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Legislative Update: Week 8-9 (March 3 – March 10)

Headlines Governor declares state of emergency: A news conference was held Monday afternoon at the Capitol, where the Governor urged Floridians to take common-sense precautions and stressed that normally healthy individuals remain at low risk of contracting the coronovirus.  This press conference comes after five lawmakers were forced to self-quarantine due to their attendance at a […]

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Legislative Update: Week 7 (February 24-28)

Headlines E-Verify: This week a House committee decides to advance legislation that requires Florida businesses to verify employment eligibility for workers.  HB 1265 by Representative Cord Byrd passed favorably in the Commerce Committee in a 15-8 vote.  This bill would require either use of the federal E-Verify database or, in some cases, use of the […]

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Legislative Update: Week 6 (February 17-21)

Headlines Abortion: This week, after two days of grueling and heated debate, parental consent for minors’ abortions was voted to become law by the Florida House. SB 404 by Senator Kelli Stargel is now headed to Governor DeSantis’ desk for review and signature. Florida law currently requires that parents or guardians are notified if a […]

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Legislative Update: Week 5 (February 10-14)

Below you will find a summary of legislation that moved during week five of Session. Each issue discussed has the potential to impact your municipality and organization. In the weeks ahead, we will continue to monitor these bills and others while advocating on your behalf. Ready to Sign: This week, Governor Ron DeSantis received four […]

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Legislative Update: Week 4 (February 3-7)

Appropriations: This week both the House and Senate passed their respective budgets out of the Appropriations Committee.  The Senate proposed a $92.8 billion budget that includes a 3% pay raise for state workers, the first in years.  The House proposed a $91.3 billion that is $1.3 billion lighter than the Senate.  Both chambers included $500 […]

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Legislative Update: Legislative Session Summary – Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County

One day after its scheduled close, the legislature adjourned after passing a $91.1 billion budget which fell slightly short of Governor Desantis’ recommended budget. Of the 1,861 bills (excluding local appropriation requests) that were filed, 195 passed and will be sent to the Governor’s desk for approval. Some of the major topics discussed were disposable […]

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Legislative Update: 2019 Post-Legislative Session Report

One day after its scheduled close, the legislature adjourned after passing a $91.1 billion budget which fell slightly short of Governor Desantis’ recommended budget. $682 million was appropriated for water-quality efforts related to red tides, algae blooms, and Everglades restoration, and over $220 million was directed to the panhandle area for Hurricane Michael recovery efforts. […]

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Legislative Update: 2019 Session – Week 9

Week 9: April 29 – May 3, 2019 Emergency Services: The Governor approved SB 426, Firefighters, sponsored by Senator Flores. The bill grants certain benefits to a firefighter upon receiving a diagnosis of cancer if certain conditions are met, and requires an employer to make certain disability payments to a firefighter in the event of […]

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Legislative Update: 2019 Session – Week 8

Week 8: April 22 – 26, 2019 Elections: The Senate Rules Committee, the Senate, and the House heard SB 7066/ HB 7101, Election Administration, sponsored by the Senate Ethics and Elections Committee and the House State Affairs Committee. The bill requires the Secretary of State to provide signature matching training to certain persons, and revises […]

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Legislative Update: 2019 Session – Week 7

Week 7: April 15 – 19, 2019 Proposed 2019-2020 Budget The House and Senate Chambers have also released the first drafts of their proposed 2019-2020 budget. Here is a generalized breakdown of the current draft budget compared to last year’s budget, and the draft budget broken down by section. Source Senate PCB 2500 House PCB […]

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