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Weekly Legislative Update from May 3, 2019


SB 1000 – Relating to Communication Services

On Wednesday, May 1, SB 1000 by Senator Travis Hutson (R-Palm Coast) was read a third time on the House floor and passed with a vote of 96 yeas and 16 nays.
This bill changes the way the use of public rights-of-way by providers of communications services are governed. Specifically:

  • Creating a civil cause of action for any person aggrieved by a violation of the right-of-way statute;
  • Prohibiting a local government from instituting, “either expressly or de facto, a moratorium or other mechanism that would prohibit or delay” permits for collocation of small wireless facilities or related poles;
  • Deleting the authority for a local government to require performance bonds and security funds. Instead, the bill allows them to require a construction bond;
  • Allowing a provider of communications services to add a local government to any existing bond, insurance policy, or other financial instrument, and requiring the local government to accept such coverage;
  • Prohibiting a local government from requiring a permit applicant to provide inventories, maps, or locations of communication facilities in the rights-of-way, unless it is necessary to avoid interference with existing facilities.

SB 1000 will now go to the Governor.

AIF supports legislation that will both reduce the communications services permitting process and have a positive financial impact on Florida’s consumers, many of whom are businesses that pay for cable or satellite service.

HB 7123 – Relating to Taxation

On Friday, May 3, HB 7123, sponsored by the House Ways and Means Committee, was read a third time on the Senate floor and passed with a vote of 23 yeas and 17 nays.

The bill provides for several tax reductions and other tax-related modifications designed to directly impact both families and businesses. Specifically, this bill provides:

  • A reduction in the tax rate for commercial property rentals from 5.7% to 5.35%,
  • A three-day “back-to-school” holiday for certain clothing, school supplies, and personal computers, and
  • A seven-day “disaster preparedness” holiday for specified disaster preparedness items.

Regarding property taxes, the bill includes the following:

  • Appropriate money to offset the reduction in ad valorem taxes in Monroe and other fiscally constrained counties.

HB 7173 will now go to the Governor.

AIF supports legislative actions that reduce taxes on businesses which allows further growth and employment opportunities.