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The north central Florida legislative delegation for the 2018 session. From left, state representatives Chuck Clemons, Ralph Massullo, Stan McClain, Bobby Payne, Elizabeth Porter, Charlie Stone, and Clovis Watson. Below, from left, state senators Dennis Baxley, Rob Bradley, and Keith Perry.

WUFT’s Legislative Tracker

Ten legislators, more than 200 bills.

Local funding requests topping $250 million.

Sixty days to discuss and vote on potential laws and appropriations.

The 2018 Florida legislative session runs from Jan. 9 to March 9, 2018, and WUFT will track the work of each of north central Florida’s legislators right here. The listing below includes only those 200-plus bills and appropriations projects that a representative or senator has introduced — not those of which they are co-sponsors or co-introducers.

Before the lists, it’s helpful to review the Florida Senate’s guide on how a bill becomes a law.

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Watch the discussion and votes live on The Florida Channel.

State Veterans' Nursing Home Planning - Marion County ( House Bill 2105 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $500,000 for the State Veterans’ Nursing Home Planning – Marion County.
Who’s the sponsor? Rep. Stan McClain
Where is it? Now in Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee.
When is its next hearing/vote? Friday, January 19 at 8:00 AM
Click here to see the full bill.

Meridian Health (Primary Care) Clinic ( House Bill 2519 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $500,000 for the Meridian Health (Primary Care) Clinic.
Who’s the sponsor? Rep. Clovis Watson
Where is it? Now in Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee.
When is its next hearing/vote? Friday, January 19 at 8:00 AM
Click here to see the full bill.

University of Florida: Utilities/Infrastructure Imp ( House Bill 2733 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $30 million for the University of Florida: Utilities/Infrastructure Imp.
Who’s the sponsor? Rep. Clovis Watson
Where is it? Now in Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee.
When is its next hearing/vote? Friday, January 19 at 8:00 AM
Click here to see the full bill.

The Transition House Inc. Homeless Program, Starke Florida ( House Bill 3283 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $300,000 for The Transition House Inc. Homeless Program, Starke Florida.
Who’s the sponsor? Rep. Bobby Payne
Where is it? Now in Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee.
When is its next hearing/vote? Friday, January 19 at 8:00 AM
Click here to see the full bill.

Which bills had a vote yesterday? What happened?

Firearms ( Senate Bill 1048 )
What it does: Authorizing a church, a synagogue, or other religious institution to allow a concealed weapons or concealed firearms licensee to carry a firearm on the property of the church, synagogue, or religious institution for certain purposes, etc.
Who’s the sponsor? Sen. Dennis Baxley
Who voted on it? What did they decide? Judicary vote postponed.
Click here to see the full bill.

Expert Witnesses ( Senate Bill 1120 )
What it does: Requiring a court to pay reasonable fees to members of an examining committee for their evaluation and testimony regarding persons with disabilities; authorizing, rather than requiring, a court to appoint up to two additional experts to evaluate a defendant suspected of having an intellectual disability or autism under certain circumstances; authorizing a court to take less restrictive action than commitment if an expert finds a child incompetent, etc.
Who’s the sponsor? Sen. Keith Perry
Who voted on it? What did they decide? Judicary vote postponed.
Click here to see the full bill.

Subpoenas in Investigations of Sexual Offenses ( Senate Bill 618 )
What it does: Authorizing an investigative or law enforcement officer conducting an investigation into specified matters to subpoena certain persons or entities for the production of records, documents, or other tangible things and testimony; prohibiting the use of a subpoena to compel records, documents, or other tangible objects protected under certain circumstances; authorizing a court to punish a person who does not comply with a subpoena as indirect criminal contempt, etc.
Who’s the sponsor? Sen. Dennis Baxley
Who voted on it? What did they decide? Judicary voted 7-3 in favor
Click here to see the full bill.

Public Records ( Senate Bill 750 )
What it does: Prohibiting an agency that receives a request to inspect or copy a record from responding to such request by filing a civil action against the individual or entity making the request, etc.
Who’s the sponsor? Sen. Keith Perry
Who voted on it? What did they decide? Judicary vote postponed.
Click here to see the full bill.

Suwannee County Railroad Crossing Relocation ( House Bill 2231 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $1,650,000 for the Suwannee County Railroad Crossing Relocation.
Who’s the sponsor? Rep. Elizabeth Porter
Who voted on it? What did they decide? Transportation & Tourism Appropriations Subcommittee voted 13-0 in favor.
Click here to see the full bill.

DeSoto County Lake Suzy Wastewater Modifications ( House Bill 3471 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $450,000 for the DeSoto County Lake Suzy Wastewater Modifications.
Who’s the sponsor? Rep. Charlie Stone
Who voted on it? What did they decide? Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee voted 12-0 in favor
Click here to see the full bill.

Learning for Life ( House Bill 3879 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $2,569,813 for the Learning for Life.
Who’s the sponsor? Rep. Bobby Payne
Who voted on it? What did they decide? PreK-12 Appropriations Subcommittee voted 11-0 in favor.
Click here to see the full bill.

Transportation ( Senate Bill 1170 )
What it does: Directing the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to develop an Ethical Ecotourism license plate; creating a special license plate for recipients of the Bronze Star Medal, etc.
Who’s the sponsor? Sen. Keith Perry
Who voted on it? What did they decide? Military and Veterans Affairs, Space, and Domestic Security subcommittee voted 7-0 in favor.
Click here to see the full bill.

Land Acquisition Trust Fund ( CS/Senate Bill 204 )
What it does: Revising the specified appropriation for spring restoration, protection, and management projects; requiring a specified appropriation for certain projects related to the St. Johns River and its tributaries or the Keystone Heights Lake Region, etc.
Who’s the sponsor? Sen. Rob Bradley
Who voted on it? What did they decide? Appropriations voted 18-0 in favor.
Click here to see the full bill.

All bills by representatives (Party, counties covered)

Chuck Clemons (R – Dixie, Gilchrist, Alachua)

Retirement ( House Bill 665 )
What it does: Specifies minimum amount of the factor used to calculate the cost-of-living adjustment of benefits for certain retirees & beneficiaries of the Florida Retirement System; provides declaration of important state interest.
Click here to see the full bill.

Campaign Financing ( House Bill 43 )
What it does: Revises definition of term “contribution”; revises schedule governing campaign finance reporting for candidates, political committees, & electioneering communications organizations; revises reporting requirements regarding transfers made by political committees & electioneering communications organizations; prohibits political committee or an electioneering communications organization from transferring funds to certain entities; provides transitional provision regarding final monthly reports by candidates, political committees, & electioneering communications organizations.
Click here to see the full bill.

Unclaimed Funds Held by the Clerks of Court ( House Bill 1361 )
What it does: Repeals provisions relating to disposition of certain money paid to court which is unclaimed; revises time period for certain persons to file claims for unclaimed surplus funds; requires clerk to report certain unclaimed property as surplus; specifies procedures for clerk to use in handling surpluses; specifies entity entitled to surplus; repeals provisions relating to qualifications & appointment of surplus trustee in foreclosure actions; exempts certain funds remaining after judicial sale from becoming distributable & subject to certain reporting requirements; revises service charges that clerk may receive & deduct from surplus.
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Public Records and Public Meetings/Firesafety Systems ( House Bill 411 )
What it does: Provides exemption from public records requirements for firesafety system plans held by agency, exemption from public records & public meetings requirements for information relating to firesafety systems for certain properties & meetings relating to such systems & information, & exemption from public meetings requirements for portions of meetings that would reveal such plans held by agency; provides for retroactive application, for future legislative review & repeal, & statement of public necessity.
Click here to see the full bill.

Alachua County ( House Bill 1237 )
What it does: Provides exception to general law; requires specified taxing authorities to have proportional representation on community redevelopment agency boards; provides exceptions.
Click here to see the full bill.

ACORN Clinic: Healthcare Safety Net in North Central Florida ( House Bill 2325 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $727,500 for the ACORN Clinic: Healthcare Safety Net in North Central Florida.
Click here to see the full bill.

Gilchrist County Jail Expansion ( House Bill 3087 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $500,000 for the Gilchrist County Jail Expansion.
Click here to see the full bill.

CDS Family & Behavioral Health Services CINS/FINS Shelter Replacement ( House Bill 2663 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $500,000 for the CDS Family & Behavioral Health Services CINS/FINS Shelter Replacement.
Click here to see the full bill.

Emergency Shelter for Individuals with Special Needs - Dixie County ( House Bill 3505 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $450,000 for the Emergency Shelter for Individuals with Special Needs – Dixie County.
Click here to see the full bill.

Dixie County - Jail Roof ( House Bill 2369 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $375,000 for the Dixie County – Jail Roof.
Click here to see the full bill.

State Science and Engineering Fair of Florida ( House Bill 2373 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $142,968 for the State Science and Engineering Fair of Florida.
Click here to see the full bill.

University of Florida Lastinger Center ( House Bill 2327 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $1,700,000 for the University of Florida Lastinger Center.
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Next Generation Agricultural Education Student ( House Bill 3053 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $1,250,000 for the Next Generation Agricultural Education Student.
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Wauchula Green Street Stormwater Conveyance and Improvements ( House Bill 3483 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $1,200,200 for the Wauchula Green Street Stormwater Conveyance and Improvements.
Click here to see the full bill.

Motorcycle and Moped Riders ( House Bill 583 )
What it does: Increases age at which person operating or riding upon certain motorcycle or moped is exempt from protective headgear requirements; requires moped registered to person under 21 years of age to display license plate; provides penalty.
Click here to see the full bill.

Florida Capital Formation Act ( House Bill 1181 )
What it does: Deletes requirement that DEO manage certain activities related to commercialization of specified products, services, & ideas; redesignates Institute for Commercialization of Public Research as Institute for Commercialization of Florida Technology; requires that investment-related affairs of institute be managed by private fund manager & overseen by board; requires that certain proceeds be returned to Florida Technology Seed Capital Fund after payment of certain costs & fees.
Click here to see the full bill.

Reemployment After Retirement ( House Bill 251 )
What it does: Authorizes retiree of FRS to be reemployed under certain circumstances.
Click here to see the full bill.

Ralph Massullo (R – Citrus, Hernando)



Prohibit Use of SNAP Benefits to Purchase Soft Drinks ( House Memorial 847 )

What it does: Urges Congress to prohibit the use of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits to purchase soft drinks.
Click here to see the full bill.

Public Records ( House Bill 459 )
What it does: Provides that certain information related to agency contracts is not confidential or exempt from public records requirements; removes or revises numerous provisions relating to exemptions from public records requirements for trade secrets.
Click here to see the full bill.

Pub. Rec./Trade Secrets Held by an Agency ( House Bill 461 )
What it does: Provides exemption from public record requirements for trade secret held by agency; provides notice requirements; provides process for responding to public record requests; provides exception to exemption; provides that agency employee is not liable for release of records in compliance with act; provides for future legislative review & repeal of exemption; provides statement of public necessity.
Click here to see the full bill.

Three Sisters Springs Infrastructure Improvements ( House Bill 4429 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $400,000 for the Three Sisters Springs Infrastructure Improvements.
Click here to see the full bill.

Historic Hernando School Restoration ( House Bill 4427 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $396,400 for the Historic Hernando School Restoration.
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Citrus County Cambridge Greens Septic to Sewer ( House Bill 4091 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $349,000 for the Citrus County Cambridge Greens Septic to Sewer.
Click here to see the full bill.

Brooksville Fire Department Renovation Project ( House Bill 3973 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $323,150 for the Brooksville Fire Department Renovation Project.
Click here to see the full bill.

Citrus County Kings Bay Restoration ( House Bill 2487 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $3,000,000 for the Citrus County Kings Bay Restoration.
Click here to see the full bill.

Citrus County Old Homosassa West Septic to Sewer Project ( House Bill 4093 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $235,600 for the Citrus County Old Homosassa West Septic to Sewer Project.
Click here to see the full bill.

Homosassa River Restoration ( House Bill 2629 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $2,000,000 for the Homosassa River Restoration.
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City of Crystal River Public Safety Building ( House Bill 4425 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $1,800,000 for the City of Crystal River Public Safety Building.
Click here to see the full bill.

Hernando County Fire Rescue Station #6 Renovation Project ( House Bill 3975 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $1,200,000 for the Hernando County Fire Rescue Station #6 Renovation Project.
Click here to see the full bill.

Hernando County Fire Rescue Station #2 Renovation Project ( House Bill 3971 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $1,200,000 for the Hernando County Fire Rescue Station #2 Renovation Project.
Click here to see the full bill.

Alternative High School Graduation Requirements ( House Bill 311 )
What it does: Provides alternative pathways to standard high school diploma, student eligibility requirements, & requirements for meeting alternative pathways to standard high school diploma; specifies required documentation & requires district school boards to incorporate certain information in specified plan.
Click here to see the full bill.

Patient's Choice of Providers ( House Bill 143 )
What it does: Prohibits health insurer from excluding willing & qualified health care provider from participating in health insurer’s provider network under certain circumstances.
Click here to see the full bill.

Health Care Certification ( House Bill 81 )
What it does: Prohibits Boards of Medicine & Osteopathic Medicine, & DOH, health care facilities, & insurers from requiring certain certifications as conditions of licensure, reimbursement, or admitting privileges.
Click here to see the full bill.

Consumer Protection from Nonmedical Changes to Prescription Drug Formularies ( House Bill 229 )
What it does: Limits changes to health insurance policies’ prescription drug formulary during policy year; requires small employer carriers to limit changes to prescription drug formularies.
Click here to see the full bill.

The Teacher Scholarship Program ( House Bill 757 )
What it does: Establishes Teacher Scholarship Program within DOE; provides program purpose & requirements; provides for rulemaking.
Click here to see the full bill.

Telehealth ( House Bill 793 )
What it does: Encourages state group health insurance program to offer health insurance plans that include telehealth coverage; authorizes AHCA to pay for certain telehealth services as optional Medicaid services; defines terms; establishes standard of care for telehealth providers; authorizing use of telehealth to perform patient evaluations; provides that telehealth providers, under certain circumstances, are not required to research patient’s history or conduct physical exam before providing services; provides situations when use of telehealth is not deemed to be practicing medicine without a license; authorizes certain providers to use telehealth to prescribe specified controlled substances; provides construction; requires DOH to develop & disseminate educational materials to specified licenses; provides recordkeeping requirements; provides patient consent requirements; encourages certain insurers to include services provided through telehealth under certain conditions.
Click here to see the full bill.

Stan McClain (R – Marion)

Governance of Banks and Trust Companies ( CS/House Bill 455 )
What it does: Revises requirements relating to financial institution experience of certain proposed directors & officers of proposed banks or trust companies; revises residency requirement of certain directors & financial institution experience of certain officers for banks or trust companies; revises instances during which bank may not own certain stock, obligations, & other securities.
Click here to see the full bill.

Florida Building Commission ( House Bill 299 )
What it does: Revises membership of the commission; revises membership qualifications.
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Construction Bonds ( House Bill 723 )
What it does: Requires notice of nonpayment to be verified; provides notice of nonpayment requirements; provides that claimant or lienor who serves fraudulent notice of nonpayment shall be deprived of rights under bond; requires notice of nonpayment to be in prescribed form; provides that provision relating to attorney’s fees applies to certain suits brought by contractors; deems contractors to be insureds or beneficiaries for certain purposes; provides that contractor may record notice identifying bond as conditional payment bond prior to project commencement in order for duty of surety to pay lienors to be coextensive with contractor’s duty to pay.
Click here to see the full bill.

State Veterans' Nursing Home Planning - Marion County ( House Bill 2105 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $500,000 for the State Veterans’ Nursing Home Planning – Marion County.
Click here to see the full bill.

Hands of Mercy Everywhere, Inc.-Belleview Lakeside Hospitality Program ( House Bill 2137 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $448,377 for the Hands of Mercy Everywhere, Inc.-Belleview Lakeside Hospitality Program.
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Motorcycle Safety and Education ( House Bill 2103 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $300,000 for the Motorcycle Safety and Education.
Click here to see the full bill.

Belleview Hurricane Irma Flood Mitigation Including Land Acquisition ( House Bill 2897 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $225,000 for the Belleview Hurricane Irma Flood Mitigation Including Land Acquisition.
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MC Veterans Helping Veterans, Inc. -Training Veterans for Success ( House Bill 2799 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $180,000 for the MC Veterans Helping Veterans, Inc. -Training Veterans for Success.
Click here to see the full bill.

Marion County Veterans Treatment Court ( House Bill 2069 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $150,000 for the Marion County Veterans Treatment Court.
Click here to see the full bill.

College of Central Florida - Appleton Museum of Art ( House Bill 3881 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $1,556,740 for the College of Central Florida – Appleton Museum of Art.
Click here to see the full bill.

Threats to Kill or Do Great Bodily Injury ( CS/CS/House Bill 165 )
What it does: Prohibits person from making threat to kill or do great bodily injury in writing or other record & transmitting that threat in any manner that would allow another person to view the threat; removes requirements that threat be sent to specific recipient to be prohibited.
Click here to see the full bill.

Growth Management ( House Bill 207 )
What it does: Requires local governments to address protection of private property rights in their comprehensive plans; requires comprehensive plan to include private property rights element; requires counties & municipalities to adopt or amend land development regulations consistent with private property rights element; provides deadlines; requires state land planning agency to approve private property rights element if it is substantially in specified form.
Click here to see the full bill.

Marion County Southeastern Livestock Pavilion Phase 3 ( House Bill 2135 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $580,320 for the Marion County Southeastern Livestock Pavilion Phase 3
Click here to see the full bill.

Bobby Payne (R – Bradford, Clay, Putnam, Union)

Commercial Motor Vehicles ( House Bill 1189 )
What it does: Revises provisions relating to commercial motor vehicle safety regulations & penalties, apportionable vehicle requirements, certain license plate fees, and theft of certain commercial cargo.
Click here to see the full bill.

Linear Facilities ( House Bill 405 )
What it does: Revises definition of “development” to exclude certain utility work on rights-of-way or corridors & creation or termination of distribution & transmission corridors; requires DEP to consider certain variance standard for certification of power plants & transmission corridors; specifies PSC authority to locate transmission lines underground.
Click here to see the full bill.

Public Assistance Fraud ( House Bill 643 )
What it does: Revises amount of reward paid by DCF for reporting violation of public assistance fraud laws; provides for department to hold certain recovered overpayments in Federal Grants Trust Fund; authorizes department to establish financial statement reserve; provides for use of reserve funds.
Click here to see the full bill.

Early Childhood Court Program ( House Bill 1351 )
What it does: Requires Office of State Courts Administrator to verify existence of Early Childhood Court Program at certain circuit courts; authorizes office to hire statewide community coordinator; requires FSU Center for Prevention & Early Intervention Policy to hire statewide clinical consultant; requires institute to submit annual reports.
Click here to see the full bill.

Environmental Regulation ( House Bill 1149 )
What it does: Provides examples of reclaimed water use that may create impact offset; revises required provisions of water resource implementation rule; requires DEP & water management districts to develop & enter into certain memorandum of agreement; prohibits counties & municipalities from requiring recycling of contaminated recyclable material; provides that counties, municipalities, & recyclable material contractors are not required to collect, transport, or process contaminated recyclable material; provides that local government may not require further verification from department for certain projects; revises types of dock & pier replacements & repairs that are exempt from such verification & certain permitting requirements.
Click here to see the full bill.

East Palatka Fire Station Water Expansion ( House Bill 3297 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $850,000 for the East Palatka Fire Station Water Expansion.
Click here to see the full bill.

Putnam County Drainage and Mitigation ( House Bill 3289 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $800,000 for the Putnam County Drainage and Mitigation.
Click here to see the full bill.

Operation New Uniform ( House Bill 3287 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $791,700 for the Operation New Uniform.
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Communications Equipment Upgrade, Putnam County ( House Bill 3295 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $790,232 for the Communications Equipment Upgrade, Putnam County 700 MHZ SYSTEM PHASED MIGRATION.
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Putnam County Pico Road and Elsie Drive Wastewater Expansion Project ( House Bill 3269 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $750,000 for the Putnam County Pico Road and Elsie Drive Wastewater Expansion Project.
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Palatka Drinking Water Infrastructure Improvements ( House Bill 3259 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $69,495,120 for the Palatka Drinking Water Infrastructure Improvements.
Click here to see the full bill.

Penney Farms Storm Water Update ( House Bill 2037 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $650,000 for the Penney Farms Storm Water Update.
Click here to see the full bill.

Historic Spring Park Public Access Pier on St. Johns River ( House Bill 3267 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $600,000 for the Historic Spring Park Public Access Pier on St. Johns River.
Click here to see the full bill.

Starke Wastewater Reclamation Upgrade ( House Bill 3263 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $500,000 for the Starke Wastewater Reclamation Upgrade.
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Putnam County School District Advanced Manufacturing ( House Bill 3271 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $500,000 for the Putnam County School District Advanced Manufacturing.
Click here to see the full bill.

Putnam County Animal Shelter Facility ( House Bill 3291 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $500,000 for the Putnam County Animal Shelter Facility.
Click here to see the full bill.

Bradford County Lincoln City Park ( House Bill 3279 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $50,000 for the Bradford County Lincoln City Park.
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Camp Blanding Museum - Expansion ( House Bill 3281 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $4.7 million for the Camp Blanding Museum – Expansion.
Click here to see the full bill.

Bradford Fairgrounds Building & Barn Replacement ( House Bill 3311 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $4 million for the Bradford Fairgrounds Building & Barn Replacement.
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The Transition House Inc. Homeless Program, Starke Florida ( House Bill 3283 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $300,000 for The Transition House Inc. Homeless Program, Starke Florida.
Click here to see the full bill.

Palatka Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements ( House Bill 3261 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $3,200,000 for the Palatka Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements.
Click here to see the full bill.

Putnam County Municipal Multi-Use Education and Livestock Facility ( House Bill 3421 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $290,000 for the Putnam County Municipal Multi-Use Education and Livestock Facility.
Click here to see the full bill.

Clay County Joint Public Safety Training Facility ( House Bill 3857 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $2,750,000 for the Clay County Joint Public Safety Training Facility.
Click here to see the full bill.

Learning for Life ( House Bill 3879 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $2,569,813 for the Learning for Life.
Click here to see the full bill.

Communities In Schools ( House Bill 2707 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $2,400,000 for the Communities In Schools.
Click here to see the full bill.

St. Johns River State College Ren/Add Labs & Support Srvc Bldg 1009 ( House Bill 3285 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $16.1 million for the St. Johns River State College Ren/Add Labs & Support Srvc Bldg 1009.
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Clay County Live Fire Training Building ( House Bill 3855 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $1,500,000 for the Clay County Live Fire Training Building.
Click here to see the full bill.

St. Johns River State College - Advanced Manufacturing Training ( House Bill 3265 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $1,310,487 for the St. Johns River State College – Advanced Manufacturing Training.
Click here to see the full bill.

Santa Fe College - Construct Welding, HVAC, Auto & Industrial Tech ( House Bill 3441 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $1,000,000 for the Santa Fe College – Construct Welding, HVAC, Auto & Industrial Tech.
Click here to see the full bill.

AMIkids Family Centric Programming ( House Bil 4593 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation for the AMIkids Family Centric Programming.
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AMIkids Credit Recovery Program ( House Bill 4591 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation for the AMIkids Credit Recovery Program.
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Autocycles ( House Bill 215 )
What it does: Defines “autocycle” & revises definition of “motorcycle”; requires safety belt usage by autocycle operator/passenger; authorizes autocycle operation without motorcycle endorsement; provides applicability.
Click here to see the full bill.

Involuntary Examination and Involuntary Admission of Minors ( House Bill 947 )
What it does: Authorizes designated law enforcement agency to decline to transport minor 14 years of age or younger to receiving facility for mental health or substance abuse evaluation if parent or guardian of minor agrees to transport minor to receiving facility; requires examination of minor 14 years of age or younger to be initiated within 8 hours after patient’s arrival at receiving facility.
Click here to see the full bill.

Elizabeth Porter (R – Alachua, Baker, Columbia, Hamilton, Suwannee)

Computer Science Instruction ( House Bill 1213 )
What it does: Provides requirements for specified instruction relating to computer science; requires certain computer science courses to be included in Course Code Directory & published on DOE’s website by specified date; provides funds for school districts to provide professional development for classroom teachers; authorizes bonuses for certain classroom teachers; authorizes funding for high-need technology grants for school districts.
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Columbia County Ichetucknee Partnership ( House Bill 2865 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $95,066 for the Columbia County Ichetucknee Partnership.
Click here to see the full bill.

Project Leo ( House Bill 3335 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $700,000 for the Project Leo.
Click here to see the full bill.

Suwannee County Greenway Master Plan ( House Bill 3337 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $485,000 for the Suwannee County Greenway Master Plan.
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Suwannee County I-75/CR 136 (White Springs Exit) Water Plant ( House Bill 2341 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $3,425,000 for the Suwannee County I-75/CR 136 (White Springs Exit) Water Plant.
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Jasper Generators for Critical Water and Waste Water Services ( House Bill 3333 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $243,374 for the Jasper Generators for Critical Water and Waste Water Services.
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University of Florida: Institute for Comparative Veterinary Diagnostics ( House Bill 2199 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $2,500,000 for the University of Florida: Institute for Comparative Veterinary Diagnostics.
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Online Adult High School Program for State of Florida Library System - Smart Horizons Career Online High School ( House Bill 3763 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $2,500,000 for the Online Adult High School Program for State of Florida Library System – Smart Horizons Career Online High School.
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Columbia County Fairgrounds Drainage Improvement Project ( House Bill 3339 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $100,000 for the Columbia County Fairgrounds Drainage Improvement Project.
Click here to see the full bill.

RIVEROAK Technical College Expansion and Remodeling Project ( House Bill 2425 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $1,823,125 for the RIVEROAK Technical College Expansion and Remodeling Project.
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Suwannee County Railroad Crossing Relocation ( House Bill 2231 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $1,650,000 for the Suwannee County Railroad Crossing Relocation.
Click here to see the full bill.

Columbia County Cannon Creek Stormwater Treatment Flood Abatement ( House Bill 2253 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $1,500,000 for the Columbia County Cannon Creek Stormwater Treatment Flood Abatement.
Click here to see the full bill.

Missing Persons With Special Needs ( House Bill 591 )
What it does: Expands pilot projects for missing persons with special needs to all centers for autism & related disabilities at institutions in state university system.
Click here to see the full bill.

Transportation Facility Designations ( House Bill 255 )
What it does: Designates James H. Montgomery Highway in Columbia County; directs DOT to erect suitable markers.
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Charlie Stone (R – Levy, Marion)

Homeowners' Associations ( House Bill 377 )
What it does: Revises uses of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares, & Mobile Homes Trust Fund; increases damages to which member of homeowners’ association is entitled for denial of access to official records; provides cause of action for member against community association manager or management firm; prohibits reimbursement to community association manager or management firm for certain fines; provides & revises reporting requirements; provides that fine may not become lien against parcel; revises provisions relating to election of officers; provides presuit mediation for election & recall disputes; provides for binding arbitration by DBPR for certain disputes between parcel owner & homeowners’ association; requires DBPR to provide training & educational programs; authorizes DBPR to enforce & ensure compliance with Homeowners’ Association Act & specified rules; provides DBPR with jurisdiction to investigate certain complaints; provides cause of action against developers by HOA or nondeveloper members of HOA.
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Educational Standards For K-12 Public Schools ( House Bill 825 )
What it does: Revises Next Generation Sunshine State Standards; provides that NGSSS are minimum baseline core content standards for K-12 public schools; requires each school district to adopt standards equivalent to or better than NGSSS; revises content requirements for such standards; revises requirements for certain instructional materials.
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Operation of Vehicles ( House Bill 117 )
What it does: Requires drivers to vacate lanes closest to, or reduce speed & pass, vulnerable road users, authorized emergency, sanitation, & utility service vehicles/workers, & wrecker operators under certain circumstances, subject to certain requirements; deletes requirements of drivers approaching certain authorized emergency vehicles, sanitation vehicles, utility service vehicles, & wreckers.
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Florida Horse Park Expansion-Phase 3 ( House Bill 3473 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $5 million for the Florida Horse Park Expansion-Phase 3.
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DeSoto County Lake Suzy Wastewater Modifications ( House Bill 3471 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $450,000 for the DeSoto County Lake Suzy Wastewater Modifications.
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Ocala Silver Springs Stormwater and Nutrient Reduction Project ( House Bill 2475 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $300,000 for the Ocala Silver Springs Stormwater and Nutrient Reduction Project.
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Inglis Sub Regional Waste Water Treatment Plant ( House Bill 2005 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $3,000,000 for the Inglis Sub Regional Waste Water Treatment Plant.
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Hardee County Regional Potable Service Improvements, Phase 2 ( House Bill 2289 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $285,000 for the Hardee County Regional Potable Service Improvements, Phase 2
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Hospice Care ( House Bill 497 )
What it does: Authorizes hospices, or providers operating under contract with hospice, to provide palliative care to seriously ill patients & their families.
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Clovis Watson (D – Alachua, Marion)

Waldo Wastewater Collection System Rehabilitation, Phase 2 ( House Bill 2735 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $500,000 for the Waldo Wastewater Collection System Rehabilitation, Phase 2
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Meridian Health (Primary Care) Clinic ( House Bill 2519 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $500,000 for the Meridian Health (Primary Care) Clinic.
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Alachua County - Newnan's Lake Improvement Initiative Phase III ( House Bill 3509 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $470,000 for the Alachua County – Newnan’s Lake Improvement Initiative Phase III.
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Hawthorne Downtown Water Main Replacements, Phases II and III ( House Bill 3511 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $300,000 for the Hawthorne Downtown Water Main Replacements, Phases II and III.
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University of Florida: Utilities/Infrastructure Imp ( House Bill 2733 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $30 million for the University of Florida: Utilities/Infrastructure Imp.
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Five Point Station Project ( House Bill 2637 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $3.5 million for the Five Point Station Project.
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Character Speaks Adult Reentry Program ( House Bill 2867 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $140,000 for the Character Speaks Adult Reentry Program.
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Archer Collection and Treatment System ( House Bill 3507 )
What it does: Provides an appropriation of $1,000,000 for the Archer Collection and Treatment System.
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Restoration of Civil Rights ( House Joint Resolution 59 )
What it does: Proposes amendment to State Constitution to authorize Legislature to prescribe additional circumstances under which certain fines & forfeitures may be suspended or remitted, reprieves may be granted, civil rights may be restored, & punishments may be commuted.
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Emergency Medical Air Transportation Services ( House Bill 943 )
What it does: Directs DOH to establish Emergency Medical Air Transportation Act Account within Emergency Medical Services Trust Fund; provides conditions for department to increase Florida Medicaid reimbursement payments to emergency medical air transportation services providers.
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Restoration of Civil Rights ( House Bill 61 )
What it does: Designates act as “Restoration of Civil Rights Act”; provides for automatic restoration of former felon’s civil rights, other than right to own, possess, or use firearms, following completion of sentence of incarceration & community supervision; provides conditions for & exemptions from automatic restoration; provides for education concerning civil rights of people who have felony convictions; provides retroactive applicability.
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License Plate Decals for Organ Donors ( House Bill 685 )
What it does: Authorizes motor vehicle owner or lessee to request issuance of license plate decal identifying him or her as organ, tissue, or eye donor; requires DHSMV to issue decal free of charge.
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All bills by senators

Dennis Baxley (R – Lake, Marion, Sumter)

Mental Health and Substance Abuse ( Senate Bill 960 )
Employment Services for Persons with Disabilities ( Senate Bill 648 ) What it does: Specifying that participants in certain disabled persons’ work experience activities are considered state employees for workers’ compensation purposes, etc.
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Home Education ( Senate Bill 732 )
What it does: Specifying that a home education program is not a school district program and is registered with the district school superintendent only for the purpose of complying with the state’s attendance requirements; authorizing a school district to provide home education program students with access to certain courses and programs offered by the school district; prohibiting a district school superintendent from requiring certain evidence relating to a child’s age from children enrolled in specified schools and programs, etc.
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Public Meetings ( Senate Bill 192 )
What it does: Specifying conditions under which members of any board or commission of any state agency or authority or of any agency or authority of any county, municipal corporation, or political subdivision may participate in fact-finding exercises or excursions, etc.
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Homeowners' Associations ( Senate Bill 734 )
What it does: Revising the uses of the Florida Condominiums, Timeshares, and Mobile Homes Trust Fund to include reimbursement of costs to the Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares, and Mobile Homes for the administration and operation of the Homeowners’ Association Act; providing a cause of action for a member against a community association manager or management firm under certain circumstances; revising circumstances under which members other than the developer are entitled to elect at least a majority of the board of directors of the homeowners’ association, etc.
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Educational Standards for K-12 Public Schools ( Senate Bill 966 )
What it does: Revising the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards; providing that such standards are the minimum baseline core content standards for K-12 public schools; revising the requirements for instructional materials that a district school superintendent annually certifies, etc.
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Public Assistance Fraud ( Senate Bill 1232 )
What it does: Revising the maximum reward paid to persons providing certain information leading to the recovery of certain fraudulent public assistance payments; directing state-retained shares of recovered public assistance overpayments to be held in the Federal Grants Trust Fund; revising the definition of the term “criminal justice agency” to include the fraud investigations component of the department, etc.
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Deferred Presentment Transactions ( Senate Bill 642 )
What it does: Revising the maximum interest, fees, and charges that deferred presentment providers or their affiliates may charge, collect, or receive in deferred presentment transactions, etc.
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Voting Systems ( Senate Bill 964 )
What it does: Revising the definition of the term “marksense ballots” for purposes of the Florida Election Code; providing applicability of specified ballot requirements to a voter interface device, etc.
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Management of Storm-generated Debris and Solid Waste ( Senate Bill 1326 )
What it does: Revising the definition of “recovered materials” to include certain wood, asphalt, and concrete materials; requiring local governments to suspend exclusive contracts for the collection, hauling, staging, or disposal of storm-generated debris and solid waste under certain conditions; prohibiting local governments from entering into and extending such contracts after a specified date, etc.
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Dual Enrollment Programs ( Senate Bill 1064 )
What it does: Revising the contents of a postsecondary institution and private school dual enrollment articulation agreement, etc.
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Water Management District Surplus Lands ( Senate Bill 806 )
What it does: Revising the circumstances when a water management district must publish its intention to sell surplus lands; revising the process for selling certain lower valued surplus lands, etc.
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Retail Theft ( Senate Bill 1040 )
What it does: Revising requirements for aggregation of retail thefts that constitute a higher degree of offense; prohibiting specified acts involving merchandise or a stored value card obtained from a fraudulent return, etc.
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Virtual Education ( Senate Bill 1198 )
What it does: Requiring the Florida Virtual School to give enrollment priority to dependent children of certain active duty military personnel; requiring that certain examinations and assessments be available to all Florida Virtual School students; requiring that dependent children of active duty military personnel be given first preference for admission to the Florida Virtual School, etc.
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Veteran Identification ( Senate Bill 328 )
What it does: Requiring the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to create a veteran identification card for certain purposes; authorizing use of the card as proof of veteran status for expedited processing of an application for a license to carry a concealed weapon or firearm, etc.
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Adoptee Birth Certificates ( Senate Bill 576 )
What it does: Requiring the Department of Health to issue a noncertified copy of an original birth certificate to certain adoptees under certain conditions; requiring the department to maintain a birth parent’s contact preference and medical history form, etc.
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Criminal Judgments ( Senate Bill 1230 )
What it does: Requiring that all judgments of guilty and not guilty for felonies and misdemeanors be documented in a written or electronic record; requiring a judge to cause to be gathered, either manually or electronically, in his or her presence in open court the fingerprints and social security number of a defendant found guilty of a felony or a misdemeanor; deleting provisions requiring judgments of guilt for certain violations to be in writing, signed by a judge, and recorded by a clerk of the circuit court, etc.
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Early Childhood Education ( Senate Bill 1334 )
What it does: Requiring schools designated as one of the 300 lowest-performing elementary schools to include an Early Childhood Transition Team in their required school improvement plans; requiring the team to develop a transition plan that contains certain elements, etc.
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Health Benefit Coverage for Prescription Eye Drop Refills ( Senate Bill 924 )
What it does: Requiring health insurance policies providing coverage for certain prescription eye drops to provide coverage for eye drop prescription refills under certain circumstances; providing applicability of prescription eye drop refill coverage requirements to group health insurance, blanket health insurance, and franchise health insurance, etc.
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Operation of Vehicles ( Senate Bill 116 )
What it does: Requiring drivers to vacate lanes closest to, or reduce speed and pass, vulnerable road users, authorized emergency, sanitation, and utility service vehicles or workers, and wrecker operators under certain circumstances, subject to certain requirements, etc.
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Insurance Coverage for Hearing Aids for Children ( Senate Bill 890 )
What it does: Requiring certain health insurance policies to provide hearing aid coverage for insured children, etc.
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Direct-support Organization of the Florida Commission on Community Service ( Senate Bill 1500 )
What it does: Removing the scheduled repeal of provisions governing the commission’s direct-support organization, etc.
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Administrative Review of Property Taxes ( Senate Bill 650 )
What it does: Providing that under certain circumstances, petitions to the value adjustment board may be late filed within a specified timeframe, subject to certain limitations, etc.
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John M. McKay Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program ( Senate Bill 1080 )
What it does: Providing that specified eligibility requirements do not apply to students in certain grades beginning in a specified school year; revising student eligibility criteria; providing for the calculation of the scholarship amount for students diagnosed with a disability by certain physicians or psychologists; providing for the adjustment of the scholarship amount under certain circumstances, etc.
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Gaming Machines or Devices ( Senate Bill 1770 )
What it does: Providing civil penalties; revising the definition of the term “slot machine or device”, etc.
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Transportation Facility Designations/Nelle W. Needham Memorial Highway ( Senate Bill 1066 )
What it does: Providing an honorary designation of a certain transportation facility in a specified county, etc.
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Mortgage Brokering ( Senate Bill 314 )
What it does: Providing an exemption from regulation under parts I and II of ch. 494, F.S., for certain securities dealers, investment advisers, and associated persons, etc.
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Public Records/Surplus Lands ( Senate Bill 808 )
What it does: Providing an exemption for valuations, certain records, and sales offers for sales related to surplus lands; authorizing disclosure of such records under certain circumstances; providing a statement of public necessity, etc.
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School Safety ( Senate Bill 1236 )
What it does: Providing an exception to a prohibition on possessing firearms or other specified devices on school property or other specified areas for authorized concealed weapon or firearm licensees who are designated by school principals or district school superintendents; requiring district school boards to formulate and prescribe policies and procedures for active shooter and hostage situations; requiring a district school superintendent to provide specified agencies with certain strategy and activity recommendations to improve school safety and security, etc.
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Percentage of Elector Votes Required to Approve an Amendment or a Revision ( Senate Joint Resolution 978 )
What it does: Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to increase the percentage of elector votes required to approve an amendment or a revision to the State Constitution from 60 percent to 66 and 2/3 percent, etc.
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Specialty License Plates/Ronald Reagan License Plate ( Senate Bill 468 )
What it does: Directing the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to develop a Ronald Reagan license plate; establishing an annual use fee for the plate; providing for distribution and use of fees collected from the sale of the plates, etc.
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STEMI Registry ( Senate Bill 1032 )
What it does: Directing the Department of Health to establish a statewide, centralized registry of persons who have symptoms associated with ST-elevation myocardial infarctions (STEMI); requiring certain health care facilities to report to the registry specified data on the treatment of STEMI patients; providing immunity from liability, etc.
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Mental Health and Substance Abuse ( Senate Bill 960 )
What it does: Deleting a provision requiring the Department of Children and Families to develop a certification process by rule for community substance abuse prevention coalitions; requiring the department to request a defendant’s medical information from a county jail within a certain timeframe after receiving a completed commitment packet order and other required documentation, etc.
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Defrauding or Attempting to Defraud Drug Tests ( Senate Bill 886 )
What it does: Defining the term “adulterant”; prohibiting a person from defrauding or attempting to defraud a certain hair follicle test; prohibiting a person from giving away or transporting into this state a substance or device that is used with intent to defraud or in attempts to defraud a lawfully administered hair follicle test designed to detect the presence of chemical substances or controlled substances, etc.
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Prohibited Conduct Between Authority Figures and Students ( Senate Bill 736 )
What it does: Defining terms; prohibiting an authority figure from soliciting or engaging in sexual conduct or a romantic relationship with a student; prohibiting an authority figure from soliciting or engaging in lewd conduct with a student; providing a criminal penalty, etc.
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Patient's Choice of Providers ( Senate Bill 714 )
What it does: Citing this act as the “Patient’s Freedom of Choice of Providers Act”; prohibiting a health insurer from excluding a willing and qualified health care provider from participating in the health insurer’s provider network under certain circumstances, etc.
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Developmental Disabilities ( Senate Bill 242 )
What it does: Citing this act as the “Gabe’s Act”; revising the term “developmental disability” to include the disorder and symptoms attributable to Duchenne muscular dystrophy, etc.
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Government Actions Discriminating Against Businesses ( Senate Bill 1290 )
What it does: Citing this act as the “Free Enterprise Protection Act”; prohibiting certain discriminatory actions by governmental entities against business entities, etc.
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Free Expression on Campus ( Senate Bill 1234 )
What it does: Citing this act as the “Campus Free Expression Act”; Authorizing a public institution of higher education to create and enforce certain restrictions relating to expressive activities on campus; providing for a cause of action against a public institution of higher education for violations of the act, etc.
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Registration of Home Caregivers ( Senate Bill 1362 )
What it does: Authorizing local governmental authorities to establish a registration program for home caregivers under certain conditions, etc.
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Subpoenas in Investigations of Sexual Offenses ( Senate Bill 618 )
What it does: Authorizing an investigative or law enforcement officer conducting an investigation into specified matters to subpoena certain persons or entities for the production of records, documents, or other tangible things and testimony; prohibiting the use of a subpoena to compel records, documents, or other tangible objects protected under certain circumstances; authorizing a court to punish a person who does not comply with a subpoena as indirect criminal contempt, etc.
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Out-of-school Suspension ( Senate Bill 496 )
What it does: Authorizing a parent to give public testimony regarding a district school board’s suspension policy at a specified meeting; requiring a district school board to review its rules authorizing suspension during a specified timeframe at a district school board meeting; requiring the board to take public testimony at the meeting, etc.
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Firearms ( Senate Bill 1048 )
What it does: Authorizing a church, a synagogue, or other religious institution to allow a concealed weapons or concealed firearms licensee to carry a firearm on the property of the church, synagogue, or religious institution for certain purposes, etc.
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Ratification of Rules of the St. Johns River Water Management District ( Senate Bill 670 )
What it does: Ratifying a specified rule relating to supplemental regulatory measures for the minimum flows and levels of Silver Springs, designated as an Outstanding Florida Spring under s. 373.802(4), F.S., for the sole and exclusive purpose of satisfying any condition on effectiveness pursuant to specified provisions which requires ratification of any rule meeting any specified thresholds of likely adverse impact or increase in regulatory costs, etc.
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Rob Bradley (R – Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Lafayette, Levy, Marion, Suwannee, Union)

Ratification of Rules of the St. Johns River Water Management District ( Senate Bill 670 )
What it does: Ratifying a specified rule relating to supplemental regulatory measures for the minimum flows and levels of Silver Springs, designated as an Outstanding Florida Spring under s. 373.802(4), F.S., for the sole and exclusive purpose of satisfying any condition on effectiveness pursuant to specified provisions which requires ratification of any rule meeting any specified thresholds of likely adverse impact or increase in regulatory costs, etc.
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Deferred Presentment Transactions ( Senate Bill 920 )
What it does: Specifying the maximum face amount of checks which may be taken for deferred presentment installment transactions, exclusive of fees; providing an exception to a prohibition against a deferred presentment provider’s or its affiliate’s presentment of a drawer’s check before the end of the deferment period, etc.
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Land Acquisition Trust Fund ( CS/Senate Bill 204 )
What it does: Revising the specified appropriation for spring restoration, protection, and management projects; requiring a specified appropriation for certain projects related to the St. Johns River and its tributaries or the Keystone Heights Lake Region, etc.
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Land Acquisition Trust Fund ( Senate Bill 370 )
What it does: Requiring a specified annual appropriation ($100 million) to the Florida Forever Trust Fund, etc.
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Vegetable Gardens ( Senate Bill 1776 )
What it does: Prohibiting local governments from regulating vegetable gardens on residential properties except as otherwise provided by law, etc.
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Beverage Law ( Senate Bill 1224 )
What it does: Authorizing a malt beverage distributor to give branded glassware to vendors licensed to sell malt beverages for on-premises consumption; requiring that the glassware bear certain branding; prohibiting a vendor from selling the branded glassware or returning it to a distributor for cash, credit, or replacement, etc.
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Sentencing ( CS/Senate Bill 484 )
What it does: Authorizing a court to sentence offenders to a county jail for up to 24 months under certain circumstances for offenses committed after a specified date; prohibiting an offender from receiving gain-time or other sentence credit that would result in the offender serving less than 85 percent of his or her sentence; providing that contracts are contingent upon an appropriation, etc.
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Keith Perry (R – Alachua, Marion, Putnam)

Florida LAKEWATCH Program ( Senate Bill 1118 )
What it does: Specifying that the Florida LAKEWATCH Program resides within the School of Forest Resources and Conservation’s Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Program at the University of Florida; revising the duties of the Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Program, etc.
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Metropolitan Planning Organizations ( Senate Bill 1516 )
What it does: Revising voting membership requirements for metropolitan planning organizations according to population; requiring metropolitan planning organizations to comply with certain provisions by a specified date, etc.
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Environmental Regulation ( Senate Bill 1308 )
What it does: Revising the required provisions of the water resource implementation rule; requiring the Department of Environmental Protection and the water management districts to develop and enter into a memorandum of agreement providing for a coordinated review of any reclaimed water project requiring a reclaimed water facility permit, an underground injection control permit, and a consumptive use permit; prohibiting counties and municipalities from requiring the recycling of contaminated recyclable material, etc.
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Use of Wireless Communications Devices While Driving ( CS/Senate Bill 90 )
What it does: Revising the legislative intent relating to the authorization of law enforcement officers to stop motor vehicles and issue citations to persons who are texting while driving; requiring deposit of fines into the Emergency Medical Services Trust Fund; requiring a law enforcement officer to inform a person who is stopped for texting while driving of the person’s right to decline a search of his or her wireless communications device, etc.
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Affordable Housing ( Senate Bill 1328 )
What it does: Revising the criteria that counties and municipalities must use when evaluating real property as part of their inventory for disposal of lands; prohibiting local governments from charging certain impact fees for a specified period; creating the Hurricane Housing Recovery Program to provide funds for specified purposes related to affordable housing; providing a process for certain entities to dispose of surplus lands for use for the construction of affordable housing, etc.
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Highway Memorial Markers ( Senate Bill 206 )
What it does: Requiring the Department of Transportation to establish a process, including the adoption of any forms deemed necessary by the department, for submitting applications for installation of a memorial marker; authorizing the department to install a certain sign at no charge to an applicant; authorizing an applicant to request an emblem of belief not specifically approved by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration for incorporation in a memorial marker, subject to certain requirements, etc.
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Florida Construction Workforce Task Force ( Senate Bill 1642 )
What it does: Requiring the Department of Education to submit to the Governor and the Legislature a plan regarding recommendations by the Florida Construction Workforce Task Force by a specified date, etc.
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Growth Management ( Senate Bill 362 )
What it does: Requiring local governments to address the protection of private property rights in their comprehensive plans; requiring the comprehensive plan to include a private property rights element that sets forth principles, guidelines, standards, and strategies to achieve certain objectives; providing a deadline by which each local government must adopt a private property rights element; requiring the state land planning agency to approve the private property rights element adopted by each local government if it is substantially in a specified form, etc.
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Reading Instruction ( Senate Bill 1306 )
What it does: Requiring K-12 comprehensive reading plans to provide for intensive reading interventions that are delivered by teachers who meet certain criteria beginning with a specified school year; requiring the Department of Education to consider the award of endorsements for a teaching certificate to individuals who hold specified certifications or who complete specified programs that meet certain criteria in a specified review; requiring school districts to provide access to training sufficient for certain instructional personnel to earn an endorsement in reading, etc.
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Display of the State Motto ( Senate Bill 1158 )
What it does: Requiring each district school board to adopt rules for the display of the official state motto in specified places, etc.
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Restoration of Civil Rights ( Senate Bill 1332 )
What it does: Requiring an application for the restoration of civil rights that has been submitted before a specified date which qualifies as a priority application to be processed and the investigation completed before certain other applications; requiring the Department of Law Enforcement to conduct the portion of the investigation related to an applicant’s criminal history background screening under certain circumstances; requiring the applicant to keep the Florida Commission on Offender Review informed of his or her correct address, including his or her e-mail address, throughout the clemency process; requiring an applicant to be given a specified period of time to remedy any incomplete portions or discrepancies of the application, etc.
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Permit Fees ( Senate Bill 1144 )
What it does: Requiring a local government authorized to charge certain fees to post its permit fee and inspection fee schedule on its website with a link to a specified building permit and inspection report; requiring the governing body of a local government, before making any adjustment to a fee schedule, to publish a building permit and inspection report and post it on the local government’s website, etc.
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Expert Witnesses ( Senate Bill 1120 )
What it does: Requiring a court to pay reasonable fees to members of an examining committee for their evaluation and testimony regarding persons with disabilities; authorizing, rather than requiring, a court to appoint up to two additional experts to evaluate a defendant suspected of having an intellectual disability or autism under certain circumstances; authorizing a court to take less restrictive action than commitment if an expert finds a child incompetent, etc.
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University of Florida ( Senate Resolution 1162 )
What it does: Recognizing the University of Florida for its exemplary accomplishments as a leading academic and research institution, as well as for its contributions to the betterment of the state and nation, etc.
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Public Nuisances ( Senate Bill 1300 )
What it does: Providing that the use of a location by a criminal gang, criminal gang members, or criminal gang associates for the purpose of engaging in criminal gang-related activity is a public nuisance; providing that any place or premises that has been used on more than two occasions within a certain period as the site of specified violations is declared a nuisance and may be abated or enjoined pursuant to specified provisions, etc.
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Self-service Storage Facilities ( Senate Bill 898 )
What it does: Providing that advertisement of a sale or disposition of property may be published on certain websites, etc.
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Transportation Facility Designations/Tom Petty Memorial Highway ( CS/Senate Bill 684 )
What it does: Providing an honorary designation of a certain transportation facility in a specified county; directing the Department of Transportation to erect suitable markers, etc.
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Tax on Sales, Use, and Other Transactions ( Senate Bill 686 )
What it does: Providing an exemption from the sales and use tax for the sale of certain clothing, wallets, bags, school supplies, and personal computers and related accessories during a specified period; providing exceptions to the exemption, etc. Requests appropriation of $225,000.
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Public Records/ First Responder Network Authority/Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network ( Senate Bill 988 )
What it does: Providing an exemption from public records requirements for information obtained by persons or agencies from the First Responder Network Authority and information relating to the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network obtained by persons or agencies from entities operating pursuant to a contract with the First Responder Network Authority; providing for future legislative review and repeal of the exemption; providing a statement of public necessity, etc.
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Public Records and Public Meetings/Firesafety System Plans ( Senate Bill 738 )
What it does: Providing an exemption from public records requirements for firesafety system plans held by an agency; providing an exemption from public records and public meetings requirements for information relating to firesafety systems for certain properties and meetings relating to such systems and information; providing for future legislative review and repeal of the exemptions; providing a statement of public necessity, etc.
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Tax on Commercial Real Property ( Senate Bill 902 )
What it does: Providing a specified exemption from the tax imposed on rental or license fees charged for the use of commercial real property; authorizing the Department of Revenue to review any lease, license, or other information for certain purposes; providing for the future repeal of provisions relating to the imposition of a tax on the rental or license fees charged for the use of commercial real property, etc.
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Public Records ( Senate Bill 750 )
What it does: Prohibiting an agency that receives a request to inspect or copy a record from responding to such request by filing a civil action against the individual or entity making the request, etc.
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Child Restraint Requirements ( Senate Bill 728 )
What it does: Increasing the age of children for whom operators of motor vehicles must provide protection by using a crash-tested, federally approved child restraint device; increasing the age of children for whom a separate carrier, an integrated child seat, or a child booster seat may be used, etc.
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Motorcycle and Moped Riders ( CS/Senate Bill 346 )
What it does: Increasing the age at which persons who are operating or riding upon a certain motorcycle or a moped are exempt from protective headgear requirements; requiring a moped registered to a person under a specified age to display a license plate that is unique in design and color, etc.
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Airports ( Senate Bill 1350 )
What it does: Increasing eligibility for certain funding by the Department of Transportation to include airports that have fewer than a specified number of commercial passenger enplanements annually, etc.
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Early Childhood Music Education Incentive Pilot Program ( Senate Bill 654 )
What it does: Extending the scheduled expiration of the pilot program, etc. Requests appropriation of $300,000.
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Missing Persons with Special Needs ( Senate Bill 1156 )
What it does: Expanding pilot projects for missing persons with special needs to all centers for autism and related disabilities at institutions in the State University System, etc.
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Housing Finance Authorities ( Senate Bill 730 )
What it does: Exempting from taxation certain notes and mortgages, including interest or income, that are part of a loan made by or on behalf of a housing financing authority, etc.
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Regulatory Reform ( Senate Bill 1268 )
What it does: Establishing the Red Tape Reduction Advisory Council within the Executive Office of the Governor; requiring the Administrative Procedures Committee to establish a regulatory baseline of agency rules; providing that a proposed rule may not cause the total number of rules to exceed the regulatory baseline; requiring an agency proposing a rule to submit a rule replacement request to the committee; providing that a rule replacement request or an exemption request may not be approved until the initial regulatory baseline has been reduced by a specified amount, etc.
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Reading Scholarship Accounts ( Senate Bill 1820 )
What it does: Establishing reading scholarship accounts for specified purposes; providing that maximum funding shall be specified in the General Appropriations Act; specifying that no state liability arises from the award or use of such an account, etc.
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Transportation ( Senate Bill 1170 )
What it does: Directing the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to develop an Ethical Ecotourism license plate; creating a special license plate for recipients of the Bronze Star Medal, etc.
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Autocycles ( Senate Bill 504 )
What it does: Defining the term “autocycle” requiring safety belt or, if applicable, child restraint usage by an operator or passenger of an autocycle; including an autocycle in the definition of the term “motorcycle” authorizing a person to operate an autocycle without a motorcycle endorsement, etc.
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Public Records/United States Census Bureau ( Senate Bill 1078 )
What it does: Creating an exemption from public records requirements for specified United States Census Bureau address information held by an agency; providing for future legislative review and repeal of the exemption; providing a statement of public necessity, etc.
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Economic Development and Tourism Promotion Accountability ( Senate Bill 1714 )
What it does: Authorizing the Auditor General to audit certain accounts and records; prohibiting a tourism promotion agency from expending funds that directly benefit only one business entity; authorizing the Governor or Chief Financial Officer to cease distributing certain tax revenues to certain noncompliant tourism promotion agencies; requiring the governing board of a county to review certain proposed contracts and certifications relating to potential conflicts of interest and mitigation plans, etc.
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Property Tax Administration ( Senate Bill 1406 )
What it does: Authorizing property appraisers to contract for services to examine or audit homestead tax exemptions claimed on assessment rolls; specifying the sole source of, and a limit on, a contractorΓÇÖs compensation, etc.
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Community Development Districts ( Senate Bill 1348 )
What it does: Authorizing adjacent lands located within the county or municipality which a petitioner anticipates adding to the boundaries of a new community development district to also be identified in a petition to establish the new district under certain circumstances; providing that the amendment of a district by the addition of a parcel does not alter the transition from landowner voting to qualified elector voting; requiring the petitioner to cause to be recorded a certain notice of boundary amendment upon adoption of the ordinance expanding the district, etc.
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License Plate Decals for Organ Donors ( Senate Bill 1154 )
What it does: Authorizing a certain owner or lessee of a motor vehicle to request issuance of a license plate decal identifying him or her as an organ, tissue, or eye donor; requiring the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to issue the decal free of charge, etc.
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Volunteer Florida, Inc. ( Senate Bill 1110 )
What it does: Abrogating the future repeal date of the nonprofit direct-support organization established by the Florida Commission on Community Service, etc.
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