April 17—  The LWVF has identified over 100 bills to monitor, track, support or oppose, and to keep you informed.

Our legislative advocate, Kelly Quintero, will be writing the Capitol Report every Friday during Session. All of this data is available to you by clicking here. Final update on May 16, 2017.

Take a look at the bills that we tracked for the 2017 Legislative Session below and see if they passed or failed:

EDUCATION

Bill No. Bill Description Position
SB 1280/HB 131 Removes mandatory retention of 3rd graders based on ELA assessment SUPPORT; DIED
HB 251/SB 696 General Charter Schools: Revises sponsor duties relating to charter school contracts, funding, & property; authorizes charter school to enter into certain financial arrangements & assign future payment of its funding; provides exception to requirement that district make timely payment & reimbursement to charter school; requires district to issue payment to charter school within specified period after receiving FEFP funds. OPPOSE; DIED
HB 293/SB 360 General Middle School Study: Requires that DOE conduct comprehensive study of states with nationally recognized high-performing middle schools in reading & mathematics; requires report to Governor, SBE & Legislature by specified time; provides for expiration. SUPPORT; PASSED
HB 303/SB 436 General Religious Expression in Public Schools: Prohibits school district from discriminating against students, parents, & school personnel on basis of religious viewpoints or expression; requires school district to adopt limited public forum policy & deliver disclaimer at school events; requires DOE to develop & publish model policy; requires district school board to adopt & implement model policy. OPPOSE; PASSED
SB 376 Charter School Funding; Authorizes school board to levy amounts for charter schools with requirements for funding. Prohibits charter schools from being eligible for funding allocation and addresses personal financial enrichment SUPPORT; DIED
HB 591/SB 808 General Maximum Class Size: Revises calculation of school district’s class size categorical allocation reduction to school average when maximum class size requirements are not met; provides exemption from reduction of school district’s class size categorical allocation for specified fiscal years if certain conditions are met. SUPPORT; DIED
SB 538 General Charter Schools; Requiring applicants for charter status to demonstrate that they meet certain needs that the local school district does not, or is unable to, meet; authorizing a charter school to share the results of innovative methods and best practices with the school district, etc. SUPPORT; DIED
SB 604 Education Funding; Authorizes school boards to levy specified amounts for charter schools; Providing that charter school capital outlay funding consists of shared local capital outlay and state funding as provided in the General Appropriations Act; Prohibits a charter school from being eligible for a funding allocation under certain circumstances SUPPORT; DIED
SB 1552/HB 7069 Florida Best and Brightest Teacher and Principal Scholar Award Program; Creating the Florida Best and Brightest Teacher and Principal Scholar Award Program to be administered by the Dept. of Education. OPPOSE; PASSED
SB 796 Charter Schools; Creates charter district and imposes a high-impact charter organization focused on low-income areas. Charter schools do not necessarily improve achievement in low-income areas. OPPOSE; DIED
SB 926/HB 773 K-12 Student Assessments; Requires Commissioner of Education to review specified college entrance exams to determine alignment with certain core curricular content in state standards; Revises provisions relating to K-12 student assessment SUPPORT; DIED
SB 964/HB 1249 Education Accountability; Requires an application and charter for a high school charter to require administration of a specified assessment for graduation purposes; Revises requirements for a standard high school diploma SUPPORT; DIED
HB 1197/SB 1690 General School Resource Officer Programs: Encourages school resource officer to be placed at each public school in district; authorizes part-time law enforcement officer to be school resource officer or school safety officer; provides requirements for funding certain school resource officers’ & school safety officers’ salaries. NEUTRAL; DIED
SB 1394 Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability; Requires a study of the district cost differential for each school district and provide recommendations. This will benefit smaller counties. SUPPORT; DIED
HB 5101 Revises provisions relating to Just Read, Florida! office, educational services in DOJ programs, supplemental academic instruction categorial fund, sparsity supplement, research-based reading instruction allocation, Florida digital classroom allocation & standard student attire incentive payments; Creates safe schools allocation OPPOSE; DIED
HB 5013 Revises provisions relating to charter school outlay funding, school district discretionary millage & Public Education Capital Outlay Debt Service Trust Fund OPPOSE; DIED
HB 5105 Revises provisions relating to school improvement plans, early warning systems, student intervention & support services, district-managed turnaround plans & charter school corrective actions; Creates “Schools of Hope”. OPPOSE; DIED


ELECTION LAW

HJR 1/SJR 482 Judicial Term Limits of 12 consecutive years. Applicable to Supreme Court Justices and District Court judges OPPOSE; DIED
HJR 51/SJR 270 Restoration of Civil Rights; Joint Resolution to amend the constitution to suspend or remit certain fines and forfeitures. Civil rights are restored and punishments may be commuted. SUPPORT; DIED
HB 53/SB 934 Restoration of Civil Rights; Automatically restores former felon’s civil rights SUPPORT; DIED
SJR 74  Restoration of Certain Felons’ Rights to Vote and Hold Office; Proposes amendment to the State Constitution to restore right to vote and hold office upon completion of sentence SUPPORT; DIED
SB 1098/ HB 121 Legislative Review of Judicial Ruling Declaring a Legislative Act Void; Creates a section in the State Constitution to provide for legislative review of judicial ruling declaring a legislative act void OPPOSE; DIED
SB 352/HB 953 Legislative Redistricting and Congressional Reapportionment OPPOSE; DIED
SB 774/ HB 41 Legislative Redistricting and Congressional Reapportionment; Creates an independent commission responsible for public hearings and prohibits lobbying SUPPORT; DIED
HJR 321/SJR 866 Increase Percentage of Electoral Votes Required to Approve Constitutional Amendment or Revision; Increases from 60% to 66.6% OPPOSE; DIED
 SB 544/HB 105 Vote-by-mail ballots; Requires a Supervisor of Elections to allow submission of an affidavit to cure signature discrepancies on a VBM SUPPORT; DIED
HB 105/SB 954 Vote-by-mail ballots; Requires a Supervisor of Elections to notify each elector whose VBM ballot was rejected as illegal and requires Supervisors to make good faith effort to notify elector within a time frame SUPPORT; DIED
SB 1070/HB 707 Requires the Secretary of State to enter into certain agreements with other states to maintain the statewide voter registration system SUPPORT; DIED
SB 1072/HB 709 Public Records/Voter Registration Information; Specifies that certain voter registration information and data from another state obtained by the Secretary of State, which is confidential under the laws of such state, is confidential and exempt from public records requirements; Exempts pre-registered voters of 16 or 17 years of age from having their voter registration information as public SUPPORT; DIED
HJR 7001 State Officers Post-Service Personal Representation Prohibitions; Proposes a constitutional amendment to prohibit legislators and statewide elected officers from personally representing another person or entity for compensation before any state government body for six years following vacation of office. SUPPORT; DIED
HB 7003 State Officer Post-Service Lobbying Prohibitions; Prohibits legislators and statewide elected officers from personally representing another person or entity for compensation before any state government body or state agency other than judicial tribunals; Removes prohibition on former legislators from acting as lobbyists before an executive branch agency following vacation of office SUPPORT; DIED
HB 7021 Local Government Ethics Reform; Requires all Florida municipal elected officials and those from special districts to complete ethics training; If municipality has a revenue of more than $5 million, they must file a full and public disclosure of their financial interest in lieu of less detailed form of disclosure; Requires local officers to abstain from voting if they have a conflict of interest and requires them to disclose the conflict prior to participating; Requires local government lobbyists to register with the Commission on Ethics SUPPORT; DIED
SB 72 Voter Registration; Providing that driver license or identification card applications, driver license or identification card renewal applications, and changes of address for existing driver licenses or identification cards submitted to the department serve as voter registration applications; specifying that an applicant must consent to the use of his or her signature for voter registration purposes; providing for paper-based applications, etc. SUPPORT; DIED
SB 80

 

Public Records; Requiring a complainant to timely provide written notice of a public records request in order to be entitled to the reasonable costs of enforcement, including attorney fees, in certain civil actions for enforcement of ch. 119, F.S.; specifying factors for a court to consider in determining whether an agency unlawfully refused to permit a public record to be inspected or copied, etc. SUPPORT; PASSED
HB 117/SB 426 Requires certain entities responsible for election certification to conduct audit of voting systems before certifying election; requires entities to certify election immediately following completion of audit. SUPPORT; DIED
HB 177 / SB 848 Revises requirement for suspension of civil rights to apply to persons convicted of certain felonies. SUPPORT; DIED
SB 242/HB 311 Presidential Elections; Establishing the Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote; requiring a statewide popular election for President and Vice President of the United States; establishing a procedure for appointing presidential electors in member states, etc. SUPPORT; DIED
HB 349/SB 1332 Joint Resolution Legislation by InitiativeProposes amendment to State Constitution to allow proposal of laws by initiative without legislative or gubernatorial approval; prescribe requirements for subject matter, proposal, & approval of such initiatives; require extraordinary vote of each house of Legislature to amend or repeal laws approved by voters; require Legislature to adopt procedures for initiatives; provide for Supreme Court review of initiative petitions; require ballot statements for such initiatives to include statement of economic impact. SUPPORT; DIED
SJR 882/HJR 811 Election of Secretary of State/Membership of Cabinet; Proposing amendments to the to provide for the election of the Secretary of State and his or her inclusion as a member of the Cabinet, etc. NEUTRAL; DIED
HB 445/SB 862 Public Records Pub. Rec./Voters and Voter Registration: Revises provisions & reenacts provisions relating to public records exemption for information regarding voters & voter registration; provides exemption from public records requirements for information concerning minor preregistered voter registration applicants; provides for future legislative review & repeal; provides for retroactive application; provides statement of public necessity. SUPPORT; DIED
HJR 565/SJR 1266 Joint Resolution Automatic Restoration of Felons’ Voting Rights: Proposes amendment to State Constitution to automatically restore voting rights of convicted felon 3 years after person completes his or her sentence. SUPPORT; DIED
SB 598/HB 105 General Elections; Revising a reference to the deadline for a person who cast a provisional ballot to present evidence verifying authenticity of certain information in a voter registration application, to conform; requiring the supervisor to allow a person who voted a provisional ballot to present identification and submit an affidavit to cure an unsigned Provisional Ballot Voter’s Certificate and Affirmation or a provisional ballot rejected due to a signature discrepancy; requiring the supervisor to allow submission of an affidavit to cure signature discrepancies on a vote-by-mail ballot, etc. SUPPORT; PASSED
HB 733 General Elections: Extends timeframe for which person who cast provisional ballot may present written evidence supporting his or her eligibility to vote; requires supervisor to provide certain notification to person whose provisional ballot was rejected; requires supervisor of elections to allow person who voted provisional ballot to present identification & submit affidavit to cure unsigned Provisional Ballot Voter’s Certificate & Affirmation or provisional ballot rejected due to signature discrepancy; prescribes form & content of affidavit; provides instructions to accompany each affidavit; requires affidavit, instructions, & supervisor’s contact information to be posted on specified websites; requires supervisor to attach received affidavit to corresponding provisional ballot envelope; requires supervisor to allow submission of affidavit to cure signature discrepancies on vote-by-mail ballot. SUPPORT; DIED
SB 1160 General Elections; Requiring a candidate to provide a money order or cashier’s check drawn upon his or her campaign account to the filing officer if not qualifying by petition; prohibiting an elected official from being designated as a poll watcher; modifying and clarifying provisions governing the canvassing of vote-by-mail ballots, etc. SUPPORT; DIED
HB 7023 General Trust Funds/Creation/Local Government Lobbyist Registration Trust Fund: Creates Local Government Lobbyist Registration Trust Fund within Commission on Ethics; provides for purpose of trust fund & source of funds; provides exemption from service charges; provides for future legislative review & termination or re-creation of trust fund; provides contingent effective date. SUPPORT; DIED
HB 521/SB 726 General Vote-by-Mail ballots: Authorizes absent elector to personally deliver his or her vote-by-mail ballot to early voting site by during specified hours; requires Division of Elections to adopt rules SUPPORT; DIED

GUN SAFETY

SB 128/HB 245 Self-Defense Immunity; Places the burden of proof on the state OPPOSE; PASSED
SB 254/ HB 1409 Assault Weapons and High Capacity Magazines; Bans the sale or transfer of assault weapons or large capacity ammunition magazines SUPPORT; DIED
SB 610/HB 819 Firearms; Requires a business, organization or entity that prohibits a concealed weapon or firearm licensee from carrying a weapon or firearm onto its property to assume certain responsibility for the safety and defense of such licensee OPPOSE; DIED
SB 616 Authorizing a concealed weapons or concealed firearms licensee to temporarily surrender a weapon or firearm if the licensee approaches courthouse security or management personnel upon arrival OPPOSE; DIED
SB 618/HB 6001 Concealed Weapons and Firearms; Permits airport carry OPPOSE; DIED
SB 622 Concealed Weapons and Firearms; Prohibits a concealed weapons or concealed firearms licensee from carrying a concealed weapon or firearm into any athletic event for a K-12 school, college or university not related to firearms; Deletes exception authorizing student, employee or faculty licensee to carry specified nonlethal weapons OPPOSE; DIED
SB 626 Concealed Weapons and Firearms; Authorizes a concealed weapons or concealed firearms licensee to carry a concealed weapon or firearm into any meeting of the governing body of a county, public school district, municipality or special district NEUTRAL; DIED
SB 644 Openly Carrying a Handgun; Authorizes open carry OPPOSE; DIED
SB 646/HB 779 Weapons And Firearms; Providing that a person licensed to carry a concealed weapon or firearm who is lawfully carrying a firearm does not violate certain provisions if the firearm is temporarily and openly displayed; authorizing each member of the Florida Cabinet to carry a concealed weapon or firearm if he or she is licensed to carry a concealed weapon or firearm and does not have full-time security provided by the Department of Law Enforcement, etc. OPPOSE; DIED
SB 1052/ HB 677 Justifiable Use of Force; Specifies person who is attacked or threatened with use of force in dwelling, residence or vehicle in which person has right to be has no duty to retreat and has right to stand their group by using or threatening to use force upon reasonable belief of necessity to prevent imminent death, great bodily harm or forcible felony OPPOSE; PASSED
SB 908/ HB 803 Licenses to concealed carry weapons or firearms; permits concealed carry everywhere OPPOSE; DIED
SB 1196/ HB 809 Firearm Purchases; Requires FDLE to include questions concerning potential firearm buyer’s criminal history or other information relating to a person’s eligibility to make purchase on stand form for potential buyers SUPPORT; DIED
SB 142/ HB 835 Relating to Safe Storage of Loaded Firearms; Revises locations and circumstances in which loaded firearm is required to be kept or secured with trigger lock; Removes provisions relating to conditions for committing crime of failing to safely store, leave or secure loaded firearm in specified manner SUPPORT; DIED
SB 1330/ HB 849 Weapons and Firearms; Revises provisions prohibiting possession and discharge or weapons or firearms on school property or during school-sanctioned activities OPPOSE; DIED
SB 648/ HB 957 Weapons and Firearms; Increases penalties for person who exhibits weapons in certain way in presence of one or more person on or near school; Increases penalties for person who stores or leaves loaded firearm within reach of minor who commits specified violations; Increases penalties for person who discharges weapon or firearm in violation of specified provision or fails to store or leave firearm in specified manner SUPPORT; DIED
SB 1506/ HB 1103 Domestic Violence; Prohibits persons subject to temporary injunctions against specified forms of violence from possessing firearms or ammunition; Requires law enforcement officer to take temporary custody of firearms at scene of domestic violence, stalking or cyberstalking, or repeat violence, dating violence, specifies that texting violates protective order SUPPORT; DIED
SB 1334/ HB 1113 Sale and delivery of firearms; requires parties, if neither party to firearm transaction is licensed dealer, to complete transaction through licensed dealer; expands background checks SUPPORT; DIED
SB 1248/ HB 6013 Breach of Peace; Deletes provisions that provide criminal penalties for certain conduct constituting a breach of the peace NEUTRAL; DIED
SB 1322/ HB 171 Firearm Violence Awareness Month; Urges Congress to designate September 2017 as “Firearm Violence Awareness Month” SUPPORT; DIED
HB 6005 Licenses to Concealed Carry Weapon or Firearm; Permits Campus Carry OPPOSE; DIED
HB 6039 Licenses to Concealed Carry Weapon or Firearm; Deletes provisions prohibiting concealed carry licensees from openly carrying handgun or carrying concealed weapon or firearm into specified public meetings or into career centers OPPOSE; DIED
HJR 291/SJR 912 Joint Resolution Exempting Law Enforcement Officers from Handgun Purchase Waiting Period: Proposes amendments to s. 8, Art. I & s. 5, Art. VIII of State Constitution to exempt law enforcement officers from 3-day waiting period for handgun purchases & under any county ordinance requiring waiting period. OPPOSE; DIED
SJR 910/HJR 291 Joint Resolution Exempting Law Enforcement Officers from the Waiting Period for Handgun Purchases; Proposing amendments to the State Constitution to exempt law enforcement officers from the 3-day waiting period for handgun purchases under state law and under any county ordinance requiring a waiting period for handgun purchases, etc. NEUTRAL; DIED
HB 809/SB 1196 General Firearm Purchases: Requires FDLE to include questions concerning potential firearm buyer’s criminal history or other information relating to person’s eligibility to make purchase on standard form for potential buyers; requires FDLE to notify law enforcement officials when potential sale or transfer receives non-approval number; provides requirements for such notice. SUPPORT; DIED
HB 941/SB 1584 General Reclassification of Offenses Involving Certain Firearms or Additional Firearm Magazines: Provides for reclassification of offenses committed while in possession of firearm or weapon capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition or in possession of firearm & more than one magazine for firearm. SUPPORT; DIED
SB 956/HB 1355 General Concealed Weapons or Concealed Firearms; Requiring the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to issue a license if, in addition to other specified criteria, the applicant has undergone a mental health evaluation conducted by certain licensed professionals and has been determined to be competent, etc NEUTRAL; DIED
HB 1197/SB 1690 General School Resource Officer Programs: Encourages school resource officer to be placed at each public school in district; authorizes part-time law enforcement officer to be school resource officer or school safety officer; provides requirements for funding certain school resource officers’ & school safety officers’ salaries. NEUTRAL; DIED
SB 1510 General Crime Reports; Requiring the Criminal Justice Information Program to submit an annual report to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, etc. NEUTRAL; DIED
SB 1518/HB 6033 General Medical Privacy Concerning Firearms; Deleting a provision preventing a health care practitioner or facility from entering disclosed information concerning patient firearm ownership into a patient’s medical record under certain circumstances; deleting a provision preventing a health care practitioner or facility from making a written inquiry or asking questions concerning a patient’s ownership of firearms or ammunition under certain circumstances; conforming provisions in the Florida Patient’s Bill of Rights and Responsibilities to changes made by the act, etc. SUPPORT; DIED

 

HEALTHCARE

HB 19/ SB 1140 Termination of Pregnancies; Allows patients to sue providers for “emotional distress” up to four years post-procedure. Perpetuates rhetoric that women regret abortions. OPPOSE; DIED
SB 348/ HB 203 Termination of Pregnancies; “Florida Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act”; Prohibits attempt or performance or induce of abortion in certain circumstances OPPOSE; DIED
HB 841/SB 1006 General Humanity of the Unborn Child: Requires DOH to develop & annually update electronic form containing certain information to assist expectant mothers; requires DOH to develop & distribute certain educational & informational materials & provide technical assistance to community-based organizations; provides requirements for certain facilities offering obstetrical & birth control services; requires DOE, in collaboration with DOH, to develop instructional program for public school students; requires DOH to submit annual report to Governor & Legislature. OPPOSE; DIED

 

NATURAL RESOURCES

SB 10/HB 761 Water Resources; Uses Florida Forever funds for Water Management district when they receive funding SUPPORT; SIGNED INTO LAW
HB 17 Local Regulation Preemption; Prohibits local governments from imposing or adoption certain regulations on businesses, professions & occupations OPPOSE; DIED
HB 35 Well Stimulation; Prohibits well stimulation treatments for exploration or production of oil or natural gas SUPPORT; DIED
SB 90 Renewable Energy Source Devices; Prohibits consideration of just value of property attributable to a renewable energy source device to determine value of any real property; Exempts renewable energy source device from TPP SUPPORT; DIED
SB 98 Well Stimulation; Stop Fracking Act; Prohibits persons from engaging in extreme well stimulation SUPPORT
SJR 108 Well Stimulation; Establish public policy against types of well stimulation to protect the state’s water resources and prohibit extreme well stimulation SUPPORT
SB 112/ HB 613 Flood Hazard Mitigation; Uses Amendment 1 funds for Flood Hazard OPPOSE; DIED
SB 198/ HB 861 Environmental Regulation Commission; Requires Governor to make appointments to Commission within a certain time frame SUPPORT; DIED
HB 761 General Water Resources: Revises requirements for issuance of certain bonds; provides for reservoir project in Everglades Agricultural Area; requires South Florida Water Management District to seek out specified property & coordinate with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; provides project requirements; provides contingent appropriations. NEUTRAL; DIED
SB 230/ HB 587 Nonnative Animals; Directs FWCC with DEP to establish a pilot program for eradication of specific species OPPOSE; DIED
SB 442/ HB 451 Advanced Well Stimulation Treatment; Prohibits performance of advanced well stimulation treatments; clarifies that permits for drilling or operating wells does not authorize performance of advanced well treatments SUPPORT; DIED
SB 456/HB 1251 Public Utilities;  Exempts certain producers of renewable solar-based energy from being defined as a public utility SUPPORT; DIED
SB 1304/ HB 491 Florida Black Bears; Requires FWCC, DACS & DEP to coordinate certain duties and responsibilities to protect Florida black bears and to preserve their habitat; Establishes Bear-Resistant Garbage Container Account within the Nongame Wildlife Trust Fund to aid local governments in purchasing the containers: Prohibits certain activities in bear habitats SUPPORT; DIED
SB 1082/ HB 663 Implementation of Water and Land Conservation Constitutional Amendment; Requires minimum specified percentage of funds within Land Acquisition Trust Fund to be appropriated to DEP for specified water supply, water restoration and water resource development projects; Requires distribution to be reduced by amount equal to debt service paid on certain bonds; Uses 12.5% of Land Acquisition Trust Fund for Water Supply OPPOSE; DIED
SB 1378/ HB 751 Stormwater Management; Requires local governments to adopt specified management practices and measures; Provides that such practices and measure comply with certain water quality standards OPPOSE; DIED
SB 816/HB 1211 Central & Southern Florida Project for Flood Control and Other Purposes; Directs SFWMD to control discharges from Lake Okeechobee and take leadership in rehabilitation of Herbert Hoover Dike; Uses Land Acquisition Trust Fund to reinforce Hoover Dike OPPOSE; DIED
HB 847/ SB 234 Implementation of Water and Land Conservation Constitutional Amendment; Requires specified funds with Land Acquisition Trust Fund appropriation for restoration projects related to St. Johns Rivers and tributaries or Keystone Lake Region; Authorizes funds for certain land management and acquisition OPPOSE; DIED
SB 982/ HB 1033  Implementation of Water and Land Conservation Constitutional Amendment; Requires a specific appropriation for certain projects related to the Indian River Lagoon system; Requires the distribution to be reduced by an amount equal to the debt service paid on certain bonds OPPOSE; DIED
SB 996/HB 997  Administrative Proceedings; Requires award of attorney fees and costs to prevailing party in specified administrative proceedings; Requiring an administrative law judge to conduct a hearing and issue final order on application OPPOSE; DIED
HB 7119 Revising the distribution of proceeds from the Florida Forever Trust Fund; Eliminating and consolidating funding for certain land acquisition and management programs; Requiring a specified amount of funds in the Land Acquisition Trust Fund within the Department of Environmental Protection to be appropriated annually each fiscal year to the Florida Forever Trust Fund. SUPPORT

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