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2018 Issues of Interest

 Last Updated: 12/9/2018

 

 

Below are the 2018 - 2019 Florida House Interim committee session dates.

Organization Session  = November 20th

Interim Committee Weeks:

  • December 11 - 13, 2018
  • January 7 - 11, 2019
  • January 22 - 25, 2019
  • February  4 - 8, 2019
  • February  11 - 15, 2019
  • February 18 - 22, 2019

Laws designed to ban or curb drivers' use of cell phones are saving motorcyclists' lives

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13 Statewide Amendments

Results from the November 6, 2018 Election

Amendment 1: Increased Homestead Property Tax Exemption - REJECTED
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Amendment 2: Permanent Cap on Non-homestead Parcel Assessment Increases - APPROVED
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Amendment 3: Voter Approval for Casino Gambling - APPROVED
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Amendment 4: Restorage of Voting Rights for Individuals with Felony Convictions - APPROVED
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Amendment 5: Increase to Two-Thirds Vote Majority in Legislature to Increase Taxes - APPROVED
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Amendment 6: Rights of Crime Victims, Increase Judge Retirement Age, and Interpreting Statutes - APPROVED
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Amendment 7: First Responder and Military Member Survivor Benefits, and Public Colleges and Universities - APPROVED
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Amendment 8: School Board Term Limits and Duties, Control of Certain Public Schools by the State, and Civic Literacy in Public Education
NOTE: Amendment 8 removed from Florida ballot by court ruling.

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Amendment 9: Prohibition of Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling and Prohibition of Vaping in Enclosed Indoor Workplaces - APPROVED
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Amendment 10: State and Local Government Structure and Operation - APPROVED

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Amendment 11: Repeal of Prohibition of Foreign-Born Persons Owning Property, Removal of Obsolete High-Speed Rail Provision, and Revision of the Effect of a Repeal of a Criminal Statute - APPROVED
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Amendment 12: Lobbying and Abuse of Office by Public Officers - APPROVED
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Amendment 13: Ban on Racing and Betting on Dog Racing - APPROVED
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TALLY NEWS

July 19, 2018

 

NEWS SERVICE FLORIDA

August 6, 2018: Lawmakers Polled on "Stand Your Ground" Session

July 25, 2018: Appeals Court Weighs Restoration of Felons' Rights

July 20, 2018: Restoring the voting rights of felons has long been a flashpoint in Florida politics

July 17, 2018: Judge Dismisses Class Action on Red Light Cameras

June 16, 2018: Poll Points to Trouble for Many Ballot Proposals

June 06, 2018: Supreme Court Ponders Question of Cars as Weapons

May 31, 2018: Court Sets Date for Felon's Rights Arguments

 

 

FLORIDA HORIZONTAL TAG LAW

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)).

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

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.