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LOOKING AHEAD TO 2024

The 2024 Legislative Session kicked off January 9, 2024 under the dark skies of terrible weather in Tallahassee - perhaps a sign of things to come.  Bills are being filed as of this writing, and committees have been meeting since late September.  We encourage you to stay abreast of proposed legislation by bookmarking this page where we provide updates on bills we are following on your behalf.  If you wish to follow other proposed legislation, you can visit the State Legislative site, sign up for an account, and begin tracking legislation.  You will receive daily alerts each time any action is taken on the bill you have marked to track.  The easiest way to do this is once on the site, select the Florida Senate link, and once on that page look to the upper right corner and you will see an option to "Sign Up".  Click that and create your account which is needed in order to track bills.  Once you have created your account you can begin to look at bills in both the House and Senate, and mark those that you wish to track.

This site also allows you to view a summary of each bill, see the full text of the bill, see where the bill is in the legislative process, see companion bills, and see any amendments filed to the bills as they move through committees.  On this site you can also find you legislators and information is available on how to contact them.


Committees in both chambers have been appointed.  It is critical that as members, you know who your legislators are.  Click here to Find Your Representative.  By looking at your Voter Registration Card and finding your Senate District, you can Find Your Senator.

Once you have located these elected officials through the links above, you can see on the Representative's/Senator's webpage what committees they have been assigned.  On these pages you can also find information on the individual's interests and other information that will help you prepare a visit to their office, or a letter supporting issues of importance to you.

We encourage you to bookmark this page and check it regularly as we will update information as it becomes available.  FRPA eConnect will also be used to send legislative Elerts if quick action is needed on an issue.

Using This Page:

Each proposed bill being followed is linked below, directly below the title of the proposed legislation.  However, if a committee substitute (CS) or amendment has been filed, that link will appear in the Status Box below the description of the bill.  For the latest copy of the proposal, you will want to look for a CS and if present, select that link to read the bill.

Status Boxes contain where the proposed legislation is on its journey through Session.  A great resource to understand the path a proposal follows is this How a Bill Becomes a Law document.

2024 SESSION UPDATE 

Three weeks and two days from today (February 14) the regular scheduled legislative session will end.  February 27 is the last date which Committees can meet, so the scramble to get proposals through those meetings has begun.  If bills have no companion on the other side of the hall, it makes it more difficult to move.  If bills have a companion, but the companion is "similar" rather than "identical", the differences will have to be worked out before the chambers vote the proposals out or they most likely die on the calendar.  Identical bills at this point have the best shot at passing floor votes, unless of-course legislators begin adding language onto bills that have already been vetted through their Committees.  Then the added language has to be debated on the full floor of each Chamber.

It is an interesting process to watch in the final days of sessions.  To find out when Committees are meeting and what they have on their agenda, you can visit House Calendar or Senate Calendar.  

Stay in tune with the progress postings below as we update them daily as action is taken on bills.  This is the point in session where we need eyes on amended language to assure items are not placed on bill, that are not favorable to parks and recreation, or those that may have unintended consequences.
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AUTOMATED EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATORS AT PARKS AND YOUTH RECREATION OR SPORTS FACILITIES

SB 1774 by Senator Powell
HB 1477 by Representative Williams

Requires functioning automated external defibrillators be located on premises of specified parks & facilities; provides requirements for training & location registration of such defibrillators.

Status of SB 1774

01/05/2024 Filed
01/11/2024 Referred to Community Affairs; Health Policy; Rules Committees



Status of HB 1477

01/07/2024 Filed
01/09/2024 1st Reading
01/13/2024 Referred to Local Administration, Federal Affairs & Special Districts Subcommittee; Healthcare Regulation Subcommittee; and State Affairs Committee

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CHILD CARE FACILITY SAFETY MEASURES

SB 596 by Senator Garcia
HB 1562 by Representative Powell

Requiring child care facility personnel to maintain certification in first aid training and pediatric cardiopulmonary resuscitation procedures; requiring certain child care facilities to place video recording equipment in certain designated areas; requiring child care facilities to provide in-service cardiopulmonary resuscitation training to child care personnel at least twice a year, etc.

Monitor Closely for impact to parks and recreation, and for additional language added that may adversely affect parks and recreation programs.


Status of SB 596

11/28/2023 Filed
12/05/2023 Referred to Children, Families, and Elder Affairs; Health Policy; Rules Committees
01/09/2024 Introduced


Status of HB 1562

01/05/2024 Filed
01/10/2024 Referred to Criminal Justice; Children, Families, and Elder Affairs; Rules Committees


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CHILD WATER SAFETY REQUIREMENTS


HB 123 by Representative Chambliss
SB 274 by Senator Rodriguez

Citing this act as the "Kareem Angel Green Act"; providing that certain organizations that care for or supervise children must require parents or legal guardians to attest certain information in writing before taking children under their care or supervision to public bathing places or public swimming pools; providing requirements to provide personal floatation equipment for children when such organizations conduct certain activities in public bathing places or public swimming pools.   Providing an exception for children participating in swimming instruction.

Status of HB 123

10/09/2023 Filed
10/17/2023 Referred to Children, Families & Seniors Subcommittee; and Health & Human Services Committee
01/09/2024 1st Reading

Status of SB 274

10/30/2023 Filed
11/07/2023 Referred to Health Policy; Children, Families, and Elder Affairs; Rules
01/09/2024 Introduced
1/30/2024 Favorable by Health Policy Committee
02/06/2024 CS Favorable by  Children, Families, and Elder Affairs Committee
02/14/2024 Favorable by Rules Committee Agenda.  Placed on Calendar, on 2nd reading

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DREDGING AND BEACH RESTORATION

SB 608 by Senator Rodriguez
HB 163 by Representative Gossett-Seidman

Directing the Department of Environmental Protection to require that, as a condition of permits issued for certain dredging and beach restoration projects, any adverse impact analysis conducted for the activity meet certain requirements; requiring a local government to provide notice of its intent to conduct an analysis to certain adjacent local governments, etc.

Monitor Only at this point.  You may wish to forward to those handling dredging and beach restoration projects in your agency for implications to permitting process.

Status of SB 608

11/28/2023 Filed
12/05/2023 Referred to Environment and Natural Resources; Fiscal Policy; Rules
01/09/2024 Introduced

Status of HB 163

10/16/2023 Filed
11/02/2023 Referred to Water Quality, Supply & Treatment Subcommittee; Referred to Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee; Referred to Infrastructure Strategies Committee
01/09/2024 1st Reading

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FUNDING FOR ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

SB 1638 by Senator Hutson
HB 1417 by Representative Buchanan

Creating, subject to appropriation, the Local Trail Management Grant Program within the Department of Environmental Protection for a specified purpose; requiring the Department of Revenue to distribute, on a monthly basis, a specified percentage of the revenue share payments received under the 2021 gaming compact; creating the Water Quality Work Program within the Department of Environmental Protection.

Status of SB 1638

01/05/2024 Filed
01/10/2024 Referred to Appropriations Committee on Agriculture, Environment, and General Government; Fiscal Policy Committees
01/24/2024 Favorable by Appropriations Committee on Agriculture, Environment, and General Government Committee
02/15/2024 Favorable by Fiscal Policy Committee; CS filed
02/20/2024 Placed on Special Order Calendar for 02/22/24; CS by Fiscal Policy read 1st time
02/22/2024 Read 2nd time. Amendment(s) adopted.  Read 3rd time. CS passed as amended. Immediately certified
02/22/2024 In Messages to House


Status of HB 1417

01/06/2024 Filed
01/09/2024 1st Reading
01/13/2024 Referred to Infrastructure Strategies; and Appropriations Committees
02/13/2024 Added to Infrastructure Strategies Committee next meeting agenda
Amendment filed for Infrastructure Strategies Committee
02/15/2024 Favorable by Infrastructure Strategies Committee
02/16/2024 CS Filed Referred to Appropriations Committee.  Added to Appropriations Committee Agenda
02/20/2024 Favorable by Appropriations Committee
02/21/2024 CS Filed; 1st reading

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LAND AND WATER MANAGEMENT

SB 664 by Senator Burgess
HB 527 by Representative Maggard

Requiring certain buffer zones for land or water delineations established by a county or municipality to be purchased by the county or municipality; preempting regulation of specified dredge and fill activities to the Department of Environmental Protection; repealing provisions relating to land management review teams, etc.

Monitor Only

Status of SB 664

12/01/2023 Filed
12/13/2023 Referred to Environment and Natural Resources; Appropriations Committee on Agriculture, Environment, and General Government; Fiscal Policy Committees
01/09/2024 Introduced


Status of HB 527

11/17/2023 Filed
11/30/2023 Referred to Water Quality, Supply & Treatment Subcommittee; Referred to Local Administration, Federal Affairs & Special Districts Subcommittee; Referred to Infrastructure Strategies Committee; Now in Water Quality, Supply & Treatment Subcommittee
01/09/2024 1st Reading


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MANGROVE REPLANTING AND RESTORATION


SB 32 by Senator Garcia

Mangrove Replanting and Restoration; Requiring the Department of Environmental Protection to adopt rules for mangrove replanting and restoration; providing requirements for the rules, etc.

Status of SB 32

09/14/2023 Filed
10/10/2023 Referred to Environment and Natural Resources; Appropriations Committee on Agriculture, Environment and General Government; and Rules Committee
12/06/2023 On Committee agenda-- Environment and Natural Resources, 11:00 am, 301 Senate Building
Amendment filed by Garcia
12/06/2023 CS by Environment and Natural Resources
1/17/2024 Favorable by Appropriations Committee on Agriculture, Environment, and General Government Agenda

 

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POSSESSION OR USE OF FIREARM IN SENSITIVE LOCATION


SB 130 by Senator Berman
HB 209 by Representative Rayner

Prohibits possession or use of a firearm in sensitive locations – defined to include any park, recreational facility or area, or playground owned or controlled by a state, county, or municipality or other governmental entity.

Status of SB 130

10/09/2023 Filed
10/17/2023 Referred to Criminal Justice; Appropriations Committee on Criminal and Civil Justice; and Fiscal Policy Committees
01/09/2024 Introduced

 

Status of HB 209

10/17/2023 Filed
11/02/2023 Referred to Criminal Justice Subcommittee; Justice Appropriations Subcommittee; and Judiciary Committee
01/09/2024 1st Reading

 

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PUBLIC RESTROOM FACILITIES


SB 44 by Senator Stewart

Requiring the Florida Building Commission to adopt certain requirements in the Florida Building Code for certain public restroom facilities newly constructed or renovated after a specified date, etc.

Status of SB 44

09/18/2023 Filed
10/10/2023 Referred to Community Affairs; Regulated Industries; Rules
01/09/2024 Introduced
01/16/2024 Favorable by Community Affairs Committee

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RELEASE OF BALLOONS


HB 321 by Representative Chaney - see CS below
SB 602 by Senator DiCegile

Provides that intentional release of certain balloons is considered littering; revises penalty for such release.

Status of HB 321

11/02/2023 Filed
11/13/2023 Referred to Agriculture, Conservation & Resiliency Subcommittee; Referred to Criminal Justice Subcommittee; Referred to Infrastructure Strategies Committee
12/05/2023 Added to agenda for Agriculture, Conservation & Resiliency Subcommittee
12/12/2023 Favorable with CS by Agriculture, Conservation & Resiliency Subcommittee
01/09/2024 1st Reading (Original filed bill); 1st Reading of CS
01/30/2024 Favorable by Criminal Justice Subcommittee
02/08/2024 Favorable by Infrastructure Strategies Committee; Bill released to House Calendar; Added to Second Reading Calendar
02/15/2024  Added to Special Order Calendar
02/15/2024 Read 2nd time; Added to Third Reading Calendar; Read 3rd time; CS passed; In Messages to Senate
02/16/2024 Senate - Referred to Fiscal Policy
02/20/2024 Senate - Received


Status of SB 602

11/28/2023 Filed
12/05/2023 Referred to Environment and Natural Resources; Community Affairs; Fiscal Policy Committee
01/10/2024 Environment and Natural Resources Committee - CS favorable by Committee
01/22/2024 Favorable by Community Affairs Committee


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SAFETY OF CHILD CARE FACILITIES

HB 541 by Representative Williams

Requires law enforcement agencies to notify child care facilities of certain incidents at nearby schools.

Status of HB 541

11/20/2023 Filed
11/30/2023 Referred to Criminal Justice Subcommittee; Children, Families & Seniors Subcommittee; and Judiciary Committee
01/09/2024 1st Reading

 

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SMOKING IN STATE PARKS

HB 495 by Representative Woodson

Prohibits smoking & vaping within boundaries of state parks; requires DOH to post specified signs; provides penalties.

Status of HB 495

11/16/2023 Filed
11/30/2023 Referred to Agriculture, Conservation & Resiliency Subcommittee; Appropriates Committee; and Health & Human Services Committee
01/09/2024 1st Reading

 

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SPECIAL DISTRICTS

SB 1058 by Senator Hutson
HB 7013 by State Affairs Committee ; Ways & Means Committee ; Local Administration, Federal Affairs & Special Districts Subcommittee ; Persons-Mulicka

Special Districts; Prohibiting the creation of new safe neighborhood improvement districts after a date certain; providing term limits for elected members of governing bodies of independent special districts; requiring continuation of independent special districts that levy ad valorem taxes; providing additional criteria for declaring a special district inactive; requiring special districts to establish performance measures to assess performance, etc.

Status of SB 1058

12/21/2023 Filed
01/04/2024 Referred to Community Affairs Committee; Rules Committee
01/09/2024 Introduced
01/29/2024 Amendment filed in Community Affairs Committee.  CS favorable
02/01/2024 CS read 1st time
02/14/2024 Favorable by Rules Committee
02/15/2024  Placed on Calendar, on 2nd reading

 

Status of HB 7013

12/13/2023 Filed
12/27/2023 Referred to Ways and Means; State Affairs Committees
01/09/2024 First Reading
01/12/2024 Added to Ways and Means Committee
01/17/2024 Favorable with CS by Ways and Means Committee; Laid on Table; CS filed; 1st Reading
01/18/2024 Referred to State Affairs Committee
01/19/2024 Added to State Affairs Committee Agenda
01/23/2024 Favorable with CS by State Affairs Committee; Laid on Table; CS filed; 1st Reading
01/24/2024 Referred to House Calendar; Added to 2nd Reading Calendar; Added to Special Order Calendar
02/01/2024 Read 2nd time; Read 3rd time; CS passed.  In Messages

 

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SWIMMING LESSON VOUCHER PROGRAM


SB 544 by Senators Hutson and Berman
HB 581 by Representative Cabrera

Swimming Lesson Voucher Program; Creating the program within the Department of Health for a specified purpose; requiring the department to contract with and establish a network of swimming lesson vendors to participate in the program; requiring the department to attempt to secure a vendor in each county; specifying eligibility criteria for the program, etc.

Status of SB 544

11/30/2023 Filed
12/05/2023 Referred to Health Policy; Appropriations Committee on Health and Human Services; Fiscal Policy Committees
01/09/2024 Introduced
01/16/2024 CS by Health Policy Committee.  CS by Health Policy read 1st time
01/24/2024 Favorable by Appropriations Committee on Health and Human Services
01/31/2024 Favorable by Fiscal Policy Committee
02/01/2024 Placed on Calendar on 2nd reading
02/08/2024 Placed on Special Order Calendar for 02/14/24 - Amendment Filed
02/14/2024 Read 2nd time.  Amendment(s) adopted.  Read 3rd time.  CS passed as amended
02/14/2024 In Messages to House

Status of HB 581

11/20/2023 Filed
11/30/2023 Referred to Healthcare Regulation Subcommittee; Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee; and Health & Human Services Committee
01/09/2024 1st Reading
01/22/2024 Amendment added to Healthcare Regulation Subcommittee Agenda
01/24/2024 CS Favorable by Healthcare Regulation Subcommittee
01/26/2024 Laid on Table
01/29/2024 Referred to Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee; Referred to Health & Human Service Committee; CS on first reading
02/06/2024 Favorable by Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee
02/20/2024 Added to Health & Human Services Committee agenda

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TREE TRIMMING

SB 122 by Senator Stewart

Relating to trees on residential property; 3 repealing s. 163.045, F.S., relating to tree pruning, 4 trimming, or removal on such property.

Status of SB 122

10/09/2023 Filed
10/17/2023 Referred to Community Affairs; Judiciary; Rules
01/09/2024 Introduced

 

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UNAUTHORIZED PUBLIC CAMPING AND PUBLIC SLEEPING

SB 1530 by Senator Martin
HB 1365 by Garrison ; (CO-INTRODUCERS) Jacques ; Rudman

Defining the terms “public camping” and “public sleeping”; prohibiting counties and municipalities, respectively, from authorizing or otherwise permitting public sleeping or public camping on public property without a specified permit; authorizing counties and municipalities to designate certain public property for such purpose for a specified time period; requiring the Department of Children and Families to conduct inspections of such property at specified intervals and to produce a report; providing an exemption from certain requirements for a fiscally constrained county or municipality, etc.

Status of SB 1530 

01/05/2024 Filed
01/10/2024 Referred to Community Affairs; Judiciary; Rules
01/29/2024 Favorable by Community Affairs
02/05/2024 CS by Judiciary Committee
02/06/2024 Original committee references removed.  Added to Fiscal Policy
02/22/2024 On Fiscal Policy Committee agenda-- Fiscal Policy, 12:00 pm, 412 Knott Building

Status of HB 1365

01/05/2024 Filed
01/09/2024 First Reading
01/13/2024 Referred to Local Administration, Federal Affairs & Special Districts Subcommittee; Judiciary Committee; Health & Human Services Committee
02/05/2024 CS by Judiciary Committee
01/25/2024 Favorable by Local Administration, Federal Affairs & Special Districts Subcommittee
02/05/2024 Added to Judiciary Committee 
02/07/2024 Favorable by Judiciary Committee - CS Filed
02/08/2024 CS - First Reading
02/09/2024 Referred to Health & Human Services Committee
02/20/2024 Added to Health & Human Services Committee agenda
02/22/2024 Favorable with CS (waiting for link) by Health & Human Services Committee

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WATER SAFETY

SB 1538 by Senator Torres

Requiring state parks to have a certified lifeguard on duty at designated swimming areas within the park during certain timeframes; requiring the Department of Environmental Protection to install a water rescue station at each designated swimming area; requiring that the staffing for each shift at a fire station include at least one firefighter who is certified in rescue diving, etc.

Status of SB 1538

01/05/2024 Filed
01/10/2024 Referred to Environment and Natural Resources; Appropriations Committee on Agriculture, Environment, and General Government; Fiscal Policy Committees
01/10/2024 Introduced

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YOUTH ATHLETIC ACTIVITIES

SB 830 by Senator Collins
HB 865 by Representative Yeagar

Youth Athletic Activities; Requiring an entity that administers or conducts a high-risk youth athletic activity or training related to such activity on certain property to require certain unpaid or volunteer personnel to complete a specified course; requiring such personnel to complete the course within a specified timeframe and annually thereafter; providing that the course may be offered online or in person; revising the requirements for certain athletic coaches to include certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, first aid, and the use of an automatic external defibrillator, etc.

Impact: This proposal is very broad in its definition of "high-risk youth athletic activity".  Training would be approved by the Department of Health, and through an administrative rule clarification would be provided as to what minimum concepts would be required, where training applications would be submitted, etc.  This does not require DOH to provide education, only to approve it.  There is a provision that athletic volunteers/personnel can NOT be charged for the training.  This could impact  training providers.

Status of SB 830

12/11/2023 Filed
01/04/2024 Referred to Health Policy; Appropriations Committee on Health and Human Services; Fiscal Policy
01/09/2024 Introduced
01/30/2024 Favorable by Health Policy Committee;  CS
02/01/2024  CS by Health Policy Committee read 1st time
02/08/2024 Favorable by Appropriations Committee on Health and Human Services
02/15/2024 On Fiscal Policy Agenda, 12:00 pm, 412 Knott 
  Amendment Filed for Policy Agenda meeting
02/15/2024 Favorable by Fiscal Policy Committee - CS/CS 
02/20/2024 CS/CS by Fiscal Policy read 1st time

Status of HB 865

12/13/2023 Filed
12/27/2023 Referred to Healthcare Regulation Subcommittee; Referred to Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee; Referred to Health & Human Services Committee
01/09/2024 1st Reading
01/22/2024 PCS (Proposed Committee Substitute) added to Healthcare Regulation Subcommittee Agenda
01/24/2024 Favorable with CS by Healthcare Regulation Subcommittee; Laid on Table; CS filed
01/25/2024 CS read 1st time; Original reference to Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee removed; Original reference to Health & Human Services Committee removed.  Referred to PreK-12 Appropriations Subcommittee; Education & Employment Committee
01/20/2024 Added to PreK-12 Appropriations Subcommittee Agenda
02/01/2024 Favorable by PreK-12 Appropriations Subcommittee
02/07/2024 Favorable by Education & Employment Committee; Bill released to House Calendar; Added to Second Reading Calendar