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Legislative Updates

 

On October 19, 2017 the District presented a Bill proposal to the Local Delegation for the purpose of modifying the Commissioner election process (at-large seats).  The Local Delegation refused to hear the proposal reasoning there was citizen opposition.  The Bill proposal was temporarily postponed (TP’d) to a later date, meaning the Bill could technically be entered later in the session; however, I do not anticipate this occurring.

The District also presented discussion on future funding for Station 63.  Staff specifically requested this funding be added to the annual State budget process. The legislators voiced support for this strategy.

  2018  Bills (23)
NumberTitleSponsorLast Action Date Foldered 
HB 0083Agency RulemakingSpano10/16/1711/02/17 09:24AM
Agency Rulemaking: Requires certain notices to include agency website address; requires agency to prepare statement of estimated regulatory costs before adopting or amending rule other than emergency rule or repealing rule in certain circumstances; requires DOS to include on Florida Administrative Register website agency website addresses where statements of estimated regulatory costs can be viewed; requires agency to include in its notice of intended action agency website address where statement can be read; requires agency to provide notice of revision when agency revises statement of estimated regulatory cost. Effective Date: July 1, 2018
08/23/17HOUSE Filed
08/30/17HOUSE Referred to Oversight, Transparency & Administration Subcommittee; Transportation & Tourism Appropriations Subcommittee; Government Accountability Committee
08/30/17HOUSE Now in Oversight, Transparency & Administration Subcommittee
10/04/17HOUSE On Committee agenda – Oversight, Transparency & Administration Subcommittee, 10/11/17, 9:00 am, 17 H
10/11/17HOUSE Favorable with CS by Oversight, Transparency & Administration Subcommittee; 10 Yeas, 0 Nays
10/13/17HOUSE Committee Substitute Text (C1) Filed
10/16/17HOUSE Now in Transportation & Tourism Appropriations Subcommittee

 

SB 0106Firesafety StandardsCampbell08/28/1710/11/17 03:54PM
Firesafety Standards; Authorizing certain buildings to have specified balcony guard openings, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2018
08/09/17SENATE Filed
08/28/17SENATE Referred to Community Affairs; Banking and Insurance; Rules
Public Comments
This bill revises the minimum firesafety standards to allow a building that was constructed and obtained a certificate of occupancy before 1965 may have balcony guard openings that allow passage of a sphere greater than 4 inches in diameter and less than 42 inches high if: 1. The guard was approved as a part of the original building design; 2. The guard is at least 40 inches high; and 3. The building is designated as a historic property or as a contributing property to a historic district, or is eligible for designation as a local historic property under the local preservation ordinance.

 

SB 0126Workers’ Compensation for First RespondersTorres, Jr.08/28/1708/10/17 08:42AM
(C: 227 376 )Workers’ Compensation for First Responders; Revising the standard by which a mental or nervous injury must be demonstrated for purposes of determining eligibility for benefits for employment-related accidents and injuries; removing the limitation that only medical benefits are payable for a mental or nervous injury unaccompanied by a physical injury; revising eligibility for certain payments provided under the Workers’ Compensation Law, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2018
08/09/17SENATE Filed
08/28/17SENATE Referred to Banking and Insurance; Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government; Appropriations; Rules
Public Comments
This bill changes the burden of proof for proving a mental or nervous injury must be demonstrated for purposes of determining eligibility for benefits for employment-related accidents and injuries from “clear and convincing evidence” to “a preponderance the evidence.” It removes the limitation that only medical benefits are payable for a mental or nervous injury unaccompanied by a physical injury; and it revises the eligibility for certain payments provided under the Workers’ Compensation Law.

 

HB 0183Electronic Health RecordsRussell10/03/1711/02/17 09:29AM
(S: 578 )Electronic Health Records: Requires contracted vendor to release electronic health care records to another vendor selected by health care provider within specified timeframe; provides for assessment of liquidated damages. Effective Date: July 1, 2018
09/25/17HOUSE Filed
10/03/17HOUSE Referred to Health Innovation Subcommittee; Civil Justice & Claims Subcommittee; Health & Human Services Committee
10/03/17HOUSE Now in Health Innovation Subcommittee
Public Comments
Requires contracted vendor to release electronic health care records to another vendor selected by health care provider within specified timeframe; provides for assessment of liquidated damages.

 

SB 0190E911 SystemsSteube08/28/1711/02/17 09:18AM
E911 Systems; Requiring that the Technology Program within the Department of Management Services develop and implement a plan to require that emergency dispatchers be able to transfer an emergency call from one E911 system to another E911 system in the state, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2018
08/22/17SENATE Filed
08/28/17SENATE Referred to Communications, Energy, and Public Utilities; Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government; Appropriations
Public Comments
Requires PSAPs to be able to transfer to other PSAPs

 

SB 0198FireworksSteube10/23/1710/11/17 03:53PM
Fireworks; Repealing provisions relating to the testing and approval of sparklers; repealing provisions relating to the registration of manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, and retailers of sparklers; prohibiting persons, firms, copartnerships, and corporations from selling fireworks to any person under 18 years of age, etc. Effective Date: Upon becoming a law
08/22/17SENATE Filed
08/28/17SENATE Referred to Regulated Industries; Commerce and Tourism; Rules
09/05/17SENATE On Committee agenda – Regulated Industries, 09/14/17, 1:00 pm, 110 S
09/06/17SENATE Meeting Cancelled – Regulated Industries, 09/14/17, 1:00 pm, 110 S
10/02/17SENATE On Committee agenda – Regulated Industries, 10/11/17, 2:00 p.m., 110 S
10/11/17SENATE Favorable with CS by Regulated Industries; 8 Yeas, 2 Nays
10/13/17SENATE Committee Substitute Text (C1) Filed
10/23/17SENATE Reference to Appropriations added; Remaining references: Commerce and Tourism; Appropriations; Rules
10/23/17SENATE Now in Commerce and Tourism
Public Comments
This bill repeals the statutory required testing and approval of sparklers by the Division of the State Fire Marshal of the Department of Financial Services.  In addition it repeals requirements registration of sparkler distributors, manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers; as well as eliminating the fess for such registration.  The bill also eliminates the requirement for retailers and seasonal retailers to keep, at every location where sparklers are sold, a copy of an invoice or other evidence of purchase from the manufacturer, distributor, or wholesaler, which states the registration certificate number for the particular manufacturer, distributor, or wholesaler and the specific items covered by the invoice.

The Florida Fire Chiefs’ Association is opposed to the consumer purchase and use of fireworks in the State of Florida. Despite the dangers of fireworks, few people understand the associated risks which include devastating burns, traumatic amputations and other injuries, fires, and even death. We support legislation or rule making that would improve life safety and property protection from the dangers of fireworks and oppose the legalization and sale of fireworks to consumers in the State.

 

HB 0225Employment DiscriminationDavis10/12/1710/11/17 01:29PM
Employment Discrimination: Prohibits employer from taking retaliatory personnel action against employee for evacuating under emergency evacuation order; provides exceptions; provides for remedies, relief, & attorney fees & costs. Effective Date: July 1, 2018
10/03/17HOUSE Filed
10/12/17HOUSE Referred to Careers & Competition Subcommittee; Civil Justice & Claims Subcommittee; Commerce Committee
10/12/17HOUSE Now in Careers & Competition Subcommittee
Public Comments
This bill prohibits employer from taking retaliatory personnel action against employee for evacuating under emergency evacuation order. Individuals employed as emergency personnel are exempted from this legislation if: (a) the employer provides adequate emergency shelter for those  individuals. (b) A person who is necessary to provide for the safety and well-being of the general public, including a person necessary for the restoration of vital services. (c) Individuals employed at a nursing home facility, as defined in s. 400.021; hospice, as defined in s. 400.601;  assisted living facility, as defined in s. 429.02; or hospital, as defined in s. 395.002.

 

HB 0227Workers’ Compensation Benefits for First RespondersWillhite10/12/1710/11/17 01:26PM
(C: 126 )
(I: 376 )
Workers’ Compensation Benefits for First Responders: Deletes certain limitations relating to workers’ compensation benefits for first responders; provides first responders are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits for mental or nervous injuries regardless of whether such injuries are accompanied by physical injuries. Effective Date: July 1, 2018
10/03/17HOUSE Filed
10/12/17HOUSE Referred to Oversight, Transparency & Administration Subcommittee; Government Operations & Technology Appropriations Subcommittee; Government Accountability Committee
10/12/17HOUSE Now in Oversight, Transparency & Administration Subcommittee
Public Comments
This bill revises certain limitations relating to workers’ compensation benefits for first responders and mandates that law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and paramedics are entitled to benefits under the Workers’ Compensation Law for mental or nervous injuries, whether or not such injuries are accompanied by physical injuries requiring medical treatment.  This bill does not revise the burden of proof which would remain as “demonstrated by clear and convincing evidence.”

 

SB 0270Involuntary Examination and Involuntary Admission of MinorsSteube09/22/1711/02/17 09:33AM
Involuntary Examination and Involuntary Admission of Minors; Authorizing a designated law enforcement agency to decline to transport a minor 14 years of age or younger to a receiving facility for mental health or substance abuse evaluation if the parent or guardian of the minor agrees to transport the minor to the receiving facility; requiring the examination of a minor 14 years of age or younger to be initiated within 8 hours after the patient’s arrival at the receiving facility, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2018
09/07/17SENATE Filed
09/22/17SENATE Referred to Criminal Justice; Children, Families, and Elder Affairs; Rules
Public Comments
Authorizing a designated law enforcement agency to decline to transport a minor 14 years of age or younger to a receiving facility for mental health or substance abuse evaluation if the parent or guardian of the minor agrees to transport the minor to the receiving facility;

 

SB 0280TelehealthBean09/29/1711/02/17 10:14AM
Telehealth; Encouraging the state group health insurance program to offer health insurance plans that include telehealth coverage for state employees; establishing the standard of care for telehealth providers; encouraging insurers offering certain rating plans for workers’ compensation and employer’s liability insurance, which are approved by the Office of Insurance Regulation, to include in the plans services provided through telehealth, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2018
09/14/17SENATE Filed
09/29/17SENATE Referred to Banking and Insurance; Health Policy; Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services; Appropriations
Public Comments
“Telehealth provider” includes a person who provides health care services and related services through telehealth and who is licensed under part III of chapter 401.

 

HB 0285Emergency Medical ServicesPigman10/18/1710/11/17 01:27PM
(I: 488 )Emergency Medical Services: Exempts certain governmental entities from requirement to obtain certificate of public convenience & necessity to provide advanced life support nontransport services under specified conditions. Effective Date: July 1, 2018
10/10/17HOUSE Filed
10/18/17HOUSE Referred to Health Quality Subcommittee; Local, Federal & Veterans Affairs Subcommittee; Health & Human Services Committee
10/18/17HOUSE Now in Health Quality Subcommittee
Public Comments
This bill exempts a governmental entity that maintains fire rescue infrastructure and provides first responders as defined in s.112.1815 from the requirement of obtaining a certificate of public convenience and necessity or any other authorization from a county to provide advanced life support nontransport services.  The exception to the certificate of public convenience and necessity requirement does not apply to a county in which there is a countywide emergency medical services authority created by special act (Pinellas).

 

HB 0299Florida Building CommissionMcClain10/25/1710/12/17 04:04PM
Florida Building Commission: Revises membership of the commission; revises membership qualifications. Effective Date: July 1, 2018
10/11/17HOUSE Filed
10/18/17HOUSE Referred to Careers & Competition Subcommittee; Commerce Committee
10/18/17HOUSE Now in Careers & Competition Subcommittee
10/18/17HOUSE On Committee agenda – Careers & Competition Subcommittee, 10/25/17, 4:00 pm, 212 K
10/25/17HOUSE Temporarily Postponed by Careers & Competition Subcommittee
Public Comments
This bill revises the Florida Building Commission membership makeup and membership qualifications.

It eliminates the requirement for “Three members who is are a municipal or district code codes enforcement officials, one of whom is also a fire official; and instead, requires one member who is a municipal or district code enforcement official.

It eliminates the member who represents the Department of Financial Services.

 

HB 0309Fire SafetyAntone10/18/1710/12/17 10:47AM
(I: 394 )Fire Safety: Requires Division of State Fire Marshal to establish specified courses as part of firefighter & volunteer firefighter training & certification; revises firefighter certification requirements; specifies division’s authority to adopt rules for training related to cancer & mental health risks within fire service. Effective Date: July 1, 2018
10/12/17HOUSE Filed
10/18/17HOUSE Referred to Oversight, Transparency & Administration Subcommittee; Government Operations & Technology Appropriations Subcommittee; Government Accountability Committee
10/18/17HOUSE Now in Oversight, Transparency & Administration Subcommittee
Public Comments
This bill is a top priority for the Florida Fire Chiefs Association by amending Florida State Statute Chapter 633 to require training related to cancer and mental health risks for all career and volunteer firefighters seeking certification. Such training must be a requirement for obtaining a Firefighter Certificate of Compliance, Volunteer Firefighter Certificate of Completion, or Special Certificate of Compliance. The training must include cancer and mental health awareness, prevention, mitigation, and treatment. The training must specifically include lifestyle, environmental, inherited, and occupational risks, and emphasize appropriate behavior, attitude, and cultural changes within the fire service. Currently certified firefighters shall have such training made available to them.

The bill requires certified firefighters to be a nonuser of tobacco or tobacco products for at least 1 year immediately preceding application and throughout his or her career in the fire service, as evidenced by the sworn affidavit of the applicant.

 

HB 0345Duty to Provide Emergency AssistanceGoodson10/26/1710/30/17 10:20AM
(I: 516 )Duty to Provide Emergency Assistance: Requires person at scene of emergency to provide reasonable assistance to endangered person; provides criminal penalties; provides immunity from liability for providing reasonable assistance. Effective Date: October 1, 2018
10/16/17HOUSE Filed
10/26/17HOUSE Referred to Criminal Justice Subcommittee; Justice Appropriations Subcommittee; Judiciary Committee
10/26/17HOUSE Now in Criminal Justice Subcommittee
Public Comments
This bill requires a person at the scene of an emergency to provide reasonable assistance to an endangered person and provides immunity from liability for providing reasonable assistance.

 

SB 0376Workers’ Compensation Benefits for First RespondersBook10/25/1710/11/17 01:26PM
(C: 126 )
(I: 227 )
Workers’ Compensation Benefits for First Responders; Deleting certain limitations relating to workers’ compensation benefits for first responders; providing that law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and paramedics are entitled to benefits under the Workers’ Compensation Law for mental or nervous injuries, whether or not such injuries are accompanied by physical injuries requiring medical treatment, under specified circumstances, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2018
10/02/17SENATE Filed
10/25/17SENATE Referred to Banking and Insurance; Commerce and Tourism; Appropriations; Rules
Public Comments
This bill revises certain limitations relating to workers’ compensation benefits for first responders and mandates that law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and paramedics are entitled to benefits under the Workers’ Compensation Law for mental or nervous injuries, whether or not such injuries are accompanied by physical injuries requiring medical treatment.  This bill does not revise the burden of proof which would remain as “demonstrated by clear and convincing evidence.”

 

SB 0394Fire SafetyBracy10/25/1710/11/17 01:30PM
(I: 309 )Fire Safety; Requiring the Division of State Fire Marshal to establish specified courses as a part of firefighter and volunteer firefighter training and certification; specifying the division’s authority to adopt rules for training related to cancer and mental health risks within the fire service, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2018
10/03/17SENATE Filed
10/25/17SENATE Referred to Governmental Oversight and Accountability; Health Policy; Rules
Public Comments
This bill is a top priority for the Florida Fire Chiefs Association by amending Florida State Statute Chapter 633 to require training related to cancer and mental health risks for all career and volunteer firefighters seeking certification.   Such training must be a requirement for obtaining a Firefighter Certificate of Compliance, Volunteer Firefighter Certificate of Completion, or Special Certificate of Compliance. The training must include cancer and mental health awareness, prevention, mitigation, and treatment. The training must specifically include lifestyle, environmental, inherited, and occupational risks, and emphasize appropriate behavior, attitude, and cultural changes within the fire service.

Currently certified firefighters shall have such training made available to them.

The bill requires certified firefighters to be a nonuser of tobacco or tobacco products for at least 1 year immediately preceding application and throughout his or her career in the fire service, as evidenced by the sworn affidavit of the applicant.

 

HB 0411Public Records and Public Meetings/Firesafety SystemsClemons11/01/1711/02/17 09:37AM
(I: 738 )Public Records and Public Meetings/Firesafety Systems: Provides exemption from public records requirements for firesafety system plans held by agency, exemption from public records & public meetings requirements for information relating to firesafety systems for certain properties & meetings relating to such systems & information, & exemption from public meetings requirements for portions of meetings that would reveal such plans held by agency; provides for retroactive application, for future legislative review & repeal, & statement of public necessity. Effective Date: upon becoming a law
10/23/17HOUSE Filed
11/01/17HOUSE Referred to Oversight, Transparency & Administration Subcommittee; Government Accountability Committee
11/01/17HOUSE Now in Oversight, Transparency & Administration Subcommittee
Public Comments
Provides exemption from public records requirements for firesafety system plans

 

SB 0474Physician Orders for Life-sustaining TreatmentBrandes10/25/1710/11/17 01:27PM
(L: 476 )Physician Orders for Life-sustaining Treatment; Establishing the Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) Program within the Department of Health; requiring the Agency for Health Care Administration to establish and maintain a database of compassionate and palliative care plans by a specified date; authorizing specified personnel to withhold or withdraw cardiopulmonary resuscitation if presented with a POLST form that contains an order not to resuscitate the patient; requiring the Department of Elderly Affairs, in consultation with the agency, to adopt by rule procedures for the implementation of POLST forms in hospice care, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2018
10/10/17SENATE Filed
10/25/17SENATE Referred to Health Policy; Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services; Appropriations
Public Comments
This bill establishing the Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) Program within the Department of Health and authorizes specified personnel to withhold or withdraw cardiopulmonary resuscitation if presented with a POLST form that contains an order not to resuscitate the patient.

 

SB 0476Public Records/Compassionate and Palliative Care Plans/Agency for Health Care AdministrationBrandes10/25/1710/11/17 01:27PM
(L: 474 )Public Records/Compassionate and Palliative Care Plans/Agency for Health Care Administration; Creating an exemption from public records for personal identifying information in compassionate and palliative care plans filed with the Clearinghouse for Compassionate and Palliative Care Plans managed by the Agency for Health Care Administration or its designee; providing for future legislative review and repeal of the exemption under the Open Government Sunset Review Act; providing a statement of public necessity, etc. Effective Date: On the same date that SB 474 or similar legislation takes effect if such legislation is adopted in the same legislative session or an extension thereof and becomes a law
10/10/17SENATE Filed
10/25/17SENATE Referred to Health Policy; Governmental Oversight and Accountability; Rules

 

SB 0488Emergency Medical ServicesGrimsley10/25/1710/11/17 01:27PM
(I: 285 )Emergency Medical Services; Exempting certain governmental entities from the requirement to obtain a certificate of public convenience and necessity to provide certain emergency services under specified conditions, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2018
10/10/17SENATE Filed
10/25/17SENATE Referred to Health Policy; Community Affairs; Rules
Public Comments
This bill exempts a governmental entity that maintains fire rescue infrastructure and provides first responders as defined in s.112.1815 from the requirement of obtaining a certificate of public convenience and necessity or any other authorization from a county to provide advanced life support nontransport services. The exception to the certificate of public convenience and necessity requirement does not apply to a county in which there is a countywide emergency medical services authority created by special act (Pinellas).

 

SB 0516Duty to Provide Emergency AssistanceMayfield10/26/1710/12/17 09:26AM
(I: 345 )Duty to Provide Emergency Assistance; Requiring a person at the scene of an emergency to provide reasonable assistance to an endangered person; providing a criminal penalty; providing immunity from liability for providing reasonable assistance, etc. Effective Date: 10/1/2018
10/11/17SENATE Filed
10/26/17SENATE Referred to Criminal Justice; Judiciary; Appropriations; Rules
Public Comments
This bill requires a person at the scene of an emergency to provide reasonable assistance to an endangered person and provides immunity from liability for providing reasonable assistance.

 

SB 0556Emergency Medical Air Transportation ServicesStewart11/02/1710/30/17 10:26AM
Emergency Medical Air Transportation Services; Creating the “Emergency Medical Air Transportation Act”; directing the Department of Health to establish the Emergency Medical Air Transportation Act Account within the Emergency Medical Services Trust Fund; providing conditions for the department to increase Florida Medicaid reimbursement payments to emergency medical air transportation services providers, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2018
10/18/17SENATE Filed
11/02/17SENATE Referred to Health Policy; Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services; Appropriations

 

SB 0578Electronic Health RecordsThurston, Jr.11/02/1711/02/17 09:29AM
(S: 183 )Electronic Health Records; Requiring a contracted vendor to release certain electronic health care records to another vendor selected by the health care provider within a specified timeframe; requiring a contract between a vendor and a health care provider to include a certain provision related to the payment of liquidated damages, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2018
10/20/17SENATE Filed
11/02/17SENATE Referred to Health Policy; Judiciary; Rules
Public Comments
Requires contracted vendor to release electronic health care records to another vendor selected by health care provider within specified timeframe; provides for assessment of liquidated damages.

 

 
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