Legislative Update – March 2016

March 11,2016 was the conclusion of the the 60th day of the Legislative session. Constitutionally, this is the scheduled last day. All of the real work on the budget for next year was completed earlier in the week; however, the Legislature is not allowed to vote on the budget until after a 72 hour cooling off period. The final budget report was printed on Tuesday March 8, 2016. Passing the budget is Constitutionally the only item that must be done; however, each member of the legislature has other priority bills that they work on. Final passage on most bills (where they actually go to the governor) happens during the last two days of the session. Often, there are issues that either the House or the Senate want more than the other. To get everything done, bills are piled into “trains” in order to facilitate the horse trading of… I’ll take your bill if you will take mine. When all of the business is done, the Legislature traditionally has a sine die ceremony. The members of each house march out of their chambers and gather in the lobby between the chambers on the 4th floor of the Capitol. Usually, the Governor will join them with the Speaker of the House and President of the Senate in honored positions. The Sargent At Arms of each of the houses each hold white handkerchiefs which they drop at the exact same time to signify the end of business for the year. Afterward, the Governor, Speaker and President typically make some speeches. When the end of session is less than cordial, the ceremony is occasionally lost altogether. Please find below information about what bills passed during this session and a brief explanation about each . The document below shows bills that passed this session in their final “enrolled” form. The last two bills to be enrolled were finalized on March 14.2016. In a surprising move largely because the budget had not been delivered to the Governor, yet, the Governor’s office announced March 15th that he will sign the budget and provided a list of over $250 million in project vetoes. Nothing in this veto list would require a special session to continue funding for any standing department of the state, so legislative activity will almost certainly die down until after the election with the possible exception of the Seminole Compact or other nagging issue. In the event there is any activity regarding any unfinished legislation I will write about that during the next few months.

ENROLLED BILLS… SB 0124 Relating to Public-private Partnerships Evers Public-private Partnerships; Deleting provisions creating the Public-Private Partnership Guidelines Task Force; requiring a private entity that submits an unsolicited proposal to pay an initial application fee and additional amounts if the fee does not cover certain costs; deleting provisions relating to notice to affected local jurisdictions; authorizing a negotiated portion of revenues from fee-generating uses to be returned to the responsible public entity, etc.  Effective Date: 7/1/2016
03/08/16  SENATE Enrolled Text (ER) Filed SB 0126 Relating to Public Records And Public Meetings/Public-private Partnerships Evers Public Records and Public Meetings/Public-private Partnerships; Transferring, renumbering, and amending provisions relating to public-private partnerships for public facilities and infrastructure; providing an exemption from public records requirements for a specified period for unsolicited proposals received by a responsible public entity; providing an exemption from public records requirements for a specified period for the recording of, and any records generated during, a closed meeting; providing for future legislative review and repeal of the exemptions; providing a statement of public necessity, etc. Effective Date: On the same date that SB 124 or similar legislation takes effect, if such legislation is adopted in the same legislative session or an extension thereof and becomes a law

03/08/16 SENATE Enrolled Text (ER) Filed SB 0230 Relating to Missing Persons with Special Needs Dean Missing Persons with Special Needs; Creating pilot projects in specified counties to provide personal devices to aid search-and-rescue efforts for persons with special needs, etc. APPROPRIATION: $200,000.00 Effective Date: 7/1/2016

03/10/16 SENATE Enrolled Text (ER) Filed HB 0287 Relating to Principal Autonomy Pilot Program Initative Diaz (M) Principal Autonomy Pilot Program Initiative: Creates Principal Autonomy Pilot Program Initiative; provides requirements for participation, exemptions, professional development, funding, rulemaking, & reporting; provides authorization period for participation in program; provides for renewal or revocation of authorization to participate in program; requires district school boards participating in program to provide certain funding allocations; provides additional authority & responsibilities of principal of participating school; provides appropriation.APPROPRIATION: $910,000.00.  Effective Date: July 1, 2016

03/11/16  HOUSE Enrolled Text (ER) Filed HB 0585 Relating to Instruction for Homebound and Hospitalized Students Burgess Instruction for Homebound and Hospitalized Students: Requires school districts to provide instruction to homebound or hospitalized students; provides for student eligibility, methods of providing instruction to homebound or hospitalized students, & initiation of services.  Effective Date: July 1, 2016

03/11/16  HOUSE Enrolled Text (ER) Filed  HB 1305 Relating to Student Health Eagle Student Health: Revises definition of “authorized entity”; authorizes public school or private school to receive for free or purchase at fair market value or at reduced prices supply of epinephrine auto-injectors from certain entities.  Effective Date: July 1, 2016

03/09/16 HOUSE Enrolled Text (ER) Filed HB 5001 Relating to General Appropriations Act Appropriations Committee General Appropriations Act: Provides moneys for annual period beginning July 1, 2016, & ending June 30, 2017, & supplemental appropriations for period ending June 30, 2016, to pay salaries & other expenses, capital outlay—buildings & other improvements, & for other specified purposes of various agencies of state government.APPROPRIATION: $79,980,696,121.00 Effective Date: Not Specified

03/11/16 HOUSE Ordered engrossed, then enrolled HB 5003 Relating to Implementing the 2016-2017 General Appropriations Act Appropriations Committee Implementing the 2016-2017 General Appropriations Act: Implements specific appropriations of the General Appropriations Act for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. Effective Date: July 1, 2016

03/11/16 SENATE Ordered engrossed, then enrolled HB 5005 Relating to State-administered Retirement Systems Appropriations Committee State-administered Retirement Systems: Revises required employer retirement contribution rates for members of certain membership classes & subclasses of FRS; revises employer assessment to offset costs of administering investment plan & providing educational services; provides finding of important state interest. Effective Date: July 1, 2016

03/11/16 HOUSE Ordered engrossed, then enrolled HB 7019 Relating to Postsecondary Access and Affordability Higher Education & Workforce Subcommittee Postsecondary Access and Affordability: Specifies that instructional material costs are not included in tuition for certain online programs; requires BOG & SBE to submit annual report on college affordability; revises provisions relating to textbook & instructional materials affordability; requires certain universities & institutions to provide public notice relating to tuition and fees; & revises provisions relating to tuition differential. Effective Date: July 1, 2016

03/10/16 HOUSE Enrolled Text (ER) Filed HB 7029 Relating to School Choice Choice & Innovation Subcommittee School Choice: Revises provisions relating to charter schools, virtual education, Credit Acceleration Program, FEFP, educator professional development, & charter school capital outlay funding; creates High Impact Charter Network & Florida Institute for Charter School Innovation. Effective Date: July 1, 2016

03/11/16  HOUSE Ordered engrossed, then enrolled HB 7053 Relating to Child Care and Development Block Grant Program Education Committee Child Care and Development Block Grant Program: Expands list of entities that have access to child abuse records for approving providers of school readiness services; requires school readiness program providers to provide DCF & local licensing agencies with access for inspection purposes; requires certain child care providers to submit affidavit of compliance with licensure requirements of ch. 402, F.S., & federal law; provides criteria for exemption from disqualification for employment with school readiness program provider; revises duties of OEL; revises provisions relating to child & parent eligibility for school readiness programs. Effective Date: July 1, 2016

03/11/16 HOUSE Ordered engrossed, then enrolled SB 7076 Relating to Legislature Ethics and Elections Legislature; Fixing the date for convening the 2018 Regular Session of the Legislature, etc. Effective Date: Upon becoming a law

03/08/16 SENATE Enrolled Text (ER) Filed BILLS PRESENTED TO THE GOVERNOR HB 0189 Relating to Teacher Certification Diaz (M) Teacher Certification: Provides alternative requirements for earning professional educator certificate covering certain grades. Effective Date: July 1, 2016

03/11/16 Signed by Officers and presented to Governor (Governor has until 03/26/16 to act on this bill) HB 0229 Relating to Bullying and Harassment Policies in Schools Geller Bullying and Harassment Policies in Schools: Requiring each school district to review its bullying and harassment policy at specified intervals; requiring each school principal to implement the bullying and harassment policy in a certain manner and integrate it with the school’s bullying prevention and intervention program; providing a short title for chapter 2010-217, Laws of Florida, relating to requirements for health education curricula and district school board policies on teen dating violence and abuse, etc. Effective Date: July 1, 2016

03/10/16 HOUSE Enrolled Text (ER) Filed Legislative Update Continued on HB 0249 Relating to Culinary Education Programs Moskowitz Culinary Education Programs: Provides for applicability of DOH sanitation rules to licensed culinary education program; permits culinary education program with public food service establishment license to obtain alcoholic beverage license under certain conditions. Effective Date: July 1, 2016

03/11/16 Signed by Officers and presented to Governor (Governor has until 03/26/16 to act on this bill) HB 0373 Relating to Mental Health Counseling Interns Burgess Mental Health Counseling Interns: Revises mental health intern registration requirements; revises requirements for supervision of registered interns; deletes specified education & experience requirements; establishes validity period & provides for expiration of intern registrations; requires licensed mental health professional to be on premises when registered intern provides services in clinical social work, marriage & family therapy, & mental health counseling; deletes clinical experience requirement for such registered interns; deletes provision requiring that certain registered interns meet educational requirements for licensure. Effective Date: July 1, 2016

specified funding calculations; creates transition-to-work program for specific students enrolled in program; provides for requirements & participation. Effective Date: July 1, 2016
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03/09/16 Signed by Officers and presented to Governor (Governor has until 03/24/16 to act on this bill) HB 0439 Relating to Mental Health Services in the Criminal Justice System McBurney Mental Health Services in the Criminal Justice System: Expanding eligibility for military veterans and servicemembers court programs; authorizing the creation of treatment-based mental health court programs; creating the Forensic Hospital Diversion Pilot Program; authorizing courts to order certain offenders on probation or community control to postadjudicatory mental health court programs, etc. Effective Date: July 1, 2016

03/11/16 Signed by Officers and presented to Governor (Governor has until 03/26/16 to act on this bill) HB 0701 Relating to Art in the Capitol Competition Lee Jr. (L) Art in the Capitol Competition: Creates the “Art in the Capitol Competition” for students in specified grades; provides procedures for student participation, notification, & selection & display of winning submissions. Effective Date: July 1, 2016

03/09/16 Signed by Officers and presented to Governor (Governor has until 03/24/16 to act on this bill) HB 0793 Relating to Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program O’Toole Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program: Provides that initial award period & renewal period for students who are unable to accept initial award immediately after high school due to specific obligations begins upon completion of obligation; requires student, as prerequisite for certain awards, to identify social or civic issue or professional area of interest & develop specified plan; creates Florida Gold Seal CAPE Scholars award; provides appropriation. APPROPRIATION: $66,468.00. Effective Date: upon becoming a law

03/09/16 Signed by Officers and presented to Governor (Governor has until 03/24/16 to act on this bill) HB 0837 Relating to John M. McKay Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program Bileca John M. McKay Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program: Provides certain students enrolled in John M. McKay Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program are exempt from specific provisions & scholarship awards are not subject to specified funding calculations; creates transition-to-work program for specific students enrolled in program; provides for requirements & participation. Effective Date: July 1, 2016

03/11/16 Signed by Officers and presented to Governor (Governor has until 03/26/16 to act on this bill) HB 1033 Relating to Information Technology Security Artiles Information Technology Security; Revising the membership of the Technology Advisory Council to include a cybersecurity expert; revising the duties of the Agency for State Technology; providing for the establishment of computer security incident response teams within state agencies; requiring the agency to establish an information technology policy for certain state contracts, etc. Effective Date: July 1, 2016

03/10/16 Signed by Officers and presented to Governor (Governor has until 03/25/16 to act on this bill) HB 1039 Relating to Babcock Ranch Community Independent Special District, Charlotte and Lee Counties Caldwell Babcock Ranch Community Independent Special District, Charlotte and Lee Counties: Expands district boundaries of Babcock Ranch Community Independent Special District to include areas of Lee County; requires referendum. Effective Date: upon approval by a majority vote of the owners of land within the district, including land in Charlotte and Lee Counties

03/11/16 Signed by Officers and presented to Governor (Governor has until 03/26/16 to act on this bill) HB 1147 Relating to Character-development Instruction Latvala (C) Character-development Instruction: Requires character-development programs to provide certain instruction to students in grades 9-12. Effective Date: July 1, 2016

03/11/16 Signed by Officers and presented to Governor (Governor has until 03/26/16 to act on this bill)
HB 1365 Relating to Competency-Based Education Pilot Program Rodrigues (R) Competency-Based Education Pilot Program: Creates Competency-Based Education Pilot Program; provides for program participation, application requirements, exemption from specified rules, student funding, & duties of DOE. Effective Date: July 1, 2016

03/11/16 Signed by Officers and presented to Governor (Governor has until 03/26/16 to act on this bill) BILLS SIGNED INTO LAW SB 0672 Relating to Educational Options Gaetz (D) Educational Options; Creating the “Florida Postsecondary Comprehensive Transition Program Act”; establishing student eligibility requirements for enrollment in the program; establishing the Florida Center for Students with Unique Abilities; establishing a Florida Postsecondary Comprehensive Transition Program Scholarship for certain qualified students; authorizing certain school districts and charter schools to be eligible to receive incentive payments for implementing a standard student attire policy that meets certain criteria, etc. APPROPRIATION: $93,200,000.00 Effective Date: 7/1/2016

01/21/16 Approved by Governor, Chapter No. 2016-2 HB 0719 Relating to Education Personnel Spano Education Personnel: Revises provisions relating to mandatory reports of child abuse, abandonment, & abuse, confidentiality of reports & records in cases of child abuse or neglect, teacher recruitment & retention, educator liability insurance, Education Practices Commission, & complaints against teachers & administrators; requires DOE to approve school leader preparation programs; provides program requirements. Effective Date: July 1, 2016

03/10/16 Approved by Governor, Chapter No. 2016-58 HB 7003 Relating to Individuals with Disabilities State Affairs Committee Individuals with Disabilities: Establishes Financial Literacy Program for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities within DFS; requires department to develop & implement program in consultation with specified stakeholders; requires qualified public depository to participate in Financial Literacy Program for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities; creates “Employment First Act”; requires specified state agencies & organizations to develop & implement interagency cooperative agreement; requires DEO, in consultation with other entities, to create Florida Unique Abilities Partner Program. Effective Date: July 1, 2016

01/21/16 Approved by Governor, Chapter No. 2016-3  SB 7016 Relating to Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children Military and Veterans Affairs, Space, and Domestic Security Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children; Providing for payment of annual dues for the compact; repealing s. 2 of chapter 2013-20, Laws of Florida; abrogating the future repeal of provisions relating to the compact; providing for contingent retroactive operation, etc. Effective Date: Except as otherwise expressly provided in this act, this act shall take effect April 9, 2016, or if this act fails to become law until after that date, it shall take effect upon becoming a law and operate retroactively to April 9, 2016 03/09/16 Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2016-34

Jeannie Dozier,
Legislative Chair