Legislative Update – July 1, 2020

Yesterday Governor DeSantis signed 19 bills and vetoed two bills.  SB 410, which APA Florida opposed, was one of the bills vetoed – click here to read his veto letter. 

There are approximately 26 enrolled bills that have not been presented to Governor DeSantis.  You can see the status of all enrolled bills here.

According to Lobbytools, 130 bills from the 2020 regular legislative session take effect today, July 1, 2020.  For a list of those bills, click here

Please contact the chapter office if you have any questions.


Legislative Update – June 24 2020

Governor DeSantis signed 23 bills into law on June 23, including:

  • HB 1009 – Special Neighborhood Improvement Districts (effective July 1)
  • HB 1039 - Transportation Network Companies (effective upon becoming law)
  • SB 1466 - Government Accountability (effective July 1 except as otherwise provided)

There are currently 73 bills on the governor’s desk and 26 bills still waiting presentation. Please click here to view the status of the enrolled bills.  Remember you can follow the governor’s actions by going to flgov.com  and clicking on the ‘2020 Bill Actions” icon on the right side of the page.


Legislative Update – June 22

Governor DeSantis signed 21 bills into law on Saturday, including HB 971 related to electric bicycles and SB 1066 dealing with impact fees.  Both these bills take effect on July 1.

There are currently 96 bills on the governor’s desk and 26 bills still waiting presentation. Please click here to view the status of the enrolled bills.  Remember you can follow the governor’s actions by going to flgov.com  and clicking on the ‘2020 Bill Actions” icon on the right side of the page.


Legislative Update - June 17

SB 410 Submitted to Governor DeSantis

SB 410, the controversial growth management bill, has been submitted to Governor DeSantis for his action.  His deadline is June 30. 

On April 2, APA Florida sent a letter (pdf download) to Governor DeSantis outlining serious concerns with SB 410, and requesting a gubernatorial veto.  This bill, if becoming law, will preempt and erode the authority of local government to effectively plan for their communities.        

If you would like to add your voice to the veto request, now is the time.  You can reach Governor DeSantis in the following ways:

The following bills that APA Florida was tracking have also been submitted to Governor DeSantis for action:       

HB 73 - Environmental Regulation (Rep. Overdorf); Specifies requirements for contracts between residential recycling collectors or recovered materials processing facilities & counties or municipalities for collecting, transporting, & processing residential recycling material & contaminated recyclable material; prohibits local governments from requiring further verification from DEP for certain projects; revises types of dock & pier replacements & repairs that are exempt from such verification & certain permitting requirements. Effective Date: July 1, 2020.  Actions: Governor must act on this bill by 06/18/20.

SB 178 - Public Financing of Construction Projects (Sen. Rodriguez (J)):  Prohibiting state-financed constructors from commencing construction of certain structures in coastal areas after a specified date without first taking certain steps regarding a sea level impact projection study; requiring the Department of Environmental Protection to develop by rule a standard for such studies; providing that such rule operates prospectively on projects that have not yet commenced as of the finalization of the rule, etc. Effective Date: Except as otherwise expressly provided in this act, this act shall take effect July 1, 2020 .   Actions: Governor must act on this bill by 06/30/20.

SB 410 - Growth Management (Sen. Perry):  Prohibiting counties from adopting, after a specified date, a comprehensive plan, a land development regulation, or another form of restriction unless certain conditions are met; requiring the Department of Economic Opportunity to give a preference to certain counties and municipalities when selecting applications for funding for specified technical assistance; requiring local governments to include a property rights element in their comprehensive plans; providing that certain property owners are not required to consent to development agreement changes under certain circumstances, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2020.  Actions: Governor must act on this bill by 06/30/20.

SB 426 - Economic Development (Sen. Montford): Revising the responsibilities of divisions within the Department of Economic Opportunity; specifying that the concept of building the professional capacity of a regional economic development organization includes the hiring of professional staff to perform specified services; revising the maximum percentage of total infrastructure project costs for which the department may award grants; replacing CareerSource Florida, Inc., with the state board or the department in provisions relating to the implementation of the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2020.  Actions: Governor must act on this bill by 06/18/20.

SB 712 - Environmental Resource Management (Sen. Mayfield): Citing this act as the “Clean Waterways Act”; requiring the Department of Health to provide a specified report to the Governor and the Legislature by a specified date; requiring the Department of Health and the Department of Environmental Protection to submit to the Governor and the Legislature, by a specified date, certain recommendations relating to the transfer of the Onsite Sewage Program; directing water management districts to submit consolidated annual reports to the Office of Economic and Demographic Research; removing provisions requiring certain onsite sewage treatment and disposal system research projects to be approved by a Department of Health technical review and advisory panel, etc. Effective Date: Except as otherwise expressly provided in this act, this act shall take effect July 1, 2020.  Actions: Governor must act on this bill by 06/30/20.

HB 971 - Electric Bicycles (Rep. Grant): Provides for rights & privileges of electric bicycles & operators; provides that electric bicycles are vehicles to same extent as bicycles; exempts electric bicycles & operators from specified provisions; requires labeling of electric bicycles; requires electric bicycles to comply with specified provisions & operate in certain manner; authorizes operators to ride electric bicycles where bicycles are allowed. Effective Date: July 1, 2020.   Actions: Governor must act on this bill by 06/26/20.

HB 1009 - Special Neighborhood Improvement Districts (Rep. Newton): Revises number of directors allowed for boards of special neighborhood improvement districts; requires local planning ordinances to specify number of directors & provide for 4-year staggered terms; requires that directors be landowners in proposed area & be subject to certain taxation. Effective Date: July 1, 2020.  Actions: Governor must act on this bill by 06/30/20.

HB 1039 - Transportation Network Companies (Rep. Rommel): Removes for-hire vehicles from list of vehicles that are not considered transportation network carriers or are not exempt from certain registration; provides insurance maintained by TNC vehicle owners may satisfy required insurance coverages; authorizes TNC drivers to contract with companies to install TNC digital advertising devices on TNC vehicles; provides immunity from certain liability for TNC drivers, TNC vehicle owners, owners & operators of TNC digital advertising devices, & certain TNCs; authorizes entities to elect to be regulated as luxury ground TNCs by notifying DFS; provides for preemption over local law on governance of luxury ground TNCs, luxury ground TNC drivers, & luxury ground TNC vehicles; provides that TNCs are not liable for certain harm to persons or property if certain conditions are met. Effective Date: upon becoming a law.  Actions: Governor must act on this bill by 07/01/20.

SB 1066 - Impact Fees (Sen. Gruters):  Prohibiting new or increased impact fees from applying to certain applications; providing that impact fee credits are assignable and transferable under certain conditions, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2020.   Actions: Governor must act on this bill by 06/26/20.

SB 1398 - Community Planning (Sen. Flores):  Providing requirements for establishing a quorum for meetings of certain councils when a voting member appears via telephone, real-time videoconferencing, or similar real-time electronic or video communication; requiring the member to give notice of intent to appear via telephone, real-time videoconferencing, or similar real-time electronic or video communication by a specified time; requiring the Department of Economic Opportunity to give a preference to certain counties and municipalities when selecting applications for funding for technical assistance, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2020.  Actions: Governor must act on this bill by 06/30/20.

SB 1466 - Government Accountability (Sen. Baxley):  Specifying conditions under which board members and public employees of special districts do not abuse their public positions; revising the list of items required to be included on the websites of special districts; specifying conditions under which board members and public employees of community development districts do not abuse their public positions, etc. Effective Date: Except as otherwise expressly provided in this act, this act shall take effect July 1, 2020.  Actions: Governor must act on this bill by 06/30/20.

Additionally, the following bills have been signed into law by Governor DeSantis:           

SB 716  - County Boundaries (Sen. Mayfield): Revising county boundaries, etc. Effective Date: Upon becoming a law.  Actions: 06/09/20 Approved by Governor.

HB 969 - Broadband Internet Service (Rep. Drake): Authorizes certain funds within State Transportation Trust Fund to be used for certain broadband infrastructure projects within or adjacent to multiuse corridors; requires DOT to give priority to certain projects; designates DEO as lead state agency to facilitate expansion of broadband Internet service; requires DEO to work with certain entities; creates Florida Office of Broadband in DEO; provides purpose & duties of office. Effective Date: July 1, 2020.  Actions: 06/09/20 Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2020-026.

HB 1339  - Community Affairs (Rep. Yarborough):   Authorizing a board of county commissioners to approve development of affordable housing on any parcel zoned for residential, commercial, or industrial use; revising the information that the county budget officer must submit to the Office of Economic and Demographic Research regarding the final budget and the county's economic status; amending the Florida Interlocal Cooperation Act of 1969 to authorize private entities to enter into specified loan agreements, etc. Effective Date: July 1, 2020.  Actions: 06/09/20 Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2020-027.

SB 1714 - Sale of Surplus State-owned Office Buildings and Associated Nonconservation Lands (Sen. Bradley):  Revising the purpose of the Architects Incidental Trust Fund; requiring funds relating to the sale of surplus state-owned office buildings and associated nonconservation lands to be used for certain purposes; revising the entities that the Board of Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund must offer a lease to before offering certain surplus lands for sale to other specified entities, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2020.  Actions: 06/09/20 Approved by Governor.

SB 1794 - Constitutional Amendments (Sen. Hutson):  Increasing the signature threshold at which the Secretary of State must transmit initiative petitions to the Attorney General for review; providing that a citizen may challenge in circuit court a petition circulator’s registration with the Secretary of State; authorizing the Division of Elections or a supervisor of elections to provide petition forms in a certain electronic format; requiring that ballots containing constitutional amendments proposed by initiative include certain disclosures and statements, in a specified order, etc. Effective Date: Upon becoming a law.  Actions: 04/08/20 Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2020-015.

SB 7018  - Essential State Infrastructure (Senate Infrastructure and Security):  Authorizing the Department of Transportation to plan, design, and construct staging areas as part of the turnpike system for the intended purpose of staging supplies for prompt provision of assistance to the public in a declared state of emergency; requiring the department to coordinate, develop, and recommend a master plan for the development of electric vehicle charging station infrastructure along the State Highway System; providing construction relating to the rights of an owner of land that has been traditionally used for agriculture and is subject to a conservation easement, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2020.  Actions: 06/09/20 Approved by Governor.


Legislative Update – May 27, 2020

After the legislative session ended in March, it was recognized that Governor DeSantis had to focus on Florida’s response to COVID-19 and the Florida Legislature waited to submit enrolled bills to him for action.  The submittal of bills is now resuming. 

Please continue to check this page for updates.  If you want to directly follow Governor DeSantis’s bill actions, go to flgov.com and click on the icon reading “2020 Bill Actions”.

Of note, the following bills that APA Florida was tracking were recently submitted to the Governor’s Office:

SB 716 - County Boundaries (Sen. Mayfield):  alters the boundary lines of Indian River County and St. Lucie County.  Effective Date: Upon becoming lawActions: Governor must act on this bill by June 10.


HB 969 - Broadband Internet Service (Rep. Drake):  creates the Florida Office of Broadband within DEO’s Division of Community Development for purposes of developing, marketing, and promoting broadband Internet service in the state. Effective Date:  July 1,2020. Actions: Governor must act on this bill by June 10.


HB 1339 - Community Affairs (Rep. Yarborough): addresses several affordable housing related issues and programs, including authorizing local governments to approve the development of affordable housing on any parcel zoned for residential, commercial or industrial use. Effective Date: July 1, 2020Actions:  Governor must act on this bill by June 10.


SB 1714 - Sale of Surplus State-owned Office Buildings and Associated Nonconservation Lands (Sen. Bradley):  provides that funds received through the sale of surplus state-owned office buildings and associated nonconservation lands are deposited into the Architects Incidental Trust Fund as opposed to the Internal Improvement Trust Fund, and must be used for the acquisition, lease, planning, entitlement, design, permitting, construction, or maintenance of state-owned office buildings. Effective Date:  July 1, 2020Actions:  Governor must act on this bill by June 10.


SB 7018 - Essential State Infrastructure (Senate Infrastructure and Security Committee): provides that any utility permit application required by a county or municipality having jurisdiction and control of the right-of-way of any public road must be processed and acted upon within the expedited time frames of the “Advanced Wireless Infrastructure Deployment Act,” s. 337.401(7)(d)7.,8., and 9., F.S. Effective DateJuly 1, 2020. ActionsGovernor must act on this bill by June 10.

 


APA Florida Requests Veto of SB 410

On April 2, APA Florida sent a letter (pdf download) to Governor DeSantis outlining serious concerns with SB 410, and requesting  a gubernatorial veto.  This bill, if becoming law, will preempt and erode the authority of local government to effectively plan for their communities.         

If you would like to add your voice, you can reach Governor DeSantis in the following ways:


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