planners-month-in-the-districts/

 As shown on the flier below, these include:

  • Access to Jobs and Education
  • A Resilient and Healthy Florida
  • State and Local Partnerships for Attainable Housing
  • Local Authority for Land Use Planning

Now we’re asking our members to help deliver the message to our elected state leaders!