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Legislative Session Updates

Thursday, January 26, 2023 3:05 PM | Anonymous

Legislative - Weekly Recap

Lawmakers convened in Tallahassee on Tuesday for the third interim committee week. This week was the busiest yet, with the first and second committee weeks being taken up by Special Session on property insurance and the Inauguration. Many committees heard panels and presentations from agency staff, and several early filed bills had their first hearings.

Speaker Renner unveiled one of his top priorities for session, HB1, a school choice bill that would expand school voucher eligibility to all K-12 students.

The bill removes nearly all eligibility parameters on the Family Empowerment Scholarship Program, which is currently limited to households earning at or below 375% of the federal poverty level. This would enable any parents of K-12 public school-age children to receive vouchers to send their child to private school, although children from families with income below 185% of FPL or are in foster care would get priority. The bill would also eliminate almost 10,000 special needs students on waiting lists for scholarships by funding those school positions, and the bill also allows parents who home-school their children to be paid under the scholarship program.

Governor DeSantis unveiled several legislative priorities this week. One initiative, titled ‘Prescribe Freedom’, would permanently ban Covid-19 vaccine requirements and mask mandates, and protect health care practitioners’ rights to disagree with “the preferred narrative of the medical community”. In a 2021 Special Session, the legislature passed a bill that prohibits vaccine mandates for employees and mask mandates in schools, however this law is set to expire in June. The Governor’s proposal would also prohibit ‘Vaccine Passports’. The Governor has not provided bill language.  

Legislators will convene for Committee Week #4 next Monday, January 23rd. There are four committee weeks left until the start of the 2023 Legislative Session on March 7.

Below is your weekly bill report of items we watch for you in Tallahassee. Just to let you know, I’ve highlighted bills that are moving.  If anything, you want to know more about or wish for us to engage on with lawmakers, please let me know. 

FRACCA - Weekly Legislative Update

Ordered by Bill Number

HB 0085 Causes of Action Based on Improvements to Real Property by Snyder

Causes of Action Based on Improvements to Real Property: Revises time in which action founded on design, planning, or construction of improvement to real property must be commenced; revises date on which statute of limitations period begins; provides for calculation of statute of limitations period for multi-dwelling buildings; defines "material violation." Effective Date: upon becoming a law

Current Committee of Reference: House Civil Justice Subcommittee


01/19/2023 HOUSE On Committee agenda - Civil Justice Subcommittee, 01/26/23, 9:00 am, 404 H

HB 0089 Building Construction by Maggard

Building Construction: Revises definition of term "class A air-conditioning contractor"; prohibits certain persons or entities from making substantive changes to building plans after permit has been issued; provides exceptions; requires certain persons to provide certain information to certain persons or entities; provides that certain persons are subject to disciplinary action under certain circumstances. Effective Date: July 1, 2023

Current Committee of Reference: House Regulatory Reform & Economic Development Subcommittee


01/10/2023 HOUSE Now in Regulatory Reform & Economic Development Subcommittee

SB 0304 United States-produced Iron and Steel in Public Works Projects by Boyd

United States-produced Iron and Steel in Public Works Projects; Requiring governmental entities to include a requirement in certain contracts that certain iron or steel products be produced in the United States; authorizing the use of foreign steel and iron materials in certain circumstances; requiring the Department of Management Services and the Department of Transportation to adopt rules for specified purposes, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2023

Current Committee of Reference: No Current Committee


01/19/2023 SENATE Filed

HB 0315 Civil Remedies for Unlawful Employment Practices by Andrade

Provides limits on judgment for punitive & compensatory damages for certain claims; authorizes aggrieved party to bring civil action for certain claims within specified timeframe regardless of determination made by Commission on Human Relations. Effective Date: July 1, 2023

Current Committee of Reference: No Current Committee


01/20/2023 HOUSE Filed

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- Submitted 01/20/2023 by: Edward Briggs, Vice President of Government Relations & Community Affairs

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