Governor Ron DeSantis appointed Jonathan Satter as Secretary of the Department of Management Services.
Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried named Holly Bell as director of cannabis.
So far, there have been 1,832 bills filed for the 2019 Session. There are 17 days left until Session starts on March 5th.
Noteworthy this Week
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida lawmakers are seeking to get rid of a
commission that meets every 20 years to suggest changes to the state
The House Civil Justice Subcommittee voted 13-1 on Wednesday to ask
voters to repeal the Constitution Revision Commission, which met last
year and placed seven items on the 2018 ballot.
Voters approved all seven. They included bans on dog racing, oil
drilling in state waters and vaping in workplaces. It also included a
measure that extends new rights to crime victims.
Rep. Brad Drake sponsored the bill and said the commission has become
a political body proposing major policy changes rather than a body that
revises outdated language in the constitution.
Sixty percent of Florida voters would have to approve the proposal in order to repeal the commission.
Permit Fees: SB 142, HB 127
The House bill passed another committee this week, leaving one remaining
committee of reference before the proposed legislation moves to the
full House for final consideration. The Senate bill is now in the Senate
Innovation, Industry, and Technology Committee. The bill requires the
governing bodies of counties and municipalities to post permit and
inspection fee schedules and building permit and inspection utilization
report on their website.
Swimming Pool Definition: HB 757
Representative Ralph Massullo has filed a bill to clarify the definition
of a public swimming pool in s. 514.011 F.S. and s. 515.25 F.S. does
not include manmade lakes or lagoons with a surface area of 43,000
square feet or more.
Construction Qualifications: HB 351, SB 674
We are concerned these bills would increase unlicensed activity in
Florida. Our team met with Sen. Perry, and he agreed this would be a
negative outcome and that we do not want to increase unlicensed
Swimming Pool Safety: SB 724, HB 805
As expected, Rep. Webb filed the House companion this week. We met with
the Florida Realtors, they will have an internal meeting to discuss
strategy, and then update us on their plans as this proceeds.
Floodplain Technical Guidance Document
We are waiting on the Deputy Director to follow up with us on their
internal discussions on this matter. We reminded Director Moskowitz that
this is time sensitive.
Produced in conjunction with Bruce Kershner, FSPA Regulatory Consultant