Legislative Reporter: Feb. 16, 2024

There are three weeks remaining in the legislative session, with March 8 scheduled as the last day.

APA Florida Updates During the 2024 Legislative Session

The 2024 Legislative Session convened on Jan. 9, 2024, and is scheduled to end on March 8, 2024. A calendar of the important dates throughout the session can be viewed here.

APA Florida will provide information to our members throughout the session. A Bill Tracking Report and short update will be posted on the Legislative Page of the website each Friday. The Bill Tracking Report provides a link to bill language, identifies the actions taken on the bill by various committees, and identifies related bills. If at any point there is a bill that you would like to add to this tracking report or you have a question related to a bill, simply email the Executive Director, Stefanie Svisco, at ssvisco@floridaplanning.org with the request. Additionally, the weekly Legislative Reporter will be 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 daily, 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.

Committee meetings and legislative sessions can be viewed live on the Florida Channel. They are also recorded and can be viewed after the fact either on that channel or via the specific committee webpage.