Daily Legislative Brief from March 28, 2017
Legal & Judicial
HB 423-Relating to Beverage Law
On Tuesday, March 28th, HB 423, by Representative Mike La Rosa (R-Saint Cloud), was heard before the House Careers and Competition Subcommittee and passed by a vote of 9 yeas and 6 nays. AIF’s Senior Vice President of State and Federal Affairs, Brewster Bevis, stood in support of this bill.
The bill exempts financial transactions between a vendor and a manufacturer from all tied evil house prohibitions if the following conditions are met:
- The financial transaction must be negotiated at arm’s length for fair market value between a manufacturer of beer or malt beverages, and
- The financial transaction cannot involve, either all or in part, the direct sale or distribution of beer or malt beverages between the manufacturer and the licensed vendor.
HB 423 will go to the House Government Operations & Technology Appropriations Subcommittee for its next hearing.
AIF SUPPORTS legislation that removes burdensome regulations on Florida’s businesses.
HB 727-Relating to Accessibility of Places of Public Accommodation
On Tuesday, March 28th, HB 727, by Representative Tom Leek (R-Daytona Beach), was heard by the House Careers and Competition Subcommittee and passed unanimously by a vote of 14 yeas to 0 nays. AIF’s Senior Vice President of State and Federal Affairs, Brewster Bevis, stood in support of this bill.
The United States Congress enacted the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990 prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability in employment, state and local government, public accommodations, commercial facilities, transportation, and telecommunications. One of the goals of the ADA is to guarantee that individuals with disabilities are offered full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations offered by a place of public accommodation.
- Creates a license type for ADA experts;
- Requires the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) to establish licensing requirements and regulation for ADA experts;
- Allows ADA experts to determine if the businesses are compliant with the ADA;
- Allows businesses to hire ADA experts and file ADA expert reports with DBPR;
- Allows businesses to file remediation plans with DBPR if they are not in compliance with the ADA;
- Requires DBPR to establish a public website with a registry of remediation plans and certifications of conformity; and
- Requires courts to consider remediation plans to determine if a plaintiff filed a claim in good faith and whether the plaintiff is entitled to attorney’s fees in lawsuits involving alleged violations of the ADA.
HB 727 will go on to the House Government Operations & Technology Appropriations Subcommittee for its next hearing.
AIF SUPPORTS legislation that makes filing frivolous lawsuits against Florida’s businesses more difficult to accomplish.
HB 1027- Relating to Unmanned Aircraft
On Tuesday, March 28th, HB 1027, by Representative Clay Yarborough (R-Jacksonville,) was heard by the House Careers and Competition Subcommittee and unanimously passed by a vote of 14 yeas to 0 nays. AIF’s Senior Vice President of State and Federal Affairs, Brewster Bevis, stood in support of this bill.
This bill will ensure a consistent framework for the use of drones. As the use of drones becomes increasingly more common in many different sectors of the business community throughout the state, implementing statewide regulations will establish safeguards while operating drones.
HB 1027 will go to the House Government Accountability Committee for its next hearing.
AIF SUPPORTS legislation that will streamline business regulation throughout the state.
HB 1175-Relating to Motor Vehicle Manufacturers and Dealers
On Tuesday, March 28th, HB 1175, by Representative Manny Diaz (R-Hialeah Gardens), was heard before the House Careers and Competition Subcommittee and passed by a vote of 9 yeas to 6 nays. AIF’s Senior Vice President of State and Federal Affairs, Brewster Bevis, spoke in opposition to this bill.
The bill provides additional grounds to deny, suspend, or revoke a license held by a motor vehicle manufacturer, factory branch, distributor, or importer (“manufacturer”) within their contractual agreement. The bill prohibits manufacturers from taking certain actions against motor vehicle dealers and requires certain procedures be followed by the manufacturer when dealing with motor vehicle dealers.
HB 1175 will go on to the House Civil Justice and Claims Subcommittee for its next hearing.
AIF OPPOSES legislation that would intervene in any contractual agreement between a dealer franchise and an auto manufacturer, voluntarily entered by each party, and dictate new terms and conditions of such mutual agreement that favor one party over the other.
HB 853-Relating to Beer or Malt Beverages
On Tuesday, March 28th, HB 853, by Representative Tom Goodson (R-Merritt Island) was heard by the House Careers and Competitions Subcommittee and passed by a vote of 10 yeas to 4 nays. AIF’s Senior Vice President of State and Federal Affairs, Brewster Bevis, stood in support of this bill.
Currently, vendors must purchase glassware from distributors for use in their establishments.
This bill allows for beer distributors to provide beer or malt beverage branded glassware to vendors for their use, cutting down on the vendors over all costs.
HB 853 will now go on to the House Commerce Committee.
AIF SUPPORTS legislation that will reduce costs on Florida’s businesses by allowing distributors to provide vendors, at no cost, glassware to use in their establishments.
HB 333-Relating to Rural Economic Development Initiative
On Tuesday, March 28th, HB 333, by Representative Chuck Clemons (R- Jonesville), was heard by the House Agriculture & Property Rights Subcommittee and unanimously passed by a vote of 12 yeas to 0 nays. AIF stood in support of this bill.
Currently, Florida’s rural communities are experiencing additional challenges compared to their urban counterparts in many quality of life indicators. The state has an opportunity to improve the economic competitiveness of Florida’s rural communities by reforming the Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI). This legislation accomplishes this by:
- Focusing the mission of REDI on challenges rural communities face in the areas of workforce development and education, infrastructure, and access to healthcare;
- Streamlining REDI membership to ensure decision makers are at the table; and
- Making REDI a real tool for rural communities as they navigate through the red tape of state government.
HB 333 will move on to the House Transportation & Tourism Appropriations Subcommittee for its next hearing.
AIF SUPPORTS efforts to increase economic development in Florida’s rural areas by increasing job growth.
GOT1-Relating to State Agency Information Technology Reorganization
On Tuesday, March 28th, GOT1, by the Government Operations & Technology Appropriations Subcommittee, was heard in front of the Government Operations & Technology Appropriations Subcommittee and passed by a vote of 13 yeas to 1 nay. AIF spoke in opposition to this bill.
This bill abolishes the Agency for State Technology (AST), and creates a new smaller, anemic agency of only 7 people within Office of Tech and Data Services. It moves the State Data Center under DMS and eliminates the already weak responsibility for Enterprise technology. It is a further step in destroying, rather than empowering, an Enterprise Technology Agency for our state.
GOT1 was filed as HB 5301 and is not currently assigned to any committees of reference.
AIF OPPOSES the removal of the AST as it is a further step in destroying, rather than empowering, an Enterprise Technology Agency for our state.
SB 340-Relating to Transportation Network Companies
On Tuesday, March 28th, SB 340, relating to Transportation Network Companies, by Senator Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) was heard by the Senate Committee on Judiciary and passed unanimously by a vote of 9 yeas to 0 nays. AIF stood in support of this bill.
This bill was amended by the bill sponsor to more closely match the House companion bill, HB 221. This bill now aims to establish a statewide regulatory framework for transportation network companies and how they operate throughout communities in Florida. It also defines what constitutes as a “TNC vehicle”, sets in place insurance requirements and preempts authority to the state, which will allow for a streamlined set of rules to be followed throughout the state.
SB 340 will now go to the Senate Committee on Rules for its third hearing.
AIF SUPPORTS statewide digital transportation service policies to create price competition, promote consumer choice, enhance customer experience, create jobs and remove anti-competitive local regulations.
HB 1107-Relating to Public Records/Workers’ Compensation
On Tuesday, March 28th, HB 1107, relating to Public Records/Workers’ Compensation, by Representative Ben Albritton (R-Bartow) was heard by the House Oversight, Transparency & Administration Subcommittee and passed. AIF stood in support of this bill.
This bill would exempt private and personal identifying information of an injured worker or deceased employee from public record. Currently, this information is open to the public and often times injured workers are inundated with outreach from attorneys wanting to take on their cases immediately after filing their claim.
HB 1107 will now go to the House Commerce Committee for its third hearing.
AIF SUPPORTS protecting the private information of injured or deceased employees.
Please see the statement below from our President & CEO, Tom Feeney, regarding HB 1107:
AIF: HB 1107 is a Solution to Restoring Stable, Self-executing &
Affordable Workers’ Compensation System
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Associated Industries of Florida (AIF) today released the following statement on behalf of its President & CEO Tom Feeney, who also serves as the chair of its “Florida Workers’ Compensation Strategic Task Force,” in support of House Bill 1107, by Representative Ben Albritton, relating to Public Records/Workers’ Compensation. HB 1107 was today heard in the House Oversight, Transparency and Administration Subcommittee, its second committee of reference.
“Since the Florida Supreme Court declared the workers’ compensation system unconstitutional, AIF’s ‘Florida Workers’ Compensation Strategic Task Force’ has proposed legislation that would provide a stable, self-executing and affordable system to care for injured workers.
“HB 1107 heard today in the House Oversight, Transparency and Administration Subcommittee addresses one component of our overall goal to relieve burdensome pressures on Florida’s employers by exempting public record requirements relating to injured or deceased workers.
“AIF commends Representative Albritton and the committee for recognizing the importance of not publicizing personal information of injured workers, and looks forward to seeing this good public policy move through the process.”
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