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2018 Issues of Interest

 Last Updated: 01/18/2019

 

 

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

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 (12/5/18) Read PDF File

State Laws to Curb Drivers’ Use of Cell Phones Appear to Be Saving Lives of Motorcyclists (1/7/19) Read PDF File

 

2019 BILLS OF INTEREST

HB 71: Traffic Offenses
GENERAL BILL by McClain

Traffic Offenses; Provides criminal penalties for person who commits moving violation that causes serious bodily injury to or death of vulnerable road user; requires person to pay specified fine, serve minimum period of house arrest, & attend driver improvement course; requires court to revoke person's driver license for minimum specified period; defines "vulnerable road user".
Effective Date: 7/1/2019 
Last Action: 1/3/2019 House - Referred to Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee; Criminal Justice Subcommittee; State Affairs Committee
Related bills – SB 158

SB 158: Traffic Offenses
GENERAL BILL by Baxley

Traffic Offenses; Citing this act as the "Vulnerable Road User Act"; providing criminal penalties for a person who commits a moving violation that causes serious bodily injury to, or causes the death of, a vulnerable road user; requiring that the person pay a specified fine, serve a minimum period of house arrest, and attend a driver improvement course; requiring that the court revoke the person’s driver license for a minimum specified period, etc.
Effective Date: 7/1/2019
Last Action: 1/10/2019 Senate - Referred to Infrastructure and Security; Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice; Appropriations

HB 45: Use of Wireless Communications Devices While Driving
GENERAL BILL by Slosberg

Use of Wireless Communications Devices While Driving; Revises short title & legislative intent; prohibits operation of motor vehicle while holding or touching wireless communications device; provides exceptions; requires law enforcement officer to record certain information on citation; requires law enforcement agencies to provide such information to DHSMV; requires report to Governor & Legislature; removes requirement that enforcement be accomplished only as secondary action.
Effective Date: 10/1/2019
Last Action: 11/26/2018 House – Filed
Related bills – HB 107 & SB 76

HB 107: Use of Wireless Communications Devices while Driving
GENERAL BILL by Toledo

Use of Wireless Communications Devices while Driving; Revises short title & legislative intent; prohibits person from operating motor vehicle while using wireless communications device for purpose of nonvoice or voice interpersonal communication; redefines term "wireless communications device" to include voice communications; requires deposit of fines into Emergency Medical Services Trust Fund; removes provision requiring that enforcement be accomplished only as secondary action.
Effective Date: 10/1/2019
Last Action: 12/17/2018 House – Filed

SB 76: Use of Wireless Communications Devices While Driving
GENERAL BILL by Simpson

Use of Wireless Communications Devices While Driving; Creating the "Florida Ban on Wireless Communications Devices While Driving Law"; prohibiting a person from operating a motor vehicle while listening or talking on a wireless communications device for the purpose of voice interpersonal communication; deleting a provision requiring that enforcement of this section be accomplished only as a secondary action, etc.
Effective Date: 10/1/2019
Last Action: 12/13/2018 Senate – Referred to Infrastructure and Security; Innovation, Industry, and Technology; Judiciary; Rules

SB 108: Regulation of Concealed Weapons Licenses
GENERAL BILL by Book; (CO-INTRODUCERS) Stewart

Regulation of Concealed Weapons Licenses; Transferring the concealed weapons licensing program of the Division of Licensing of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to the Department of Law Enforcement by a type two transfer; creating the Concealed Weapons Licensing Program in the Department of Law Enforcement; redesignating the Department of Law Enforcement as the entity responsible for regulating, and collecting payments and fees from, concealed weapons licensing, etc.
Effective Date: 1/1/2020
Last Action: 11/29/2018 Senate - Filed

November 2018 Election
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.