Jan. 11 Legislative Update
Interim committee meetings are underway, with the 2019 session scheduled to begin on March 5. The latest bill tracking report can be viewed here.
Among the bills being tracked are ones that would do the following:
fracking (SB 146).
this bill is identical to SB 462
which died in Senate Appropriations last session.
timing of impact fee collection as no earlier than building permit issuance
and amend minimum criteria for
impact fee (SB 144
and HB 207),
and allow prevailing party in a challenge to recover attorney fees (HB 207).
Note these bills are similar to SB 324
which died on the Senate calendar last session.
- Repeal provisions relating to governmental
entity’s establishment of recreational
customary use on portion of beach above the mean high-water line on private
property (SB 54). Note
that this bill repeals language adopted last session in HB 631,
- Prohibit commencing construction of certain
structures using state-financing in coastal areas without first conducting a sea level impact projection study (SB 78
and HB 169). Note these
bills are identical to SB 542
which died without being heard last session.
- Exempt certain housing trust funds from provisions allowing transfer to the
General Revenue Fund or Budget Stabilization Fund (SB 70). Note
that this bill is similar to SB 874
which died last year in the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on
Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development.
- Require local governments to post permit & inspection fee schedules
and building permit & inspection utilization reports on their websites (HB 127
and SB 142).
Note these bills are similar to HB 725
which was passed by the House last session but died in the Senate Community
- Prohibit local governments from regulating vegetable gardens on
residential properties (SB 82
and HB 145). Note
these bills are identical to SB
1776 which was passed by the Senate last session but died in
Messages to the House.
- Require local governments to adopt and enforce
certain requirements regarding fertilizers,
including adoption of the Model Ordinance for Florida-Friendly Fertilizer Use
on Urban Landscapes (HB 157).
- Require community
development districts to obtain a just valuation before acquiring certain
property (HB 151).
- Create an onsite
sewage treatment and disposal system data base and inspection program, and
require notice of such systems in property sales (HB 85
and SB 214).
Note these bills are similar to HB 285
which was passed by the House in 2017 but died in the Senate Environmental
Preservation and Conservation Committee.
- Revise funding and requirements related to the C-51 reservoir project (SB 92
and HB 95). Note
that these bills are similar to SB 992
which was passed by the Senate last year but died in Messages to the House.
- Provide appropriation and grant opportunities
for certain projects related to the
Indian River Lagoon (HB 141
and SB 216).
- Create the Northwest
Florida Rural Inland Affected Counties Recovery Fund, a long-term source
for funding, using specified monies from the BP settlement, for economic recovery
and enhancement in certain counties (HB 191).
Please contact the Chapter Office at email@example.com if you have any questions about a bill or would like a bill added to the tracking report.