Legislative Update – December 1 2017

The Legislature will meet during the week of December 4 for its last series of interim committee meetings before the 2018 session begins on January 9.  The latest APA Florida Bill Tracking Report, dated December 1, can be accessed here.  As identified in this report, a number of bills will be discussed in committees next week.  If you are interested in following any of these meetings, you can consult the schedule on the Florida Channel on line.  Alternatively, you can go to the House or Senate webpage, click on the committee of interest, and see if it is being live-streamed.

Since the last update, the following bills of note were filed:

HB 773 – Vacation Rentals (Representative La Rosa):  This bill would revise the preemption authority in s.509.032 F.S. to add that a local law, ordinance or regulation may regulate activities that arise when a property is used as a vacation rental provided that that the regulation applies uniformly to all residential properties without regard to whether the property is used as a vacation rental, long term rental or is not rented.  The language in this bill is similar to language included in HB 425E1, filed by Representative La Rosa during the 2017 Session, that was passed by the House but indefinitely postponed by the Senate and died on the calendar.

SB 990 – Rural Communities (Senator Montford): This bill would create s.288.062, the Florida Rural Community Jobs and Business Resiliency Act.  This bill would allow the creation of rural growth funds, defined as an entity certified by DEO pursuant to certain criteria, which are intended to invest in rural businesses in counties of 75,000 or less.