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  • Florida Chamber Weekly Legislative Update: Week 4

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    March 26, 2021
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    2021 Weekly Legislative Update
    Week 4: March 26, 2021
     
     
    COVID Liability Protections Legislation Sent to Governor
     
    For over a year now, the Florida Chamber has been advocating for commonsense COVID liability protections so predatory plaintiff lawyers could not take advantage of this once-in-a-century pandemic to inundate Florida businesses with frivolous, gotcha lawsuits. Today, Chamber-backed COVID liability protections legislation became the very first bill of the 2021 legislative session passed by both bodies of the Legislature and sent to the Governor. Championed by Senator Jeff Brandes and Representatives Lawrence McClure and Colleen Burton, SB 72 provides liability protections for businesses, educational institutions, and health care facilities that have substantially complied with governmental health and safety guidelines to keep employees, customers, and patients safe. SB 72 is retroactive to the start of the pandemic, unless a lawsuit has already been filed, and creates heightened standards for litigation to proceed and a business to be held liable. This very important bill will be heading to Governor Ron DeSantis, who has already indicated his willingness to sign it into law.
     
     
     
    Senate Passes Main St. Fairness Bill; Takes Steps to Avoid $713M Tax Increase on Employers
    
    The Florida Senate passed SB 50, which levels the playing fields between local, brick and mortar Florida businesses and out-of-state online retailers, and offsets a looming $713 million tax increase with revenue that has always been due, but that will finally be collected, from a sales tax on online sales. Florida and Missouri are the only two states that have not passed economic nexus legislation following the Wayfair U.S. Supreme Court decision, however the Florida Chamber has been fighting to modernize Florida’s tax laws for nearly two decades. The bill by Senator Joe Gruters  is the result of an announcement made earlier this month Senate President Wilton Simpson and House Speaker Chris Sprowls. SB 50 is not a new tax on Floridians, but instead shifts the burden to the business to collect and remit the tax instead of the consumer. At the start of session, the Florida Chamber led the business community in a sign on letter to the Governor, President and Speaker asking for relief from an automatic $713 million tax increase that was to come due in April and May. This action taken to backfill the trust fund over the next several years, barring any additional black swan events, is a creative solution that combines two of the Florida Chamber’s top priorities this legislative session and ensures that job creators will be held harmless from massive unemployment tax increases resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic as they seek to accelerate Florida’s economic recovery. 
     
     
     
    Budget Rollouts Begin in Legislature
    
    This week also marked the start of the budget process for the 2021 Legislative Session. In a noteworthy joint press conference, both presiding officers announced a plan to increase environmental and infrastructure funding through shifting roughly two-thirds of the documentary stamp revenue that currently is earmarked for the Sadowski Housing Trust Fund. The bill dedicates the remaining third of those funds, totaling roughly $141.1 million, to affordable housing and protects that portion from being swept into general revenue. On the Senate side, Chair Ben Albritton released their environmental budget, which includes $786 million for water quality and quantity programs, including significant investments in the Everglades. The Florida Legislature is required to pass a balanced budget every year, and so far both the House and the Senate budgets have not contemplated federal dollars from the COVID stimulus package passed by Congress earlier this month. We will keep you informed as this process unfolds over the coming weeks.
     
     
     
    Did You Know 829,342 Florida Children Live in Poverty?
    
    In many ways, Florida is moving in the right direction. If Florida were an independent country, Florida would have the 17th largest economy in the world. Until the pandemic stalled our global economy, Florida was creating one of out every 11 jobs in the United States. Florida is the third-most populous state in the nation and welcomes over 800 net new residents each day.
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    For many, this is the Florida they live in – one that is prosperous, creates jobs, and propels economic opportunity. Yet, many Floridians live in a very different reality. Over 20% of children in our state, more than 800,000, live in poverty. Florida has led the way in economic growth and opportunity. We can and must do more to break the cycle of generational poverty by focusing on creating opportunities for all Floridians, especially those born into poverty. That is why the Florida Chamber of Commerce supports SB 414 and HB 1349, sponsored by Senator Keith Perry and Representative Vance Aloupis, both of which advanced through committees in each chamber this week. These bills, which require new analysis of several governmental support programs, will help root out fiscal cliffs that can be detrimental to working families. Building a pathway to prosperity for every Floridian that is willing to work for it isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution, but instead, requires an understanding of the root causes of those fiscal cliffs and how they interact. The business impacts of poverty, the ten root causes of generational poverty, and ways businesses can get involved in creating a pathway to prosperity for all Floridians down to the zip code level will be topics of discuss at the Florida Chamber Foundation’s recently announced Prosperity & Economic Opportunity Solutions Summit on May 26th in Sarasota.
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Data Privacy Legislation Continues Moving
     
    Amongst the most watched legislation this session is the data privacy bills, SB 1734 and HB 969. Both bills had hearings this week and passed with near unanimous support from legislative members. These bills contain a private right of action and impact companies that have more than $25 million in gross revenue or buy, receive or share the personal information of 50,000 or more customers, households or devices. The bills create several rights for consumers, including the right to view your own personal data, request the data be corrected or deleted, and request that your information not be sold or shared. The Florida Chamber has been actively engaged behind the scenes on this Speaker and Governor priority. Chamber staff and leadership have met with both offices and had beneficial discussions with legislative leaders on the importance of the protection of consumer data, but also how the bills can be narrowed, how the private right of action is problematic, and that businesses will need more time than is currently given in the bill to comply with this new law. If you would like more information or to share how these bills will impact you, please contact Carolyn Johnson at cjohnson@flchamber.com.  
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Below is a comprehensive review of legislative activity from Week 4 of the 2021 Legislative Session.
     
     
     
     
    Improving Florida's Talent Pipeline for a Better Workforce
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Educational Scholarship Programs
     
     
     
    Consolidates student scholarship programs and provides parents with more flexibility to meet the educational needs of their child.
     
     
    SB 48: Sen. Manny Diaz, Jr.
    The Senate did not take action this week.
     
    HB 7045: Employment & Education Committee
    Passed the House Education & Employment Committee, 18-3.
     
     
     
    Apprenticeship and Preapprenticeship Programs
     
     
     
    Develops detailed instructions on the process by which a local educational agency may partner with a private apprenticeship program sponsor to offer apprenticeship education and training services in the state.
     
     
    SB 508: Sen. Jeff Brandes
    The Senate did not take action this week.
     
    HB 175: Rep. Jason Shoaf
    The House did not take action this week.
     
     
     
    Apprenticeship and Preapprenticeship Programs
     
     
     
    Encourages partnership among state university boards of trustees and apprenticeship program sponsors to cooperate in developing and establishing apprenticeship and preapprenticeship programs that include career instruction. 
     
     
    SB 366: Sen. Travis Hutson
    The Senate did not take action this week.
     
    HB 791: Rep. Joe Harding
    The House did not take action this week.
     
     
     
     
    Early Learning and Early Grade Success
     
     
     
    Expands accountability and assessment requirements for VPK providers, while giving Florida parents better information about the quality of VPK providers.
     
     
    SB 1282: Sen. Gayle Harrell
    Passed the Senate Education Committee, 9-0.
     
    HB 419: Rep. Erin Grall
    The House did not take action this week.
     
     
     
     
    Workforce and Postsecondary Education
     
     
     
    Promotes apprenticeships in occupations throughout Florida industries by increased coordination between secondary and postsecondary education institutions and businesses. 
     
     
    SB 1042: Sen. Jason Brodeur
    The Senate did not take action this week.
     
    HB 791: Rep. Joe Harding
    The House did not take action this week.
     
     
     
     
    Student Literacy
     
     
     
    Establishes the Reading Achievement Initiative for Scholastic Excellence (RAISE) program to support schools identified as needing assistance based on data from the progress monitoring system and results from statewide, standardized English Language Arts assessments.
     
     
    SB 1898: Sen. Ana Maria Rodriguez
    Passed the Senate Education Appropriations Subcommittee, 9-0.
     
    HB 7011: Rep. Vance Aloupis
    The House did not take action this week.
     
     
     
    Creating Quality Jobs by Diversifying Florida's Economy
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Entertainment Industry
     
     
     
    Creates the Film, Television & Digital Media Targeted Rebate Program to encourage the production of family-friended movies and television in the state of Florida.
     
     
    SB 704: Sen. Joe Gruters
    The Senate did not take action this week.
     
    HB 757: Rep. Dana Trabulsy
    The House did not take action this week.
     
     
     
     
    Florida Tourism Marketing
     
     
     
    Reauthorizes VISIT FLORIDA and allows them to use carry-over funds from the previous year.
     
     
    SB 778: Sen. Ed Hooper
    The Senate did not take action this week.
     
    HB 675: Rep. Rene Plasencia
    The House did not take action this week.
     
     
     
    Qualified Targeted Industry Tax Refund Program
     
     
     
    Reauthorizes the Qualified Targeted Industry Tax Refund Program, an important program in Florida’s economic development toolkit. This program expired on June 30, 2020.
     
     
    SB 982: Sen. Joe Gruters
    The Senate did not take action this week.
     
    HB 6071: Rep. Chip Lamarca
    The House did not take action this week.
     
     
     
    Improving Florida's Infrastructure for Smart Growth and Development
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Water Storage
     
     
     
    Expands water storage solutions for Central and South Florida. 
     
     
    SB 94: Sen. Jason Brodeur
    The Senate did not take action this week.
     
    A House Bill Has Not Been Filed
     
     
     
     
    Electric Vehicle Fees and Charging Stations
     
     
     
    Expands the charging network for electric vehicles while ensuring that electric vehicles pay their fair share of transportation usage fees. 
     
     
    SB 140: Sen. Jeff Brandes
    Passed the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Tourism, Transportation, Tourism and Economic Development, 11-0.
     
    SB 138: Sen. Jeff Brandes
    Passed the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Tourism, Transportation, Tourism and Economic Development, 11-0.
     
    HB 819: Rep. Andrew Learned
    The House did not take action this week.
     
    HB 817: Rep. Rene Plasencia
    The House did not take action this week.
     
     
     
     
    Autonomous Vehicles
     
     
     
    Expands the opportunities for the lawful deployment of low speed, autonomous shuttles on public roadways. 
     
     
    SB 1620: Sen. Jeff Brandes
    Passed the Senate Community Affairs Committee, 8-0.
     
    HB 1289: Rep. Fiona McFarland
    The House did not take action this week.
     
     
     
     
    Repeal of the M-CORES Program
     
     
     
    Repeals infrastructure and economic development investments.
     
     
    SB 1030: Sen. Tina Scott Polsky
    The Senate did not take action this week.
     
    HB 763: Rep. Ben Diamond
    The House did not take action this week.
     
     
     
     
    State Funds
     
     
     
    Protects the Sadowski Housing Trust Funds from legislative sweeps.
     
     
    SB 510: Sen. Ed Hooper
    The Senate did not take action this week.
     
    HB 13: Rep. Sam Killebrew
    The House did not take action this week.
     
     
     
     
    Flooding and Sea Level Rise Resilience
     
     
     
    Creates new programs, partnerships and data collection efforts to combat sea level rise.
     
     
    SB 1954: Sen. Ray Rodrigues
    The Senate did not take action this week.
     
    HB 7019: Rep. Demi Busatta Cabrera
    Passed the House State Affairs Committee,
    20-0.
     
     
     
     
    State Preemption of Energy Infrastructure Regulation
     
     
     
    Prevents local governments from prohibiting natural gas fracking, nullify solar permitting ordinances, end renewable energy grant programs and eliminate county authority over pipelines along roadways.
     
     
    SB 856: Sen. Travis Hutson
    The Senate did not take action this week.
     
    HB 839: Rep. Tom Fabricio
    The House did not take action this week.
     
     
     
    Building the Perfect Climate for Business
     
     
     
     
     
     
    COVID-19 Liability Protections
     
     
     
    Provides liability protections from claims that arise due to COVID-19 for businesses and other entities that are substantially complying with government health and safety guidelines to keep employees and customers safe.
     
     
    SB 72: Sen. Jeff Brandes
    Passed the House, 83-31.
     
    HB 7: Rep. Lawrence McClure
    Previously Passed House.
     
     
     
     
    COVID-19 Liability Protections - Health Care
     
     
     
    Provides liability protections from claims that arise due to COVID-19 for health care providers that are complying with government health and safety guidelines.
     
     
    SB 74: Sen. Jeff Brandes
    The Senate previously amended onto SB 72.
     
    HB 7005: Rep. Colleen Burton
    Placed on House calendar for 2nd reading.
     
     
     
     
    Inflated Medical Damages
     
     
     
    Improves Florida’s bottom-five legal climate by allowing the jury to see the amount generally accepted for a medical procedure and limiting inflated medical damages listed on Letters of Protection.
     
     
    SB 846: Sen. Jeff Brandes
    The Senate did not take action this week.
     
    HB 561: Rep. Randy Maggard
    The House did not take action this week.
     
     
     
     
    Farming Operations
     
     
     
    Modernizes Florida’s Right to Farm Act and provides liability protections for farming operations that are following environmental standards.
     
     
    SB 88: Sen. Jason Brodeur
    Received by the House.
     
    HB 1601: Rep. Jayer Williamson
    The House did not take action this week.
     
     
     
     
    Matters of Great Governmental Concern
     
     
     
    Allows the Attorney General to declare an issue a matter of “great governmental concern” and consolidate civil litigation on behalf of local governments.
     
     
    SB 102: Sen. Danny Burgess
    Placed on the Senate Community Affairs Committee Calendar for 3/30/21.
     
    HB 1053: Rep. Toby Overdorf
    The House did not take action this week.
     
     
     
    Litigation Financing Consumer Protection
     
     
     
    Protects consumers involved in litigation by creating transparency in litigation financing contracts, creates a state registration process for litigation financiers, and requires disclosure to the defendant that a litigation financing company has an interest in the outcome of the litigation.
     
     
    SB 1750: Sen. Doug Broxson
    Temporarily postponed by the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee.
     
    HB 1293: Rep. Toby Overdorf
    The House did not take action this week.
     
     
     
     
    Medical Malpractice Damages
     
     
     
    Drives up medical malpractice insurance rates by broadening the scope of who is allowed to collect damages in medical negligence claims.
     
     
    SB 1112: Sen. Ana Maria Rodriguez
    The Senate did not take action this week.
     
    HB 651: Rep. Spencer Roach
    Passed the House Judiciary Committee, 19-0.
    Placed on the House Calendar for 2nd reading.
     
     
     
     
    Solicitation of Nonmedical Services
     
     
     
    Improves health safety by adding certain requirements and disclosures for advertisements that intend to solicit legal services from patients of medical devices and pharmaceuticals.
     
     
    SB 1992: Sen. Gayle Harrell
    Passed the Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee, 11-0.
    Placed on the Senate Judiciary Committee Agenda for 3/29/21.
     
    HB 1483: Rep. Clay Yarborough
    Passed the House Professions & Public Health Subcommittee, 16-2.
     
     
     
     
    Property Insurance Claims
     
     
     
    Addresses significant increases in property insurance rates by attempting to reduce litigation and cost drivers in the system.
     
     
    SB 76: Sen. Jim Boyd
    Passed the Senate Rules Committee, 12-5.
     
    HB 305: Rep. Bob Rommel
    Passed the House Insurance & Banking Subcommittee, 12-2.
     
     
     
     
    Contingency Risk Multiplier
     
     
     
    Returns the use of the contingency fee multiplier to rare and unusual circumstances to address out of control attorney fees in commonplace litigation.
     
     
    SB 212: Sen. Jeff Brandes
    The Senate did not take action this week.
     
    A House Bill Has Not Been Filed
     
     
     
     
    Auto Glass
     
     
     
    Cracks down on auto glass assignment of benefits abuses by requiring a clear disclosure to the consumer that they are signing an AOB and requires notification to the insurer and customer before any litigation related to the assignment.
     
     
    SB 906: Sen. Linda Stewart
    The Senate did not take action this week.
     
    A House Bill Has Not Been Filed
     
     
     
    Public Emergencies and Assistance
     
     
     
    Creates a presumption that if a person contracts COVID-19 during the course of employment and interferes in insurance contracts by specifying that a business’ compliance with a governmental order to close or reduce service counts as a business interruption for insurance purposes.
     
     
    A Senate Bill Has Not Been Filed.
     
    HB 1617: Rep. Evan Jenne
    The House did not take action this week.
     
     
     
     
    Discrimination in Labor and Employment
     
     
     
    Interferes in employment practices by prohibiting a job creator from requesting or relying on previous wage or salary information to interview, hire, promote or employ an employee.
     
     
    SB 256: Sen. Linda Stewart
    The Senate did not take action this week.
     
    HB 107: Rep. Geraldine Thompson
    The House did not take action this week.
     
     
     
     
    Prohibited Discrimination Bases on Hairstyle
     
     
     
    Creates a new cause of action by adding hairstyle to the list of protected classes under which it is unlawful to discriminate for housing or employment opportunities.
     
     
    SB 476: Sen. Randolph Bracy
    The Senate did not take action this week.
     
    HB 179: Rep. Kamia Brown
    The House did not take action this week.
     
     
     
     
    Unlawful Discrimination Against Pregnant Employees
     
     
     
    Interferes in the employer-employee relationship by creating new requirements for employers of pregnant employees.
     
     
    SB 384: Sen. Ana Maria Rodriguez
    The Senate did not take action this week.
     
    HB 581: Rep. Dotie Joseph
    The House did not take action this week.
     
     
     
     
    Wage & Employment Benefits Requirements
     
     
     
    Removes the statewide preemption for minimum wage and employment benefits, thereby creating a patchwork of regulations across Florida’s cities and counties.
     
     
    SB 304: Sen. Annette Taddeo
    The Senate did not take action this week.
     
    HB 6031: Rep. Carlos Smith
    The House did not take action this week.
     
     
     
     
    Family and Medical Leave
     
     
     
    Creates a business and employee funded family leave state fund for parents who just gave birth, adopted or fostered a child and requires employers to maintain health coverage and allow up to 12 months leave from employment.
     
     
    SB 1596: Sen. Janet Cruz
    The Senate did not take action this week.
     
    SB 1586: Sen. Janet Cruz
    The Senate did not take action this week.
     
    HB 1245: Rep. Angela Nixon
    The House did not take action this week.
     
    HB 1247: Rep. Felicia Robinson
    The House did not take action this week.
     
     
     
     
    Background Screen (Ban the Box)
     
     
     
    Prohibits job creators from requesting information about an applicant’s criminal history prior to an initial job interview.
     
     
    SB 1646: Sen. Bobby Powell
    The Senate did not take action this week.
     
    HB 1331: Rep. Joseph Casello
    The House did not take action this week.
     
     
     
    Internet Sales Tax / Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund
     
     
     
    Modernizes Florida’s tax code and levels the playing field for main street businesses by allowing for the collection of sales tax from internet retailers. Florida and Missouri are the only two states in the country that have not adopted an economic nexus to collect online sales tax after the Wayfair Supreme Court decision. Additionally, HB 15 deposits money into the unemployment compensation trust fund over the next several years to avoid the automatic $713 million tax increase Florida employers were faced with this year and to help replenish the trust fund.
     
     
    SB 50: Sen. Joe Gruters
    Passed the Senate Floor, 30-10.
    Received by the House.
     
    HB 15: Rep. Chuck Clemons
    Placed on the House Commerce Committee agenda for 3/29/21.
     
     
     
     
    Corporate Income Tax Increase
     
     
     
    Increases Florida’s Corporate Income Tax Rate to pay for a new “Teach to Lead” program.
     
     
    SB 1222: Sen. Shevrin Jones
    The Senate did not take action this week.
     
    HB 129: Rep. Yvonne Hinson
    The House did not take action this week.
     
     
     
     
    Small Business Saturday
     
     
     
    Supports shopping at local small businesses by eliminating the sales tax on purchases on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
     
     
    SB 302: Sen. Annette Taddeo
    Passed the Senate Finance and Tax Committee, 7-0.
     
    HB 637: Rep. Allison Tant
    The House did not take action this week.
     
     
     
     
    Hospitals' Community Benefit Reporting
     
     
     
    Removes duplicative reporting requirements for non-profit hospitals to qualify for property tax exemptions.
     
     
    SB 58: Sen. Ana Maria Rodriguez
    Received by the House.
     
    HB 6093: Rep. Joe Harding
    The House did not take action this week.
     
     
     
    Mandatory Unitary Combined Reporting
     
     
     
    Requires a “water’s edge reporting method” to determine taxable profits for Florida income tax purposes, requires a unitary tax filing, and requires disclosure of corporate income, taxes and apportionment determinations for each state.
     
     
    A Senate Bill Has Not Been Filed
     
    HB 999: Rep. Fred Hawkins
    The House did not take action this week.
     
     
     
     
    Tax Exemptions
     
     
     
    Exempts federal emergency loans from documentary stamp tax collections and provides for a disaster preparedness sales tax holiday.
     
     
    SB 734: Sen. Joe Gruters
    The Senate did not take action this week.
     
    A House Bill Has Not Been Filed
     
     
     
     
    Reemployment Assistance
     
     
     
    Increases the maximum weekly benefit amount and the number of weeks for reemployment assistance. HB 207 and SB 466 also revises eligibility requirements for benefits and revises what constitutes a “good cause” for leaving employment to still be eligible for benefits.
     
     
    SB 466: Sen. Randolph Bracy
    The Senate did not take action this week.
     
    SB 592: Sen. Bobby Powell
    The Senate did not take action this week.
     
    SB 644: Sen. Annette Taddeo
    The Senate did not take action this week.
     
    SB 910: Sen. Linda Stewart
    The Senate did not take action this week.
     
    SB 1906: Sen. Jason Brodeur
    Placed on the Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee agenda for 3/29/21.
     
    HB 207: Rep. Anna Eskamani
    The House did not take action this week.
     
     
     
     
    Motor Vehicle Insurance
     
     
     
    Repeals Florida’s motor vehicle no-fault law (personal injury protection insurance) and creates mandatory a bodily injury coverage requirement.
     
     
    SB 54: Sen. Danny Burgess
    The Senate did not take action this week.
     
    HB 719: Rep. Erin Grall
    The House did not take action this week.
     
     
     
     
    Data Privacy
     
     
     
    Creates a new cause of action related to companies that collect, sell or use consumer data and creates new disclosure requirement for these companies.
     
     
    SB 1734: Sen. Jennifer Bradley
    Passed the Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee, 10-1.
     
    HB 969: Rep. Fiona McFarland
    Passed the House Civil Justice & Property Rights Subcommittee, 17-0.
     
     
     
    Making Government and Civics more Efficient and Effective
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Dues and Uniform Protections
     
     
     
    Adds transparency and accountability to the collection of union dues from the paychecks of state workers.
     
     
    SB 78: Sen. Ray Rodrigues
    Not considered by Senate Rules Committee.
     
    HB 947: Rep. Scott Plakon
    The House did not take action this week.
     
     
     
     
    Retirement
     
     
     
    Reforms the state's pension system.
     
     
    SB 84: Sen. Ray Rodrigues
    The Senate did not take action this week.
     
    A House Bill Has Not Been Filed
     
     
     
     
    Supermajority for Legislative Preemption
     
     
     
    Increases the threshold needed for legislation ensuring the furtherance of statewide regulatory certainty for businesses to pass in the Legislature.
     
     
    SB 540: Sen. Gary M. Farmer
    The Senate did not take action this week.
     
    A House Bill Has Not Been Filed
     
     
     
     
    Removal of Union Transparency
     
     
     
    Repeals a Chamber-backed transparency bill for public sector unions. 
     
     
    SB 610: Sen. Linda Stewart
    The Senate did not take action this week.
     
    A House Bill Has Not Been Filed
     
     
     
     
    Rights of Nature
     
     
     
    Repeals a Chamber-backed provision that outlaws the “rights of nature” legal doctrine in Florida. 
     
     
    A Senate Bill Has Not Been Filed
     
    HB 6045: Rep. Anna Eskamani
    The House did not take action this week.
     
     
     
     
    Employee Organizations
     
     
     
    Protects public sector employees by enforcing the Chamber-backed transparency efforts from the 2019 Legislative Session.
     
     
    SB 1014: Sen. Dennis Baxley
    The Senate did not take action this week.
     
    HB 835: Rep. Cord Byrd
    The House did not take action this week.
     
     
     
     
    Removal of Sunscreen Preemption
     
     
     
    Repeals a Chamber-backed preemption on regulations for sunscreen and other over the counter drugs and cosmetics. 
     
     
    SB 1174: Sen. Linda Stewart
    The Senate did not take action this week.
     
    HB 6041: Rep. Anna Eskamani
    The House did not take action this week.
     
     
     
     
    E-Verify Mandate
     
     
     
    Removes a Chamber-backed protection for employers that allows certain businesses to use existing systems to verify eligible employment.
     
     
    A Senate Bill Has Not Been Filed
     
    HB 6013: Rep. Anthony Sabatini
    The House did not take action this week.
     
     
     
     
    Removal of Polystyrene Preemption
     
     
     
    Removes a Chamber-backed preemption on local ordinances relating to polystyrene products.
     
     
    SB 594: Sen. Linda Stewart
    The Senate did not take action this week.
     
    HB 6027: Rep. Michael Grieco
    The House did not take action this week.
     
     
     
     
    Constitutional Amendment Reform
     
     
     
    Increases the threshold for a constitutional amendment to be adopted.
     
     
    SB 1238: Sen. Ana Maria Rodriguez
    The Senate did not take action this week.
     
    HB 61: Rep. Rick Roth
    Placed on the House Public Integrity & Elections Committee Agenda for 3/29/21.
     
     
     
     
    Constitutional Amendment Finance Reform
     
     
     
    Brings transparency and parity to the constitutional amendment fundraising system.
     
     
    SB 1890: Sen. Ray Rodriguez
    Placed on the Senate Ethics and Elections Committee for 3/30/21.
     
    A House Bill Has Not Been Filed
     
     
     
    Championing Florida's Quality of Life
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Autonomous Practice by an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
     
     
     
    Expands allowed general functions of APRNs to acts that are within their specialty.
     
     
    SB 424: Sen. Jeff Brandes
    The Senate did not take action this week.
     
    HB 111: Rep. Randy Maggard
    The House did not take action this week.
     
     
     
     
    Economic Self-Sufficiency
     
     
     
    Requires the Auditor General to conduct, at least every three years, performance audits of certain economic assistance and health care programs.
     
     
    SB 414: Sen. Keith Perry
    Passed the Senate Children, Families and Elder Affairs Committee, 8-0.
     
    HB 1349: Rep. Vance Aloupis
    Passed the House Children, Families and Seniors Subcommittee, 17-0.
     
     
     
     
    Florida Chamber of Commerce l www.FLChamber.com
     
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