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2014 Bills of Interest

 Last Updated: 02/27/2014 08:00 PM

 

 

ABATE of Florida's Bill(s)

HB 1159 - Traffic Offenses

General Bill by Dudley

Traffic Offenses: Provides criminal penalties for person who commits moving violation that causes serious bodily injury or causes death of vulnerable road user; defines term "vulnerable road user"; provides requirements for reinstatement of driving privilege.

Effective Date: July 1, 2014

Last Event: CLICK HERE

In my opinion, this is the best Bill because it defines the term "Vulnerable Road User".

the term "vulnerable road user" means:

(a) A pedestrian, including a person actually engaged in work upon a highway, or in work upon utility facilities along a highway, or engaged in the provision of emergency services within the right-of-way;

(b) A person operating a bicycle, motorcycle, scooter, or moped lawfully on the roadway;

(c) A person riding an animal; or

(d) A person lawfully operating any of the following on a public right-of-way, crosswalk, or shoulder of the roadway:

1. A farm tractor or similar vehicle designed primarily for farm use;

2. A skateboard, roller skates, or in-line skates;

3. A horse-drawn carriage;

4. An electric personal assistive mobility device; or

5. A wheelchair.

 

House Bills

HB 5 - Traffic Safety

General Bill   by Slosberg

Traffic Safety: Creates Minor Traffic Safety Act; prohibits use of electronic communications devices by drivers younger than 18 years of age; provides for voluntary contributions to AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety on driver license applications.

Effective Date: January 1, 2015

Last Event: Filed on Monday, August 19, 2013 1:04 PM

http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=51108

HB 9 - Legislative Session Dates

General Bill   by Nuñez

Legislative Session Dates: Fixes date for convening regular session of Legislature in even-numbered years.

Effective Date: upon becoming a law

Last Event: Filed on Monday, August 19, 2013 1:19 PM

http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=51110

HB 17 - Motorist Safety

General Bill   by Slosberg

Motorist Safety: Authorizes governing body of county to create yellow dot critical motorist medical information program to make critical medical information readily available to responders in event of motor vehicle accident or medical emergency involving a participant's vehicle; authorizes county to solicit sponsorships for program & enter into interlocal agreement with another county to solicit such sponsorships.

Effective Date: July 1, 2014

Last Event: Filed on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 6:29 PM

http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=51136

HB 19 - Public Records/Yellow Dot Critical Motorist Medical Information Program

General Bill   by Slosberg

Public Records/Yellow Dot Critical Motorist Medical Information Program: Provides exemption from public records requirements for specified identifying information, medical records, & medical information of participants in yellow dot critical motorist medical information program; providing for future legislative review & repeal of exemption; provides statement of public necessity; provides for contingent effect.

Effective Date: on the same date that HB 17 or similar legislation authorizing the governing body of a county to create a yellow dot critical motorist medical information program takes effect

Last Event: Filed on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 6:33 PM

http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=51137

 

 

HB 33 - Self-Defense

General Bill   by Antone

Self-Defense: Requires county sheriff or municipal police to issue reasonable guidelines for operation of neighborhood crime watch program; authorizes person to use force, except deadly force in defense of property; authorizes person to use deadly force in defense of property to prevent imminent commission of forcible felony; provides that person who uses force is immune from civil action brought by person or persons against whom force is used; revises definition of term "criminal prosecution" with regard to immunity from criminal prosecution & civil action; provides that law enforcement agency's right & duty to fully investigate use of force upon which claim of immunity is based is not restricted; deletes provision that prohibits law enforcement agency from arresting person for using force unless probable cause is found that force used was unlawful; revises when defense of justifiable use of force is unavailable to aggressor; directs FDLE to collect data alleged justifiable use of force incidents & report.

Effective Date: July 1, 2014

Last Event: Filed on Friday, August 30, 2013 9:45 AM

http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=51146

 

HB 55 - Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act

Withdrawn see HB183

HB 89 - Defense of Life, Home, and Property

General Bill by Combee

Defense of Life, Home, and Property: Provides that defensive display of weapon or firearm, including discharge of firearm for purpose of warning shot, does not constitute use of deadly force; provides immunity from prosecution for persons acting in defense of life, home, & property from violent attack or threat of violent attack through certain displays of or uses of force; limits specified provision authorizing use of deadly force by law enforcement or correctional officers; provides exemption from minimum sentence requirements related to use of weapon or firearm for persons acting in self-defense or defense of others; authorizes departure from minimum sentence requirements related to use of weapon or firearm for persons convicted of certain offenses who were not immune from prosecution but who meet specified requirements.

Effective Date: upon becoming a law

Last Event: Filed on Thursday, September 26, 2013 12:51 PM

http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=51209

HB 101 - Habitual Traffic Offender Designations

General Bill by Jones, M.

Habitual Traffic Offender Designations: Provides for removal of habitual traffic offender designation upon proof of compliance with specified statutory provisions.

Effective Date: upon becoming a law

Last Event: Filed on Friday, September 27, 2013 12:36 PM

 http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=51216

 

 

 

HB 103 - Possession or Discharge of a Firearm or Destructive Device During Commission of Specified Offenses

General Bill by Jones, M.

Possession or Discharge of a Firearm or Destructive Device During Commission of Specified Offenses: Provides that sentencing court may elect not to impose minimum term of imprisonment for person convicted of certain offenses during which person actually possessed or discharged firearm or destructive device if court finds that certain specified criteria are met; requires sentencing court that elects not to impose mandatory minimum sentence for relevant offense to make specific findings to support its decision to impose lesser term.

Effective Date: July 1, 2014

Last Event: Filed on Friday, September 27, 2013 1:24 PM

 http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=51217

 

HB 133 - Legislative Lobbying Expenditures

General Bill by Rogers

Legislative Lobbying Expenditures: Revises term "expenditure" to exclude use of public facility or public property that is made available by governmental entity to legislator for public purpose, to exempt such use from legislative lobbying requirements; provides exceptions when member or employee of Legislature may accept certain expenditures made by lobbyist or principal; provides reporting requirements; requires each house of Legislature to establish rules governing reporting procedures; provides for future expiration & reversion as of specified date of statutory text.

Effective Date: July 1, 2014

Last Event: Filed on Wednesday, October 02, 2013 3:53 PM

http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=51246

 

HB 183 - Drivers Leaving the Scene of a Crash

General Bill by Nelson

Drivers Leaving the Scene of a Crash: Designates act as "Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act"; requires driver of vehicle involved in crash that results in serious bodily injury to a person to immediately stop vehicle & remain at scene of crash; provides penalties.

Effective Date: July 1, 2014

Last Event: Filed on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 4:21 PM

http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=51303

 

 

HB 209 - Carrying Concealed Weapon or Concealed Firearm

General Bill by Fitzenhagen

Carrying Concealed Weapon or Concealed Firearm: Provides exemption from criminal penalties for carrying concealed weapon or concealed firearm when complying with mandatory evacuation order during declared state of emergency.

Effective Date: July 1, 2014

Last Event: Filed on Thursday, October 24, 2013 9:33 AM

http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=51331

 

HB 267 - Motor Vehicle Liability Insurance

General Bill by Trujillo

Motor Vehicle Liability Insurance: Revises legislative intent with respect to financial responsibility for damages caused by operation of motor vehicle; increases financial responsibility limits with respect to bodily injury or death; revises required threshold limit for self-insurers; repeals Florida Motor Vehicle No-Fault Law; provides for termination of personal injury protection policies; requires maintaining minimum security requirements allowing person to respond to property damage & bodily injury by certain date; requires insurer to notify insured about such changes by certain date; provides for applicability of suspensions for failure to maintain security; conforms provisions.

Effective Date: January 1, 2015

Last Event: Filed on Tuesday, November 05, 2013 11:26 AM

http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=51388

 

HB 293 - Use of Deadly Force

General Bill by Stafford

Use of Deadly Force: Limits application of stand your ground law to instances in which attacker commits an overt act that leads person who is attacked to believe that it is necessary to meet force with force; provides that immunity from civil & criminal liability for certain uses of deadly force does not apply if person injures child or bystander who is not affiliated with overt act.

Effective Date: July 1, 2014

Last Event: Filed on Thursday, November 07, 2013 10:22 AM

http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=51408

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HB 299 - Alcohol or Drug Impairment

General Bill by Rouson

Alcohol or Drug Impairment: Provides that person commits offenses of driving or boating while impaired if driver satisfies specified criteria relating to consumption of alcohol or controlled substances; provides that person commits offense of driving while impaired if person has in blood or urine certain controlled substances in specified circumstances; provides that person is entitled to affirmative defense to offense of driving while impaired if, under certain circumstances, person charged with offense introduced controlled substance into his or her body pursuant to prescription; provides that use of nonprescribed substance does not constitute affirmative defense; provides that legal use alcohol, controlled substances, etc. does not constitute defense against charge of driving while impaired; provides that person commits offense of use of firearm while impaired if person uses firearm & satisfies specified criteria relating to consumption of alcohol or controlled substances; revises amount of alcohol concentration that gives rise to presumption of impairment for purposes of offense.

Effective Date: July 1, 2014

Last Event: Filed on Thursday, November 07, 2013 2:39 PM

http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=51411

 

HB 305 - Regulation of Firearms and Ammunition

General Bill by Waldman

Regulation of Firearms and Ammunition: Provides that, except as otherwise expressly prohibited by State Constitution, county or municipality may regulate possession of firearms on property owned by such municipality or county.

Effective Date: July 1, 2014

Last Event: Filed on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 2:03 PM

http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=51419

 

HB 317 - Driver Licenses & Driving Privileges

General Bill by Stafford

Driver Licenses & Driving Privileges: Designates act as "Driver Accountability Act"; provides criminal penalty payment alternative if court finds that violator has demonstrable financial hardship; revises provisions relating to driving while license is suspended, revoked, canceled, or disqualified.

Effective Date: July 1, 2014

Last Event: Filed on Friday, November 15, 2013 9:10 AM

http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=51431

HB 333 - Texting While Driving

General Bill by Stark

Texting While Driving: Revises penalties for violations of Florida Ban on Texting While Driving Law; provides enhanced penalties for such violations when committed in school zone or school crossing.

Effective Date: July 1, 2014

Last Event: Filed on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 12:30 PM

 http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=51451

HB 4003 - Use of Deadly Force in Defense of a Person

General Bill   by Williams, A.

Use of Deadly Force in Defense of a Person: Repeals provisions relating to home protection & use of deadly force, which created presumption of fear of death or great bodily harm in certain circumstances & provided that person has no duty to retreat & has right to stand his or her ground & meet force with force in certain circumstances; conforms provisions.

Effective Date: upon becoming a law

Last Event: Filed on Monday, August 19, 2013 2:16 PM

http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=51111

 

HB 4009 - Traffic Infraction Detectors

General Bill by Artiles

Traffic Infraction Detectors: Repeals provisions relating to installation & use of traffic infraction detectors to enforce specified provisions when driver fails to stop at traffic signal.

Effective Date: upon becoming a law

Last Event: Filed on Friday, October 11, 2013 11:59 AM

http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=51281

 

 

HCR 8001 - Equal Rights for Men and Women

Concurrent Resolution   by Berman

Equal Rights for Men and Women: Ratifies proposed amendment to U.S. Constitution relating to equal rights for men & women.

Effective Date: Not Specified

Last Event: Filed on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 6:46 PM

http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=51160

Senant Bills

SCR 68 - Equal Rights for Men and Women

Concurrent Resolution by Joyner

Equal Rights for Men and Women: Ratifying the proposed amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to equal rights for men and women, etc.

Effective Date: Not Specified

Last Event: 08/27/13 S Referred to Judiciary; Commerce and Tourism; Rules on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 3:11 PM

http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=51088

 

SB 72 - Legislature

General Bill by Flores

Legislature: Fixing the date for convening the regular session of the Legislature in even-numbered years, etc.

Effective Date: Upon becoming a law

Last Event: 08/27/13 S Referred to Ethics and Elections; Judiciary; Rules on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 3:11 PM

http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=51091

 

SB 74 - Daylight Saving Time

General Bill by Soto

Daylight Saving Time: Citing this act as the "Sunshine Protection Act"; requiring that the State of Florida and its political subdivisions observe daylight saving time year-round, etc.

Effective Date: 07/01/2014

Last Event: 08/27/13 S Referred to Community Affairs; Commerce and Tourism; Education; Governmental Oversight and Accountability on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 3:11 PM

http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=51092

SB 102 - Drivers Leaving the Scene of a Crash

General Bill by Diaz de la Portilla (CO-SPONSORS) Garcia

Drivers Leaving the Scene of a Crash: Creating the “Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act”; requiring the driver of a vehicle involved in a crash that results in serious bodily injury to a person to immediately stop the vehicle and remain at the scene of the crash; providing that a person commits a felony of the second degree if he or she fails to stop the vehicle and remain at the scene of the crash; requiring the court to revoke for at least 3 years the driver license of a person convicted of leaving the scene of a crash involving injury, serious bodily injury, or death, etc.

Effective Date: 07/01/2014

Last Event: 08/19/13 S Filed on Monday, August 19, 2013 2:44 PM

http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=51113

 

SB 112 - Possession or Discharge of a Firearm or Destructive Device During the Commission of Specified Offenses

General Bill by Joyner

Possession or Discharge of a Firearm or Destructive Device During the Commission of Specified Offenses: Providing that a sentencing court may elect not to impose the minimum term of imprisonment for a person convicted of certain offenses during which the person actually possessed or discharged a firearm or destructive device if the court finds that certain specified criteria are met; requiring a sentencing court that elects not to impose the mandatory minimum sentence for the relevant offense to make specific findings to support its decision to impose a lesser term, etc.

Effective Date: 07/01/2014

Last Event: 09/11/13 S Referred to Criminal Justice; Judiciary; Rules on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 1:57 PM

http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=51118

 

SB 116 - Use of Deadly Force in Defense of a Person

General Bill by Thompson

Use of Deadly Force in Defense of a Person: Repealing a provision relating to home protection and the use of deadly force, which created a presumption of fear of death or great bodily harm in certain circumstances and provided that a person has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force in certain circumstances, etc.

Effective Date: Upon becoming a law

http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=51120

 

 

SB 122 - Self-defense

General Bill by Smith

Self-defense: Requiring the county sheriff or municipal police to issue reasonable guidelines for the operation of a neighborhood crime watch program; authorizing a person to use force, except deadly force in the defense of property; providing that a person who uses force is immune from civil action brought by the person or persons against whom the force is used; providing that a law enforcement agency’s right and duty to fully investigate the use of force upon which the claim of immunity is based is not restricted; directing the Department of Law Enforcement to collect, process, maintain, and disseminate information and data on all incidents concerning the alleged justifiable use of force in this state, etc.

Effective Date: 07/01/2014

Last Event: 09/11/13 S Referred to Judiciary; Criminal Justice; Rules on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 1:57 PM

http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=51125

 

 

 

SB 130 - Use of Deadly Force

General Bill by Simmons

Use of Deadly Force: Requiring the county sheriff or municipal police department to issue reasonable guidelines for the operation of neighborhood crime watch programs; providing that the guidelines are subject to reasonable exceptions; providing that a person who is justified in using force is immune from criminal prosecution and civil action initiated by the person against whom the force was used; providing that any reason, including immunity, used by an aggressor to justify the use of force is not available to the aggressor under specified circumstances, etc.

Effective Date: 10/01/2014

Last Event: 08/27/13 S Filed on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 12:30 PM

http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=51129

 

SB 144 - Traffic Infraction Detectors

General Bill by Brandes

Traffic Infraction Detectors: Repealing provisions relating to the installation and use of traffic infraction detectors to enforce specified provisions when a driver fails to stop at a traffic signal; amending provisions relating to distribution of proceeds, enforcement by traffic infraction enforcement officers using such detectors, procedures for disposition of citations, compliance, registration and renewal of license plates, and penalties, etc.

Effective Date: Upon becoming a law

Last Event: 09/04/13 S Filed on Wednesday, September 04, 2013 10:05 AM

http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=51147

SB 270 - Use of Deadly Force

General Bill by Bullard

Use of Deadly Force: Limiting the application of the stand your ground law to instances in which the attacker commits an overt act that leads the person who is attacked to believe that it is necessary to meet force with force; providing that immunity from civil and criminal liability for certain uses of deadly force does not apply if the person injures a child or bystander who is not affiliated with the overt act, etc.

Effective Date: 07/01/2014

Last Event: 11/04/13 S Referred to Judiciary; Criminal Justice; Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice; Appropriations on Monday, November 04, 2013 11:56 AM

http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=51291

SB 296 - Carrying a Concealed Weapon or a Concealed Firearm

General Bill by Brandes

Carrying a Concealed Weapon or a Concealed Firearm: Providing an exemption from criminal penalties for carrying a concealed weapon or a concealed firearm when complying with a mandatory evacuation order during a declared state of emergency, etc.

Effective Date: 07/01/2014

Last Event: 11/04/13 S Referred to Criminal Justice; Military and Veterans Affairs, Space, and Domestic Security; Community Affairs on Monday, November 04, 2013 11:56 AM

http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=51312

SB 322 - Use of Wireless Communications Devices while Driving

General Bill by Sachs (CO-SPONSORS) Bradley

Use of Wireless Communications Devices while Driving: Removing provisions that limit law enforcement of the Florida Ban on Texting While Driving Law to a secondary action, etc.

Effective Date: 10/01/2014

Last Event: 11/07/13 S Referred to Transportation; Communications, Energy, and Public Utilities; Judiciary on Thursday, November 07, 2013 8:40 AM

http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=51341

 

SB 352 - Use of Wireless Communications Devices

General Bill by Abruzzo

Use of Wireless Communications Devices: Prohibiting a person younger than 18 years of age from operating a motor vehicle while using a wireless communications device; defining the term “wireless communications device” and including cellular telephones within that definition for purposes of the act, etc.

Effective Date: 07/01/2014

Last Event: 11/07/13 S Referred to Transportation; Communications, Energy, and Public Utilities; Judiciary on Thursday, November 07, 2013 8:40 AM

http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=51374

 

SB 392 - State Speed Zones

General Bill by Brandes and Clemens

State Speed Zones: Raising the maximum allowable speed limit on certain highways; increasing the maximum allowable speed limit on roadways under the jurisdiction of the Department of Transportation, etc.

Effective Date: 07/01/2014

Last Event: 11/12/13 S Filed on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 10:08 AM

http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=51417

SB 418 - Fee Waivers for Military Veterans

General Bill by Sachs

Fee Waivers for Military Veterans: Increasing the amount of time available for a military veteran to apply to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation for certain licenses without paying initial fees, etc.

Effective Date: 07/01/2014

Last Event: 11/19/13 S Filed on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 12:52 PM

http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=51442

 

 

 

FLORIDA HORIZONTAL TAG LAW

Click HERE for the 2010 Florida State Statutes regarding Horizontal/Vertical Tags in Florida.  This language defines the new requirements.

As of 6/16/09:

Governor Crist has signed the reversal of the "Horizontal Tag" Bill that previously restricted vertical license plates on motorcycles.  THE UNLAWFUL SPEEDING VIOLATIONS ARE STILL PRESENT IN THE LAW, AND THERE ARE NOW ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS TO HAVE A VERTICAL TAG ON A MOTORCYCLE/MOPED.

CS/CS/SB 1100 Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles [CPSC]: The Bill that removes the "horizontal" wording of the motorcycle tag was signed by Officers and presented to Governor on 06/08/09 .

Here is the wording of this bill as it relates to motorcycles:
"Section 4. Subsection (3) of section 316.2085, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
316.2085 Riding on motorcycles or mopeds.—
The license tag of a motorcycle or moped must be permanently affixed to the vehicle and may not be adjusted or capable of being flipped up. No device for or method of concealing or obscuring the legibility of the license tag of a motorcycle shall be installed or used."

Click HERE for the same information presented by the Florida Dept. of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles (4th item down, F.S.S. 316.2085(3)).

 

There is still language needing cleaning up regarding this issue and the related fines, and we are working with the Florida Legislature to have the language reflect the actual intent of their wording.