WELCOME to  SCCF 2020 Legislative Session Tracker

Florida’s 2020 60-day legislative session began  on January 14.  To stay current, SCCF offers you this site to help you track, engage, watch and actively participate in the bills that SCCF is following.

7/1/20  - Bill Update: Governor DeSantis signed in law:

SB 712 - Water Resources

HB 1091 - Environmental Fines

Vetoed:

SB 410 - Growth Management

6/29/20 - Governor DeSantis signed the $92.2 Billion state budget today vetoing over $1 billion dollars of projects - VETO List.  The signed budget does include $100 Million for the Florida Forever land acquisition program.

The Florida fiscal year starts on July 1.  The Governor’s approval of several bills remains pending as they were not tied to the fiscal year.

See which bills have been signed by the Governor and which bills are pending:  2020 Bill Actions Page

Legislative Session Week 10 - March 16-20  Session Ends

Florida’s  2020 Legislative Session  ended on 3/19/20 when the House and Senate approved  a record setting  $93.2 billion dollar budget.

At a post session press conference state leaders said they have a healthy budget reserve to deal with potential revenue implications from the Covid-19 Pandemic but they are prepared to come back to Tallahassee to meet again if the need arises.

The usually crowded FL tradition of celebrating Sine Die with a handkerchief drop had to be done this year by two lone employees standing 6 ft. apart. Sine Die is Latin for “without day” and indicates adjournment without scheduling a further meeting day. The handkerchief drop at Sine Die is a tradition started when the leaders of the House and Senate devised a way to signal to each other  in the rotunda between the chambers (before cell phones of course) to mutually pound the gavel in each house and formally end the session.

The following highlights action from the 2020 Legislative session:

Budget  detail:  HB 5001 - Appropriation Bill full text

Everglades Restoration – The Everglades received $327 million for restoration  projects  from  the Legislature.

Florida Forever - The Florida Forever Land Acquisition Program received $100 million which is an improvement over the FY 19-20 allocation of $33 million but falls far short of the $300 million the program received annually prior to 2014.

Bills:

Passed: Water Quality – The vehicle for the Governor’s Blue Green Algae Task Force recommendations was Senate Bill 712  by Mayfield. After a  strong start, the bill was weakened through amendments. The final bill  contains a number of water quality initiatives which can be built upon  including addressing waste water treatment facility infrastructure, septic tank regulations and increased fines. A major failing of the bill is not addressing  agricultural pollution through the demonstrably ineffective Best Management Program (BMP) that sets no pollution limits and provides agriculture a presumption of compliance with water quality standards even though they are generally the greatest source of excess nitrogen and phosphorus pollution.  The bill takes effect 7/1/20.

Passed: Endangered and Threatened Species - SB 680 – Shark Fins by Sen. Hudson bans the import/export and sale of shark fins in Florida but exempts current Florida Fisheries permit holders. The Senate originally included a time limited  exemption for current shark fisheries permits until 2025 but the House removed that  limit. The bill also calls for a FL Fish and Wildlife impact study on the issue to be completed by December 31, 2021.   The  bill will take effect making the import/export and sale of shark fins illegal in Florida on 10/1/2020.

Passed: Growth Management – SB 410 by Sen. Perry, this bad growth management bill had several late filed amendments added that would  essentially preempt local government land use policy decisions with no regard for a county’s infrastructure, restraints or capacity. This bill ignores the link between properly managed growth, water supply and water quality and   supports land owner defenses that are already provided for in current state and federal law.

Passed: Environmental Fines and Enforcement HB 1091 by Rep. Randy Fine raises fines and penalties on environmental violations up to 150% from current levels. This bill would become effective July 1, 2020.

Failed: Sea Level Rise and Resiliency SB 7016 by Sen. Lee and supported by Gov. DeSantis would have created the Statewide Office of Resiliency and the Statewide Sea-Level Rise Task Force reporting directly to the Governor. The bill passed the full Senate but was not considered in the House.   DEP Secretary, Noah Valenstein will add the duties of Chief Resiliency Officer to his portfolio.   A  funding allocation of $500,000 would have been directed towards developing Sea Level Rise Task Force recommendations  had the bill passed, but the efforts to prioritize sea level rise and coastal resiliency will continue within the current DEP Office of Resiliency and Coastal Protection.

The Resiliency Chief position had previously been filled by Julia Neshiawat who recently left for a role in the federal government  as President Trump’s Homeland Security Advisor. As of today, many of the bills that passed have not yet been presented to the Governor for his signature. According to Article III, Section 8 of the Florida Constitution – the Governor has 15 days to either sign or fail to veto any bills presented to him once session has adjourned.  

For a list of bills presented and signed by the Governor this session see: Link to 2020 Bill Actions webpage.  

Please check out the 2020 Legislative Archive for the week’s previous legislative activity:   2020 Weekly Legislative Archive

2020 Legislative Session Bill Table

Senate Bill

(even #’s)

House Bill

(odd #’s)

I=Identical

S=Similar

C=Compare

Bill Descriptions

SCCF

 Position

Final Out-

Come

(*signed by Governor)

SB 40

Rader

Prohibition of Plastic Carryout Bags and Straws

Withdrawn

SB 50

Rader

Beverage Container Deposits

Withdrawn

SB 144

Brandes

Energy 2040

Task Force

Withdrawn

SB 150

Brandes

Sanitary Sewer Laterals

Establishes sanitary sewer inspection and disclosure of defects

Withdrawn

Elements included in HB 1091

SB 172

Bradley

HB 113

Roach

I

FL Drug and Cosmetic Act

Preemption of sunscreen regulation

Link to SCCF Action Alert

Oppose

Senate bill

Passed*

SB 178

Rodriguez

HB 579

Aloupis

I

Public Financing of Construction Projects-

Requires sea level impact projection study

Senate bill

Passed*

SB 182

Stewart

HB 6043

Aloupis

I

Preemption of Recyclable  and Polystyrene Materials

Withdrawn

SB 200

Montford

HB 547

Fitzenhagen

S

Advanced Well Stimulation Treatment

Fracking Ban

Withdrawn

SB 250

Berman

HB 6019

Casello

I

Development Orders

The antidote to HB 7103 from 2019 session

Support

Withdrawn

SB 278

Rodriguez

Climate Health Planning

Withdrawn

SB 280

Rodriguez

Climate Fiscal Responsibility

Requires report by Economic Estimating Conf.

Withdrawn

SB 318

Stewart

Sale of Sunscreen

Prohibit sale of certain products without Rx

Withdrawn

SB 326

Perry

HB 73

Overdorf

S

Environmental Regulation

Recycling and docks but future train for env. legislation

HB

Passed*

SB 332

Stewart

HB 849

Altman

C

Land Acquisition Trust Fund

$100 M (Annual allocation)

Support

Failed

$100 M in State budget-one time allocation

SB 410

Perry

HB 203

McClain

I

Growth Management

Include private property rights in comp. plans

Oppose

Senate Bill

Passed

VETOED by Gov.

SB 438

Harrel

HB 489

Plasencia

I

Land Acquisition Trust Fund (% for septic for Indian River Lagoon)

Oppose

Withdrawn

SB 454

Rodriquez

Discharge of Domestic Wastewater

Prohibits new deep well inj./prohibits wastewater thru ocean outfalls

Withdrawn

SB 638

Montford

Apalachacola Env. Stewardship Act

12 M for Hurr. Michael relief from LATF

Oppose

Withdrawn

SB 680

Hutson/Gruters

HB 401

Jacobs

C

Shark Fins

Prohibits import/export

Support

Senate Bill

Passed

SB 686

Gruters

HB 405

Good

I

Stormwater Management Systems

Adopt design and performance standards for new and redev. projects & apply non violation presumption

Withdrawn

SB 690

Albritton

HB 147

Jacobs

I

Water Resources

Comprehensive needs based overview of water resources

Support

Withdrawn

SB 712

Mayfield

HB 1343

Payne

C

Water Quality Improvements

Onsite sewage from DOH to DEP, Springs and BMP improvements, water quality monitoring and wastewater grants

SCCF 1/21/20 ltr to Sen. Mayfield

SCCF 2/19/20 Action Alert

Senate Bill

Passed*

SB 722

Montford

LATF - to be used in certain counties

Oppose

Withdrawn

SB 906

Farmer

HB 1415

Daley

I

Prohibited Reptiles

SB 906 Action Alert

Support

Withdrawn but elements included in SB 1414

SB 1766

Lee

HB 519

Grant

C

Growth Management

Withdrawn

SB 1382

Albritton

HB 1363

Overdorf

Env. Resource Mgmt.

Basin Mgmt Action Plans

Withdrawn

  elements included in        SB 712

SB 1450

Gruters

HB 1091

Fine

I

Environmental Enforcement

Support

House Bill

Passed*

SB 1878

Bradley

Env. Protection

(annual Everglades funding)

Withdrawn

SB 7016

Lee

HB 1073

Stevenson

Statewide Office of Resiliency

Creates Office and Taskforce

Support

Failed

HB 9057

Rodrigues

Sanibel Donax Reclamation Facility Process Imp.

Support

100K approved in Budget

Updated 7/1/20

2020 Legislative Bill Summaries

Water Quality Bills Update:

Several water quality related bills have been filed and we will list those bills as they advance.

Fracking Bills Update:

Similar Senate and House Fracking Ban bill has been filed and it’s anticipated that variations will follow.

and matrix acidizing. The Senate version is in it’s second committee of reference but the House version,

while it has been assigned committees of reference, it has not yet been scheduled

to be heard in committee.

Florida Forever Bills Update:  

Several Florida Forever land acquisition related bills have been filed but not all propose to adequately fund the

program or they propose to use the funds for infrastructure projects.  SCCF supports full funding for the program with

out commitments to spend funds in certain areas or for infrastructure.

 Trust Fund.  SB 332 has been approved by two of three of its referred Committees and is awaiting placement

on the Senate Appropriations agenda.  The House version, HB 849 has not been heard in any of its referred

Committees.  Should the Senate version pass the bill would be sent to the House “in messages” and the

item would be negotiated by the leadership of both Chambers.

The House and Senate Budget conference committee have recommended $100 million for Florida Forever

Endangered and Threatened Species

fins.   Bill Status:  HB 401- Passed 1st Senate referred committee 4-0, passed 2nd referred House committee 13-2.  

HB 401 passed its third referred committee on Thursday, 2/13/20 by a vote of  20-0 as amended.

The Senate version passed it’s second referred committee by a vote of 5-0 with the same amendment to exempt  

current shark Fisheries permit holders for five years- that was adopted in the House.  SB 680 was passed by the full

Senate 39-0 then sent to the House where it was passed 119-1 with an bill weakening amendment to exempt

all FL shark fishermen and processors.  The bill was sent back to the Senate as amended for final consideration.

For a list of bills presented and signed by the Governor this session see: Link to 2020 Bill Actions webpage.  

2019 Legislative Session ARCHIVE