Jan. 18 Legislative Update
House and Senate Committees did not meet this week, but bills continue to be filed and assignments to committees of reference made. The latest bill tracking report, as of January 18, can be found here.
Of interest, bills were filed which would do the following:
- Require comprehensive plans to include a property rights element (HB 291).
Note that similar bills have been filed
since the 2014 session but have not passed.
- Authorize school
districts to levy up to 2.0 mills by supermajority vote (HB 215).
- Repeal provisions relating to state funding for sports facility
development by local government on property owned by local government (HB 233). Note
this bill is similar to SB 778
6005 which both died last year in their first committee of reference.
fracking (HB 239),
similar to SB 146
filed earlier this session.
constitutional provisions related to the Constitution Revision Commission (HJR
249, HB 251,
- Allow legislation
by initiative without legislative or gubernatorial approval (HJR
- Create the “Florida
Rural Job and Business Recovery Act” (SB 298). Note
this bill is similar to SB 990
which was died last year in its second committee of reference and HB
1415 which was not heard in committee.
- Amend public
meeting notice requirements and public comment provisions (HB 265).
Note that similar bills were filed in
2017 and 2018 but died without being heard in committee.
- Amend requirements and provisions related to the
operation of autonomous vehicles (HB 311).
Note this bill is similar to HB 353
and SB 712 which both died in committee last year.
- Revise criteria for determining and assigning
funding priorities for beach management
and erosion control projects and revise list of projects included as inlet
management projects (HB 325). Note
this bill is similar to SB 174
which was passed by the Senate last year but died in Messages to the House.
- Require that a referendum to adopt or amend a local discretionary sales surtax must
be held at a general election (SB 336). Note
this bill is similar to HB 317
which was passed by the House last year but died in Senate Community Affairs
- Prohibit local government from charging an
impact fee for the development or construction of affordable housing (SB 350).