2018 Legislative Session

The 2018 Legislative Session convenes on January 9 and is scheduled to end on March 9.  Interim committee meetings began in early September and will continue through December 8.  A calendar of the important dates throughout the session can be viewed here.

APA Florida will provide information to our members throughout the session.  Every Friday, a Bill Tracking Report and short update will be posted on the Legislative Page of the website.  The Bill Tracking Report provides a link to bill language, identifies the actions taken on the bill by various committees, and identifies related bills.  Beginning in December, a bi-weekly Legislative Reporter is emailed to our members.  This publication provides a short summary of individual bills and their amendments, identifies any action the Chapter is taking relative to that bill, and provides an updated bill tracking report.  At the end of the session, the Chapter will prepare and distribute a summary of the major planning related bills passed by the Legislature.  This summary will include a detailed summary of the bill provisions and will include a link to the enrolled bill language.  This summary will also be posted on the Chapter website.

If you do not deal with legislative issues on a daily basis, the information you receive from us may be confusing.  A number of materials are available at the Online Sunshine Information website to help you understand the legislative process and vocabulary:

How An Idea Becomes A Bill  (Senate Document)
Glossary of Legislative Terms  (Senate Document)  (House Document)
Frequently Asked Questions   (Senate Document)  (House Document)

If you are interested in looking at specific bill language, you can easily search for a bill using the Senate and House webpages.  You can search by bill number, statutory references or subject.  You can search for both House and Senate bills on either of these sites.  You will also have access to filed amendments and staff reports.

The most recent Bill Tracking Report, dated October 31, can be viewed here.  If at any point there is a bill that you would like to add to this tracking report or you have a question related to a bill, simply email the Chapter Office at fapa@floridaplanning.org with the request.

Additionally, the Constitution Revision Commission is underway.  The Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) convenes once every 20 years to examine the Florida Constitution and propose changes for voter consideration. Created by Article XI, Section 2 of the Florida Constitution, the CRC is composed of 37 Commissioners. Fifteen Commissioners are appointed by the Governor of Florida, nine by the President of the Florida Senate, nine by the Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives and three by the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court. The Attorney General of Florida automatically serves on the CRC. The Governor designates the Chair of the CRC.

The CRC meets for approximately one year, traveling across the State of Florida, identifying issues, performing research and possibly recommending changes to the Florida Constitution. As part of this process, the CRC holds public hearings to learn about issues that matter most to Floridians and considers proposed constitutional amendments submitted by the public. Any proposals that pass the CRC’s final vote must be filed with the Secretary of State by May 10, 2018.  They will be placed on Florida’s General Election ballot (November 6, 2018) and must secure at least 60 percent voter approval to become law.  A flow chart of how a proposal advances through the CRC process can be viewed here.   You can view both commissioner proposals and public proposals on their website.