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105 New Laws Become Effective Today

105effectivejuly18On this day, Sunday, July 1st, 2018, over one hundred bills that were signed into law by Governor Rick Scott following Florida’s 2018 legislative session officially become effective. The legislation included ranges from adding more regulation to marriage licenses, to starting a southeast Florida coral reef ecosystem conservation area, to revising the definition of the term “telephonic sales call”. A broad spectrum of new statutes are now active and in place! A list of the new laws can be found below. Study up this summer, Florida!

  • HB 0021 Controlled Substances – Boyd 05/14/18
    Controlled Substances: Requires practitioners to complete specified board-approved continuing education course to prescribe controlled substances; defines “acute pain”; provides for adoption of standards of practice for treatment of acute pain; limits prescribing of opioids for acute pain in certain circumstances; requires pain management clinic owners to register approved exemptions with DOH; provides requirements for pharmacists & practitioners for dispensing of controlled substances to persons not known to them; conforms state controlled substances schedule to federal controlled substances schedule; revises requirements for prescription drug monitoring program. Effective Date: July 1, 2018
  • HB 0029 Military and Veterans Affairs – Ponder 05/01/18
    Military and Veterans Affairs: Citing this act as the “Don Hahnfeldt Veteran and Military Family Opportunity Act”; revising licensure eligibility requirements; requiring the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to waive certain fees; authorizing the licensing authority to recognize certain military-issued credentials for purposes of licensure; designating March 25 of each year as “Medal of Honor Day”; requiring the State Board of Education to issue a temporary certificate in educational leadership to certain persons, etc. Effective Date: July 1, 2018
  • HB 0037 Direct Primary Care Agreements – Burgess 03/23/18
    Direct Primary Care Agreements: Specifies that direct primary care agreement does not constitute insurance & provides requirements for such agreement. Effective Date: July 1, 2018   03/23/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-089
  • HB 0041 Pregnancy Support and Wellness Services – Toledo 03/19/18
    Pregnancy Support and Wellness Services: Requires DOH to contract with not-for-profit statewide alliance of organizations to provide pregnancy support & wellness services through subcontractors; provides duties of department; provides contract requirements; requires services to be provided in noncoercive manner & forbides inclusion of religious content. Effective Date: July 1, 2018   03/19/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-029
  • HB 0053 Coral Reefs – Jacobs 03/19/18
    Coral Reefs: Establishes Southeast Florida Coral Reef Ecosystem Conservation Area. Effective Date: July 1, 2018   03/19/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-030
  • HB 0067 Florida Slavery Memorial – McGhee 03/19/18
    Florida Slavery Memorial: Establishes Florida Slavery Memorial; provides for administration of memorial by DMS; directs DMS to develop specified plan & submit such plan to Governor & Legislature. Effective Date: July 1, 2018   03/19/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-031
  • HB 0075 Postsecondary Fee Waivers – Ponder 05/01/18
    Postsecondary Fee Waivers: Authorizes FCS institutions to waive portion of certain postsecondary fees for active duty members of U.S. Armed Forces using military tuition assistance; requires FCS institutions to report to SBE number & value of such fee waivers granted annually. Effective Date: July 1, 2018
  • SB 0100 Taxes and Fees for Veterans and Low-income Persons – Steube 03/23/18
    Taxes and Fees for Veterans and Low-income Persons; Exempting certain persons and businesses from business taxes and fees; repealing provisions relating to exemptions allowed for disabled veterans of any war or their unremarried spouses; deleting fees for adding the word “Veteran” to an identification card or driver license; prohibiting tax collectors from charging certain driver license service fees to veterans who present specified forms of identification, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2018   03/23/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-80
  • SB 0140 Marriage Licenses – Benacquisto 03/23/18
    Marriage Licenses; Providing that a marriage license may not be issued to a person under the age of 18 years; requiring parties to a marriage to file a written and signed affidavit with the county court judge or clerk of the circuit court before the judge or clerk may issue a marriage license; requiring each party to a marriage to provide his or her social security number or an alien registration number for purposes of child support enforcement; clarifying that a county court judge or clerk of a circuit court commits a misdemeanor if he or she issues a blank marriage license or if he or she issues a marriage license without obtaining the ages and identification numbers of the parties, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2018   03/23/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-81
  • HB 0141 Transportation – Harrison 04/06/18
    Transportation: Revising provisions relating to contracting and negotiation between the Department of Transportation and local governmental entities for acquisition, construction, or operation of turnpike projects; exempting a law enforcement officer from paying a toll on a toll facility when operating an official vehicle while on official law enforcement business; requiring fees generated from tolls to be used to reimburse, by interlocal agreement, a county or another local governmental entity for the direct actual costs of operating a specified fire station providing services to the public on Alligator Alley, etc.. Effective Date: July 1, 2018   04/06/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-145
  • HB 0155 State Symbols – Magar 03/21/18
    State Symbols: Abrogates scheduled repeal of state saltwater reptile & state horse designations; designates Florida Cracker Cattle as official state heritage cattle breed. Effective Date: July 1, 2018   03/21/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-043
  • HB 0165 Written Threats to Conduct Mass Shootings or Acts of Terrorism – McClain 05/14/18
    Written Threats to Conduct Mass Shootings or Acts of Terrorism: Prohibiting a person from making, posting, or transmitting a threat to conduct a mass shooting or an act of terrorism in a writing or other record in any manner that would allow another person to view the threat; exempting certain providers of services from liability, etc. Effective Date: July 1, 2018
  • SB 0168 Nonnative Animals – Steube 03/23/18
    Nonnative Animals; Requiring the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to establish a pilot program for the eradication of priority invasive species; specifying procedures for the capture and disposal of animals that belong to priority invasive species, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2018   03/23/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-82
  • HB 0185 Redirection of Fees to Tax Collectors – Mariano 03/30/18
    Redirection of Fees to Tax Collectors: Provides for allocation of fees from certain driver license examinations administered by tax collectors & certain driver license reinstatement services performed by tax collectors. Effective Date: July 1, 2018   03/30/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-129
  • HB 0193 Mortgage Brokering – Stark 03/21/18
    Mortgage Brokering: Provides exemption from regulation under parts I & II of ch. 494, F.S., for certain securities dealers, investment advisors, & associated persons; provides requirements for certain solicitations & referrals. Effective Date: July 1, 2018   03/21/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-044
  • HB 0215 Motor Vehicles – Payne 05/01/18
    Motor Vehicles: Authorizing a mobile carrier to be operated on sidewalks and crosswalks within a county or municipality when such use is permissible under federal law; requiring safety belt or, if applicable, child restraint usage by an operator or passenger of an autocycle; providing that a mobile carrier is not required to satisfy specified registration and insurance requirements; authorizing a person to operate an autocycle without a motorcycle endorsement, etc. Effective Date: July 1, 2018
  • SB 0268 Public Records/Public Guardians/Employees with Fiduciary Responsibility – Passidomo 03/19/18
    Public Records/Public Guardians/Employees with Fiduciary Responsibility; Providing an exemption from public records requirements for certain identifying and location information of current or former public guardians, employees with fiduciary responsibility, and the spouses and children thereof; providing for future legislative review and repeal of the exemption; providing a statement of public necessity, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2018   03/19/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-016
  • HB 0281 Incarcerated Parents – Williams 03/21/18
    Incarcerated Parents: Requires DCF to include parents who are incarcerated in development of case plans for their children; specifies respective responsibilities of department, correctional facilities, & incarcerated parents; provides conditions for amending case plan. Effective Date: July 1, 2018   03/21/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-045
  • HB 0283 Cardiac Programs – Raschein 03/23/18
    Cardiac Programs: Grants exception from volume requirements for diagnostic cardiac catheterization procedures & ischemic heart disease diagnoses for certain hospitals providing adult cardiovascular services. Effective Date: July 1, 2018   03/23/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-090
  • HB 0333 Minimum Officer Qualifications – Burgess 03/21/18
    Minimum Officer Qualifications: Defining the term “special operations forces”; exempting certain applicants from completing a basic recruit training program approved by the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission under specified conditions; requiring an employing agency, training center, or criminal justice selection center to verify and document that certain applicants have served in the special operations forces for a minimum period and completed certain training if they seek an exemption from the commission-approved basic recruit training program, etc. Effective Date: July 1, 2018   03/21/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-046
  • HB 0351 Prescription Drug Pricing Transparency – Santiago 05/01/18
    Prescription Drug Pricing Transparency: Requires pharmacists to inform customers of certain generically equivalent drug products & whether cost-sharing obligations to such customers exceed retail price of prescription; requires registration with OIR; provides registration requirements; requires registrant to report certain changes by specified date; requires office to issue registration certificate upon receipt of completed registration form; provides for expiration; requires rulemaking; requires certain terms in health insurer or health maintenance organization contracts with pharmacy benefit managers. Effective Date: July 1, 2018
  • HB 0359 State Investments – Nunez 03/28/18
    State Investments: Requires SBA to divest certain investments & prohibits investments in specified institutions doing business with Venezuela, in violation of federal law; prohibits SBA from voting in favor of proxy resolution advocating expanded U.S. trade with such government; prohibits state agencies from investing in specified entities extending credit, buying, or trading goods or services with Venezuela; authorizes Governor to waive investment prohibitions if certain conditions exist. Effective Date: July 1, 2018   03/28/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-125
  • HB 0361 Persons Authorized to Visit Juvenile Facilities – Richardson 03/21/18
    Persons Authorized to Visit Juvenile Facilities: Authorizes specified persons to visit, during certain hours, all juvenile facilities operated or overseen by DJJ or county; authorizes such persons to visit juvenile facilities outside of certain hours pursuant to DJJ rules; prohibits DJJ from unreasonably withholding permission for visits to such facilities by certain persons. Effective Date: July 1, 2018   03/21/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-047
  • SB 0382 Transportation Facility Designations – Book 03/23/18
    Transportation Facility Designations; Providing honorary designations of certain transportation facilities in specified counties; directing the Department of Transportation to erect suitable markers; providing for “The Hope and Healing Highway” designation, notwithstanding a specified provision, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2018   03/23/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-161
  • SB 0386 Consumer Finance – Garcia 03/19/18
    Consumer Finance; Revising a provision relating to the maximum delinquency charge that may be charged for consumer finance loans; revising a requirement relating to installment repayments for consumer finance loans, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2018   03/19/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-017
  • SB 0394 Fire Safety – Bracy 03/19/18
    Fire Safety; Requiring the Division of State Fire Marshal to establish specified courses as a part of firefighter and volunteer firefighter training and certification; specifying the division’s authority to adopt rules for training related to cancer and mental health risks within the fire service, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2018   03/19/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-018
  • HB 0413 Trusts – Moraitis 03/19/18
    Trusts: Deletes requirement that trust & its terms be for benefit of trust’s beneficiaries; revises provisions relating to notice or sending of trust documents to include posting on secure electronic account or website; tolls specified limitations periods under certain circumstances; authorizes authorized trustee to appoint all or part of principal of trust to second trust or supplemental needs trust under certain circumstances; clarifies that certain knowledge by beneficiary does not cause claim to accrue for breach of trust or commence running of period of limitations or laches; provides retroactive application. Effective Date: July 1, 2018   03/19/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-035
  • HB 0417 Pub. Rec./Child Advocacy Center Personnel and Child Protection Team Members – Jenne 04/06/18
    Pub. Rec./Child Advocacy Center Personnel and Child Protection Team Members: Provides public records exemption for certain information concerning child advocacy center personnel or child protection team members & their spouses & children. Effective Date: July 1, 2018   04/06/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-147
  • HB 0429 Donation and Transfer of Human Tissue – Pigman 03/19/18
    Donation and Transfer of Human Tissue: Requires DOH to develop & publish on its website an educational pamphlet relating to certain tissue transplants; requires educational pamphlet to include specified information relating to risks & benefits of human cells, tissue, & cellular & tissue-based product transplants. Effective Date: July 1, 2018   03/19/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-036
  • HB 0449 Children’s Initiatives – Stafford 04/06/18
    Children’s Initiatives: Creates Tampa Sulphur Springs Neighborhood of Promise Success Zone within City of Tampa in Hillsborough County & Overtown Children & Youth Coalition within City of Miami in Miami-Dade County; provides for management by not for profit corporations not subject to state control, supervision, or direction. Effective Date: July 1, 2018   04/06/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-148
  • HB 0455 Governance of Banks and Trust Companies – McClain 03/21/18
    Governance of Banks and Trust Companies: 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, or other securities. Effective Date: July 1, 2018   03/21/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-048
  • SB 0472 National Statuary Hall – Thurston, Jr. 03/19/18
    National Statuary Hall; Requesting the Joint Committee on the Library of Congress to approve the replacement of the statue of Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith in the National Statuary Hall Collection with a statue of Mary McLeod Bethune; providing for the transfer of ownership of the statue of General Edmund Kirby Smith to the state; providing that the act is an official request to the Joint Committee on the Library of Congress, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2018   03/19/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-019
  • HB 0483 Unfair Insurance Trade Practices – Yarborough 04/06/18
    Unfair Insurance Trade Practices: Revises types, value & frequency of advertising & promotional gifts that licensed insurers or their agents may give to insureds, prospective insureds, or others; authorizes such insurers or agents to make certain charitable donations on behalf of insureds or prospective insureds; prohibits title insurance agents, agencies, & insurers from giving insureds, prospective insureds, or others merchandise in excess of specified value; authorizes certain licensed insurers & agents to give specified complimentary services or discounted rates on specified services. Effective Date: July 1, 2018   04/06/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-149
  • HB 0495 K-12 Public Education – Diaz 04/06/18
    Education: Revising limitations on the maximum length of participation in the Deferred Retirement Option Program for certain instructional personnel and administrative personnel; providing requirements for specified instruction relating to computer science; prohibiting certain conduct with students by authority figures; requiring school districts to adopt certain standards of ethical conduct; expanding the scope of provisions requiring the disqualification of persons convicted of certain offenses to apply to all persons who are required to have contact with students; requiring a school district to file certain complaints with the Department of Education even if the subject of the complaint is no longer employed by the district, etc. Effective Date: July 1, 2018   04/06/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-150
  • SB 0498 Office of Public and Professional Guardians Direct-support Organization – Garcia 03/19/18
    Office of Public and Professional Guardians Direct-support Organization; Abrogating the scheduled repeal of provisions governing a direct-support organization established under the Office of Public and Professional Guardians within the Department of Elderly Affairs, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2018   03/19/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-020
  • SB 0512 Homestead Waivers – Young 03/19/18
    Homestead Waivers; Providing language that may be used to waive spousal homestead rights concerning devise restrictions, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2018   03/19/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-022
  • HB 0513 Distributing Pharmaceutical Drugs and Devices – Rommel 03/21/18
    Distributing Pharmaceutical Drugs and Devices: Revises an exception to pharmacy regulations for certain manufacturers & distributers of dialysis drugs or supplies. Effective Date: July 1, 2018   03/21/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-050
  • HB 0529 Florida Fire Prevention Code – Diaz 04/06/18
    Florida Fire Prevention Code: Requires specified containers be allowed in exit corridors of certain apartment occupancies under certain circumstances; authorizes authorities having jurisdiction to approve alternative containers; requires such authorities to allow phase-in period to comply; provides for future repeal. Effective Date: July 1, 2018   04/06/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-152
  • HB 0533 Unfair Insurance Trade Practices – Hager 04/06/18
    Unfair Insurance Trade Practices: Authorizing insurers to refuse to insure or refuse to continue to insure an applicant or insured for failing to purchase certain noninsurance motor vehicle services, etc. Effective Date: July 1, 2018   04/06/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-153
  • HB 0539 Alarm Confirmation – Cortes (B) 03/21/18
    Alarm Confirmation: Revises requirements for alarm confirmation to include additional methods by which alarm monitoring company personnel may confirm residential or commercial intrusion/burglary alarm signal & to require two attempts be made to confirm alarm signal. Effective Date: July 1, 2018   03/21/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-051
  • HB 0545 Prohibition Against Contracting with Scrutinized Companies – Fine 03/21/18
    Prohibition Against Contracting with Scrutinized Companies: Prohibits company that is on Scrutinized Companies that Boycott Israel List or that is engaged in boycott of Israel from bidding on, submitting proposal for, or entering into or renewing contract with agency or local governmental entity for goods or services; provides exceptions; requires specified provision in such contracts; requires company to make specified certification in specified circumstances; provides for preemption. Effective Date: July 1, 2018   03/21/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-052
  • HB 0547 Reports Concerning Seized or Forfeited Property – Killebrew 03/23/18
    Reports Concerning Seized or Forfeited Property: Revises deadline for annual report by law enforcement agencies concerning property seized or forfeited under Florida Contraband Forfeiture Act. Effective Date: July 1, 2018   03/23/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-092
  • HB 0565 Excess Credit Hour Surcharges – Mariano 05/01/18
    Excess Credit Hour Surcharges: Requires state university to return specified amount of assessed excess credit hour surcharges to first-time-in-college students who meet certain requirements. Effective Date: July 1, 2018
  • SB 0566 Unlawful Detention by a Transient Occupant – Young 03/23/18
    Unlawful Detention by a Transient Occupant; Revising factors that establish a person as a transient occupant of residential property; authorizing a former transient occupant, under certain circumstances, to bring a civil action for damages or recovery of personal belongings, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2018   03/23/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-83
  • SB 0568 Telephone Solicitation – Young 03/19/18
    Telephone Solicitation; Revising the definition of the term “telephonic sales call” to include voicemail transmissions; prohibiting the transmission of voicemails to specified persons who communicate to a telephone solicitor that they would not like to receive certain voicemail solicitations or requests for donations, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2018   03/19/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-023
  • HB 0577 High School Graduation Requirements – Silvers 04/06/18
    High School Graduation Requirements: Authorizes student to use credit earned upon completion of apprenticeship or preapprenticeship program to satisfy specified high school graduation requirements; requires SBE to approve & identify registered apprenticeship & preapprenticeship programs. Effective Date: July 1, 2018   04/06/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-154
  • HB 0591 Missing Persons – Porter 03/21/18
    Missing Persons With Special Needs: Abrogating the scheduled repeal of provisions governing the citizen support organization for Florida Missing Children’s Day; expanding a project for missing persons with special needs to all centers for autism and related disabilities at state universities, etc. Effective Date: July 1, 2018   03/21/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-054
  • SB 0622 Health Care Facility Regulation – Grimsley 04/16/18
    Health Care Facility Regulation; Providing that a designated facility owned or operated by a public health trust and located within the boundaries of a municipality is under the exclusive jurisdiction of the county creating the public health trust; eliminating state licensure requirements for clinical laboratories; requiring a birth center to be federally certified and meet specified requirements to perform certain laboratory tests, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2018
  • HB 0631 Possession of Real Property – Edwards-Walpole 03/23/18
    Possession of Real Property: Authorizes person with superior right to possession of real property to recover possession by ejectment; provides that person entitled to possession of real property has cause of action to regain possession from another person who obtained possession of real property by forcible entry, unlawful entry, or unlawful detainer; prohibits local government from enacting or enforcing ordinance or rule based on customary use; provides an exception; creates, revises, & repeals related procedural provisions. Effective Date: July 1, 2018   03/23/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-094
  • HB 0639 Equitable Distribution of Marital Assets and Liabilities – Perez 03/21/18
    Equitable Distribution of Marital Assets and Liabilities: Redefines “marital assets & liabilities” for purposes of equitable distribution in dissolution of marriage actions; provides formulas & guidelines for determining amount of passive appreciation; authorizes court to require security & interest when installment payments are ordered in division of assets. Effective Date: July 1, 2018   03/21/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-056
  • HB 0651 State Employment – Yarborough 03/21/18
    State Employment: Repeals provisions relating to Florida State Employees’ Charitable Campaign; prohibits organization, entity, or person from intentionally soliciting state employees for fundraising or business purposes within specified areas during specified times; provides exceptions. Effective Date: July 1, 2018   03/21/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-057
  • SB 0660 Florida Insurance Code Exemption for Nonprofit Religious Organizations – Brandes 03/19/18
    Florida Insurance Code Exemption for Nonprofit Religious Organizations; Revising criteria under which a nonprofit religious organization that facilitates the sharing of contributions among its participants for financial, physical, or medical needs is exempt from requirements of the code, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2018   03/19/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-025
  • HB 0661 Business Filings – Miller 03/21/18
    Business Filings: Authorizes certain persons & entities to correct certain documents; provides that correction filed for certain reasons are not subject to department fee; requires department to send notice of filing of record through e-mail or send copy of document to mailing address of entity, representative, or agent; provides notice requirements for department if record changes entity’s e-mail or mailing address. Effective Date: July 1, 2018   03/21/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-058
  • HB 0667 Beverage Law – Perez 03/30/18
    Beverage Law: Provides for electronic orders received at vendor’s licensed place of business to be construed as sale made at vendor’s licensed place of business; authorizes vendor to make certain deliveries in third-party vehicle; prohibits manufacturer licensed as vendor from making such deliveries; requires that licensee’s identity & age be verified & documented at time of delivery; requires that deliveries comply with age requirements for selling, giving, or serving alcoholic beverages. Effective Date: July 1, 2018   03/30/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-133
  • HB 0675 Pharmacies – Brodeur 05/01/18
    Pharmacies: Revises membership of Board of Pharmacy; establishes Class III institutional pharmacies; provides requirements for such pharmacies; revises notice requirements; authorizes distribution of medicinal drugs & prepackaged drug products without specified permit under certain conditions; removes provision exempting certain drug repackagers from specified permit requirements. Effective Date: July 1, 2018
  • HB 0703 Water Management District Surplus Lands – Burgess 04/06/18
    Water Management District Surplus Lands: Requires water management districts to publish notice of intention to sell surplus lands on its website; revises circumstances when water management districts must publish first notice of intention to sell surplus lands; revises process for selling certain lower valued surplus lands. Effective Date: July 1, 2018   04/06/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-155
  • HB 0731 Home Education – Sullivan 03/30/18
    Home Education: 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; prohibiting a district school superintendent from requiring certain evidence relating to a child’s age from children enrolling in specified schools and programs; requiring the department to provide certain teacher and student ACT and PreACT information for the evaluation of certain services and activities, etc. Effective Date: July 1, 2018   03/30/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-134
  • HB 0735 Mammography – Harrell 03/21/18
    Mammography: Requires facilities performing mammography to include certain information in summary of mammography report provided to each patient; provides applicability; provides for future repeal. Effective Date: July 1, 2018   03/21/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-059
  • SB 0740 Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services – Stargel 05/01/18
    Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services; Specifying the methodology for the assessment of certain structures in horticultural production; revising permitting requirements and operating standards for water vending machines; requiring certain liquefied petroleum gas dealers to provide notice within a specified period before rendering a consumer’s liquefied petroleum gas equipment or system inoperable or discontinuing service; providing that delaying or failing to make payment for certain livestock is an unfair and deceptive act, etc. Effective Date: This act shall take effect July 1, 2018
  • HB 0755 Pub. Rec./Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network – Williamson 03/21/18
    Pub. Rec./Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network: Provides exemption from public records requirements for certain information relating to Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network held by agency; provides for future legislative review & repeal of exemption; provides statement of public necessity. Effective Date: July 1, 2018   03/21/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-060
  • HB 0841 Community Associations – Moraitis 03/23/18
    Community Associations: Revising condominium association recordkeeping and financial reporting requirements; revising provisions relating to required association bylaws; revising board term limits; revising voting requirements relating to alterations and additions to certain common elements or association property; providing that an association may not prohibit a unit owner from installing an electronic vehicle charging station; providing when the installation of an electronic vehicle charging station may be the basis of a lien; revising requirements to serve as a board member; requiring an association to follow certain procedures when amending a governing document, etc. Effective Date: July 1, 2018   03/23/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-096
  • SB 0872 Young Farmers and Ranchers – Grimsley 03/23/18
    Young Farmers and Ranchers; Creating the Florida Young Farmer and Rancher Matching Grant Program within the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services; creating the Florida Young Farmer and Rancher Advisory Council within the department; requiring the department to establish a clearinghouse on its website for resources to assist young and beginning farmers and ranchers, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2018   03/23/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-85
  • HB 0875 Limitations of Actions Other Than for the Recovery of Real Property – Leek 03/23/18
    Limitations of Actions Other Than for the Recovery of Real Property: Authorizes commencement, within specified timeframe, of certain claims after pleading to which such claims relate; provides applicability. Effective Date: July 1, 2018   03/23/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-097
  • HB 0937 Perinatal Mental Health – Nunez 03/23/18
    Perinatal Mental Health: Requires DOH to offer perinatal mental health care information through Family Health Line toll-free hotline accessible to general public; revises components included in postpartum evaluation & followup care provided by birth centers to include mental health screening & information on postpartum depression; provides appropriation. Effective Date: July 1, 2018   03/23/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-098
  • HB 0953 Consumer Report Security Freezes – Harrison 03/21/18
    Consumer Report Security Freezes: Prohibits consumer reporting agencies from charging any fee to consumers for placing, removing, or temporarily lifting security freeze on his or her consumer report; prohibits consumer reporting agencies from charging any fee to representatives of protected consumers for placing, removing, or temporarily lifting security freeze on such consumer’s consumer report. Effective Date: July 1, 2018   03/21/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-062
  • HB 1009 Closing Gap Grant Program – Brown 04/06/18
    Closing Gap Grant Program: Provides additional priority area for Closing Gap grant proposals that addresses racial & ethnic disparities in morbidity & mortality rates relating to Lupus. Effective Date: July 1, 2018   04/06/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-157
  • HB 1013 Daylight Saving Time – Nunez 03/23/18
    Daylight Saving Time: Provides legislative intent regarding State of Florida & its political subdivisions observing daylight saving time year-round under certain conditions. Effective Date: July 1, 2018   03/23/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-099
  • HB 1055 Pub. Rec./Addiction Treatment Facility Personnel – DuBose 03/21/18
    Pub. Rec./Addiction Treatment Facility Personnel: Provides exemption from public records requirements for certain identifying & location information of current or former directors, managers, supervisors, nurses, & clinical employees of addiction treatment facility, & the spouses & children thereof; provides for future legislative review & repeal of exemption; provides for retroactive application; provides statement of public necessity. Effective Date: July 1, 2018   03/21/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-064
  • HB 1059 Exploitation of a Vulnerable Adult – Burton 05/01/18
    Exploitation of a Vulnerable Adult: Creates cause of action for injunction for protection of vulnerable adult from exploitation; provides requirements for clerk of circuit court; provides penalty for willful violation. Effective Date: July 1, 2018
  • HB 1073 Department of Financial Services – Hager 05/01/18
    Department of Financial Services: Revises requirements for electronic originals & copying of certain records media; revises certain bureau names & creates new bureaus; revises service options for child transition plans; creates Florida Open Financial Statement System & authorizes CFO to choose contractors to build system; revises requirements for licensure or appointment of managing general agents under the Florida Insurance Code; revises license application process for managing general agents; revises terms of office for Florida Fire Safety Board; deletes provision for staffing and funding formula of Florida State Fire College. Effective Date: July 1, 2018
  • HB 1079 Child Welfare – Burton 03/23/18
    Child Welfare: Requiring the Department of Children and Families to establish rules for granting exemptions from criminal history and certain other records checks required for persons being considered for placement of a child; authorizing the court to make certain determinations regarding placement of a child with a guardian; requiring the court, during permanency hearings, to determine case plan compliance; requiring the Florida Institute for Child Welfare to evaluate the implementation of the Guardianship Assistance Program; requiring a guardian to apply for a license with the department to be eligible for the program; revising the offenses that disqualify certain child care personnel from specified employment, etc. Effective Date: July 1, 2018   03/23/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-103
  • HB 1089 East Mulloch Drainage District, Lee County – Rodrigues (R) 03/23/18
    East Mulloch Drainage District, Lee County: Creates East Mulloch Water Control District as dependent special district; provides charter of district shall be subject to amendment or repeal by county commission; provides boundaries & powers of district; provides for assessments by district; provides an exception to general law; dissolves East Mulloch Drainage District; transfers all assets & liabilities of East Mulloch Drainage District to East Mulloch Water Control District; provides that liabilities of district are not liabilities of county commission. Effective Date: July 1, 2018   03/23/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-174
  • HB 1091 Early Learning – Grall 03/30/18
    Early Learning: Revises provisions relating to the Office of Early Learning, Early Learning Coalitions, & school readiness program. Effective Date: July 1, 2018   03/30/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-136
  • HB 1137 Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board – Peters 03/23/18
    Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board: Revises board composition & terms; provides for election & terms of chair & vice chair; provides that board staff are employees of Pinellas County; provides that board is dependent agency of Board of County Commissioners of Pinellas County; requires board to provide annual report on finances & administrative activities; requires periodic audits; requires members of board to file financial disclosure statements; specifies board is eligible for state funding to support its operations during transition to county; provides for dissolution of board upon approval at referendum. Effective Date: July 1, 2018   03/23/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-179
  • HB 1177 Joint Task Force on State Agency Law Enforcement Communications – Ingoglia 03/21/18
    Joint Task Force on State Agency Law Enforcement Communications: Provides that representative of Florida Sheriffs Association shall be appointed member of Joint Task Force on State Agency Law Enforcement Communications; provides that sheriff’s office that employs representative must pay per diem & travel expenses incurred by representative. Effective Date: July 1, 2018   03/21/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-067
  • HB 1187 Guardianship – Spano 03/21/18
    Guardianship: Provides powers & duties of clerk of court relating to guardianships; prohibits certain fees and cost incurred by guardian from being paid or reimbursed by ward’s assets; authorizes certain guardians of property to provide confidential information to clerk or to an Office of Public & Professional Guardians investigator; provides duty to maintain confidentiality of certain information. Effective Date: July 1, 2018.   03/21/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-068
  • HB 1201 Education for Prisoners – Ahern 03/23/18
    Education for Prisoners: Authorizes DOC to contract with certain entities to provide education services for Correctional Education Program; authorizes each county to contract with certain entities to provide education services for county inmates; authorizes use of state funds for operation of postsecondary workforce programs for education of certain state inmates. Effective Date: July 1, 2018   03/23/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-104
  • HB 1217 Deployed Parent Custody and Visitation – Metz 03/21/18
    Deployed Parent Custody and Visitation: Creating provisions entitled “Uniform Deployed Parents Custody and Visitation Act”; providing requirements for agreement forms, termination, modification, power of attorney, and filing; providing requirements for temporary orders granting custodial responsibility; requiring certain witnesses to be sworn in by specified officers, etc. Effective Date: July 1, 2018   03/21/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-069
  • HB 1265 Alcoholic Beverages – Miller 03/30/18
    Alcoholic Beverages: Removes certain liquor bottle size restrictions for operators of intrastate railroads & sleeping cars; removes requirement that operators of intrastate railroads & sleeping cars keep separate alcoholic beverages intended for sale on passenger trains & alcoholic beverages intended for sale in railroad transit station. Effective Date: July 1, 2018   03/30/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-138
  • HB 1267 Telephone Solicitation – Killebrew 03/21/18
    Telephone Solicitation: Authorizes telecommunication providers to block certain calls; prohibits blocking of certain calls; authorizes telecommunication providers to rely upon caller identification service information to determine originating numbers for purpose of blocking such calls. Effective Date: July 1, 2018   03/21/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-070
  • HB 1279 School District Accountability – Sullivan 03/11/18
    School District Accountability: Revises duties of Auditor General; revises provisions relating to Office of Inspector General, district school boards, school district superintendents, Commission on Ethics, & DOE duties & responsibilities; provides appropriation. Effective Date: July 1, 2018   03/11/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-005
  • HB 1285 Florida Business Entities – Albritton 03/30/18
    Florida Business Corporation Act: Authorizes omission of certain confidential information from annual benefit report of certain corporations; authorizes modification of form articles of incorporation to include provisions required for certain corporations; provides that certain provisions of act extend to financial institutions in certain circumstances. Effective Date: July 1, 2018   03/30/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-139
  • HB 1301 Sexual Offenders and Predators – Fitzenhagen 03/23/18
    Sexual Offenders and Predators: Reducing aggregate & consecutive number of days used to determine residency for purposes of sexual predator or sexual offender registration; provides for mandatory sentence of community control with electronic monitoring for certain offenses committed by sexual predators & sexual offenders if court does not impose prison sentence. Effective Date: July 1, 2018   03/23/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-105
  • HB 1373 Medication Administration – Stevenson 03/23/18
    Medication Administration: Revises training requirements for unlicensed direct service providers to assist with administration of or to supervise self-administration of medication; provides validation requirements for competency & skills of unlicensed direct service providers & requires completion of annual inservice training course developed by APD. Effective Date: July 1, 2018   03/23/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-107
  • HB 1383 Tax Deed Sales – Latvala 04/06/18
    Tax Deed Sales: Requires tax certificateholder to pay specified costs to bring property on which taxes are delinquent to sale; requires tax collector to contract with title company to determine who must be noticed & provided property information reports; revises provisions concerning tax deed sales & filings for & distributions of surplus funds. Effective Date: July 1, 2018   04/06/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-160
  • SB 1392 Criminal Justice – Brandes 04/16/18
    Prearrest Diversion Programs; Requiring the Department of Corrections to include information in its annual report on inmate admission based on offense type and recidivism rate; encouraging local communities and public or private educational institutions to implement prearrest diversion programs for certain offenders; requiring each pretrial release program to include in its annual report the types of criminal charges of defendants accepted into a pretrial release program, the number of defendants accepted into a pretrial release program who paid a bail or bond, the number of defendants accepted into a pretrial release program with no prior criminal conviction, and the number of defendants for whom a pretrial risk assessment tool was used or was not, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2018
  • HB 1435 Child Welfare – Perez 03/23/18
    Child Welfare: Requires DCF, in collaboration with sheriffs’ offices that conduct child protective investigations & community-based care lead agencies, to develop statewide family-finding program; authorizes community-based care lead agencies to establish kinship navigator programs; requires court to request that parents consent to providing access to additional records. Effective Date: July 1, 2018   03/23/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-108
  • HB 1437 Employment Services for Persons with Disabilities – Abruzzo 03/21/18
    Employment Services for Persons with Disabilities: Specifies that participants in certain disabled persons’ work experience activities are considered state employees for workers’ compensation purposes. Effective Date: July 1, 2018   03/21/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-072
  • SB 1552 Juvenile Justice – Bracy 03/23/18
    Juvenile Justice; Allowing the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to distribute proceeds from the Invest in Children license plate annual use fee on a statewide basis; deleting provisions authorizing the Department of Juvenile Justice to develop evening reporting centers; requiring the department to hold a prolific juvenile offender in secure detention pending a detention hearing following a violation of nonsecure detention, etc. Effective Date: Except as otherwise expressly provided in this act, this act shall take effect July 1, 2018   03/23/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-86
  • SB 1712 Postsecondary Revenue Bonds and Debt – Montford 03/19/18
    Postsecondary Revenue Bonds and Debt; Authorizing state universities to use specified moneys to pay debt service on revenue bonds if required by a specified federal program, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2018   03/19/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-028
  • HB 5001 General Appropriations Act – Appropriations Committee 05/21/18
    General Appropriations Act: Provides moneys for annual period beginning July 1, 2018, & ending June 30, 2019, & supplemental appropriations for period ending June 30, 2018, to pay salaries & other expenses, capital outlay-buildings & other improvements, & for other specified purposes of various agencies of state government. Effective Date: July 1, 2018
  • HB 5003 Implementing the 2018-2019 General Appropriations Act – Appropriations Committee 05/01/18
    Implementing the 2018-2019 General Appropriations Act: Implements specific appropriations of General Appropriations Act for 2018-2019 fiscal year. Effective Date: July 1, 2018
  • HB 5005 Collective Bargaining – Appropriations Committee 03/16/18
    Collective Bargaining: Providing for the resolution of specific collective bargaining issues at impasse between the State of Florida and certified bargaining units of state employees; providing for all other mandatory collective bargaining issues at impasse that are not specifically addressed by this act or the General Appropriations Act to be resolved consistent with personnel rules and by otherwise maintaining the status quo, etc. Effective Date: July 1, 2018   03/16/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-011
  • HB 5007 State-Administered Retirement Systems – Appropriations Committee 03/16/18
    State-Administered Retirement Systems: Revises required employer retirement contribution rates for members of certain membership classes & subclasses of FRS; provides finding of important state interest. Effective Date: July 1, 2018   03/16/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-012
  • HB 6033 Volunteer Florida, Inc. – Ponder 03/21/18
    Volunteer Florida, Inc.: Abrogates future repeal date of nonprofit direct-support organization established by Florida Commission on Community Service. Effective Date: July 1, 2018   03/21/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-073
  • HB 6059 Department of Corrections’ Direct-Support Organization – Plakon 03/30/18
    Department of Corrections’ Direct-Support Organization: Abrogates scheduled repeal of provisions governing DSO that is permitted to use facilities of state correctional system. Effective Date: July 1, 2018   03/30/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-143
  • HB 7033 Trust Funds/Re-creation/Land Acquisition Trust Fund/DOS Transportation & Tourism – Appropriations Subcommittee 03/23/18
    Trust Funds/Re-creation/Land Acquisition Trust Fund/DOS: Re-creates Land Acquisition Trust Fund within DOS without modification; abrogates provisions relating to termination of trust fund, to conform. Effective Date: July 1, 2018   03/23/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-113
  • HB 7051 Trust Funds/Re-creation/Land Acquisition Trust Fund/DACS Agriculture & Natural Resources – Appropriations Subcommittee 03/23/18
    Trust Funds/Re-creation/Land Acquisition Trust Fund/DACS: Re-creates Land Acquisition Trust Fund within DACS without modification; abrogates provisions relating to termination of trust fund, to conform. Effective Date: July 1, 2018   03/23/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-115
  • HB 7055 Education – Education Committee 05/01/18
    Education: Revises provisions relating to Commissioner of Education, DOE, school districts, school district superintendents, statewide, standardized assessments, charter schools, educational scholarship programs, principal autonomy pilot program initiative, dual enrollment, FLVS, & private schools. Effective Date: July 1, 2018
  • HB 7069 Trust Funds Higher Education – Appropriations Subcommittee 03/21/18
    Trust Funds: Re-creates Florida ABLE Program Trust Fund within SBA without modification; abrogates provisions relating to termination of trust fund, to conform; provides contingent effective date. Effective Date: July 1, 2018   03/21/18 – Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2018-079
  • HB 7087 Taxation – Ways & Means Committee 05/21/18
    Taxation: Provides an exemption from excise tax on certain documents, notes, & mortgages related to housing financing authority; provides sales tax exemptions for specified products destroyed as a result of hurricanes; authorizes ad valorem tax exemptions under specified situations; provides documentary stamp tax exemption for certain transfers of homestead property between spouses; reduces tax levied on specified fees charged for use of real property; revises total amount of community contribution tax credits for projects related to housing opportunities; modifies calculation of dealer’s collection allowance; revises provisions regarding adjusted taxable income for corporate income tax purposes; increases total amount of contaminated site rehabilitation tax credits; requires specified reduction of civil penalties; increases tax credits for rehabilitation of drycleaning-solvent-contaminated sites & brownfield sites; extends carry forward period for unused tax credits; provides an appropriation. Effective Date: July 1, 2018

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