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Weekly Legislative Update from May 3, 2019


HB 311 – Relating to Autonomous Vehicles

On Wednesday, May 1, HB 311 by Representative Jason Fischer (R-Jacksonville) was read a third time on the Senate floor and passed with a vote of 37 yeas and 0 nays.

These bills authorize the use of vehicles in autonomous mode in the state. The autonomous technology would be considered the human operator of the motor vehicle and provides that various provisions of law regarding motor vehicles such as rendering aid in the event of a crash do not apply to vehicles in autonomous mode if the vehicle owner, or person on behalf of the owner, promptly contacts law enforcement. The bill also specifies that statutory provisions relating to unattended motor vehicles, wireless communication devices, and television receivers do not apply to autonomous vehicles (AVs) operating with the automated driving system engaged. The bills also remove the requirement for a person to possess a valid driver license to operate a fully autonomous vehicle.

HB 311 will now go to the Governor.

AIF supports modernizing state law to accommodate for self-driving technologies that open the door for safe, reliable modes of AVs in a competitive marketplace with clear, limited government regulations.

HB 905 – Relating to the Department of Transportation (DOT)

On Thursday, May 2, HB 905 by Representative Alex Andrade (R-Pensacola) was read a third time on the Senate floor and passed with a vote of 38 yeas and 0 nays. 

This bill:

  • Prohibits local governments from adopting standards or specifications for the permissible use of aggregates that are contrary to DOT’s standards or specifications;
  • Requires any contractor desiring to bid on DOT contracts in excess of $50 million to have satisfactorily completed two projects in excess of $15 million prior to being eligible to bid;
  • Increases the dollar threshold for certain contract claims that may go before the State Arbitration Board. 

HB 905 will now go to the Governor.

AIF supports legislation that streamlines DOT regulations and provides quality infrastructure for the businesses operating on our roads.