South Monroe Street
Requires the automatic
expunction of certain nonjudicial records of arrests of minors
after the completion of certain diversion programs.
Reduces the sales tax paid
on commercial leases incrementally until it's eliminated over a
specified number of years.
Authorizes a matching grant program
for local governments to implement flood hazard risk mitigation
policies and projects.
HB 953- Legislative Redistricting and
Requires court to provide for
& ruling in challenge to state legislative or congressional
HB 955 - High School Graduation Requirements
Revises requirements for NGSSS to
financial literacy. Revises credits for standard high school
diploma to include instruction in personal financial literacy and
Professional Deregulation Bill
the Government Operations & Technology
Appropriations Subcommittee passed a comprehensive bill seeking to
deregulate certain professions. The goal of the bill is to provide
more job opportunities for Floridians while protecting their health
would prevent certain professions from being
regulated by the Department of Business and Professional
Regulation, reduce the hours of training required to obtain certain
licenses, and eliminate the requirement that certain licensees
obtain a certificate of authorization for their businesses, as well
as other changes.
numerous professions effected by the bill,
including: interior designers; hair braiders; hair wrappers; body
wrappers; boxing announcers; boxing timekeepers; labor
organizations and business agents; talent agencies; auctioneers;
barbers; restricted barbers; nail specialists; facial specialists;
full specialists; asbestos abatement consultants and contractors;
architects; landscape architects; geologists; and yacht and ship
week we finished
our third week of the 2017 Legislative Session.
this week a number of bills were heard and passed in House
Committees as well as on the House floor. We will continue to hear
member bills, proposed committee bills, and
appropriation project bills during the first
Session, I will continue to
keep you up-to-date with periodic newsletters letting you know
about bills under consideration and any new laws that are passed.
As always, thank you for your confidence in my service to District
66. It is an honor and a privilege to be your voice in
|Speaking to members from the
Chamber of Commerce during their visit to the Capitol.
House Committee Passes
Bill to Limit
Ways & Means Committee passed a
bill last week that seeks to authorize the Governor's
execution of a new Gaming Compact with the Seminole Tribe of
Florida and resolve issues related to pari-mutuel wagering,
cardroom gambling, slot machine gambling, and other
will create a new 20 year compact between the
State and the Seminole Tribe of Florida. State revenues from the
new compact will be used exclusively for education, focusing on
recruiting and retaining the best teachers in the K-12 school
system, helping under-served students from persistently failing
schools, and increasing funding for distinguished faculty in higher
also closes loopholes and shuts down card games
not authorized by the Legislature, limits gambling to current
locations, eliminates inactive and delinquent gambling permits, and
prohibits the issuance of new gambling permits. This bill will more
effectively restrict gambling in our state to current levels at
existing locations, which will protect Florida's national and
international brand as a family friendly place to live, work, and
visit for many years to come.
I will keep
you updated as the bill continues to move
through the legislative process.
Passes Bill to Publish
Student Assessments Online
Quality Subcommittee passed HB 549, which
requires the Department of Education (DOE) to publish statewide
student assessments on their website.
statewide student assessment program is used
to measure if students have mastered Florida's academic content
standards. Currently, only sample questions of statewide
assessments are posted on the DOE website. These sample questions
are not taken from actual assessments; they are only meant to show
the types of questions asked.
requires that every three years the DOE publish
any assessment administered during the previous school year on
their website. The bill provides that only questions-not students'
answers-will be published. This will begin in 2020 with the initial
release including, at a minimum, the third grade English language
arts and mathematics assessments, the tenth grade English language
arts assessments, and the Algebra I end of course
should be able to know what are in these tests.
Doing so will not only increase transparency and accountability
with state assessments, but will also allow parents to be more
engaged in their children's education.
Addressing a group of visiting students
St. Petersburg College (SPC). During their
they toured the Capitol and spoke with local lawmakers about the
Food, and Craft
- March 31st
- 10:00 PM
International Cuban Sandwich Festival
- April 2nd
AM - 7:00 PM
Approves Local Government Ethics
Government Accountability Committee passed HB
7021 last week to reform ethics guidelines for local
governments. Some important provisions of the bill include the
following: requiring certain elected local officers to file a more
detailed financial disclosure; expanding annual ethics training
requirements for local officers; expanding restrictions when a
conflict of interest exists; and requiring lobbyists to register
with a statewide database before they can lobby local government
The next stop for HB
7021 is the House floor, where all
members of the Florida House of Representatives will vote on the
Legislation to Hold Government
Wednesday of last week, the House Government
Accountability Committee passed HB 479, which further increases
accountability and transparency in government.
holds government accountable by ensuring state
agencies and other government entities have internal controls in
place to curb waste, fraud, and abuse and promote efficiency in
their operations. The bill increases transparency by extending the
amount of time budget documents for cities and counties must be
available online so citizens know how their tax dollars are being
spent. Finally, the bill reforms public testimony laws so people
will have the opportunity to speak at local board and commission
meetings without having to submit their comments in
HB 479 will
soon be heard on the House floor for a vote
by all members.
to Hold Public Employee Unions
House Government Accountability Committee
passed HB 11, which reforms the annual public employee union
recertification process to increase transparency and
accountability. HB 11 requires public employee unions to be
transparent by reporting in their annual registration renewal
application the number of employees eligible to be in the union and
the number of employees who do and do not pay dues to the union. If
50 percent or more of eligible union members do not pay dues, the
union must reapply for certification. A union that does not comply
with these requirements will have its certification revoked. Unions
that represent law enforcement officers, firefighters, and
corrections officers are not included in these changes, except for
the reporting requirement.
HB 11 is a
positive step towards increasing transparency
and holding public employee unions accountable to the workers they
represent. The next stop for HB 11 is the House floor.