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Daily Legislative Brief from February 19, 2020

Information Technology

SB 1870 – Relating to Technological Development

On Wednesday, February 19, SB 1870 by Senator Travis Hutson (R-Palm Coast) was heard by the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee and was reported favorable with 4 yeas and 3 nays. AIF’s Senior Vice President of State and Federal Affairs, Brewster Bevis, stood in support of this legislation.

The Department of Management Services (DMS) oversees information technology governance and security for the executive branch of state government. The Division of State Technology (DST), a subdivision of DMS subject to its control and supervision, implements DMS’s duties and policies in this area.

The bill:

  • Renames DST to Division of Telecommunications and establishes the Florida Digital Service (FDS) under DMS.
  • Places new duties and responsibilities under FDS and expands the duties and responsibilities currently assigned to DMS and DST.
  • Tasks FDS with procuring a credential service provider for the purpose of creating digital driver licenses or identification cards.
  • Creates the Division of Telecommunications within DMS, removes DST as the head of the E911 system in Florida, and places the Division of Telecommunications as its new head.

The Office of Financial Regulation (OFR) regulates money services businesses, which include money transmitters and payment instrument sellers. The bill creates the Financial Technology Sandbox within the OFR to allow a person to make an innovative financial product or service available to consumers as a money transmitter or payment instrument seller during a sandbox period that is not longer than 24 months. The sandbox provides regulatory flexibility by permitting the OFR to waive specified statutes and corresponding rule requirements.

SB 1870 will now move to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

AIF supports stronger investments in IT and the modernization of Florida’s outdated systems and processes that will greatly benefit the government and business relationship in the state.