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Jacksonville NOW PAC 

Thoughts on Active Legislation 

Thanks to Judy Sheklin for pouring through the weeds to bring us this important information!

Legislative information 2021-2022 Bills Related to NOW’s Priority Issues

filed through 11-10 - 2021

Covid Special Session 2021 B - November 15-19

WE ARE OPPOSED TO THIS SESSION IN ITS ENTIRETY

HB 1B - COVID-19 Mandates

General Bill by Grall and Massullo

COVID-19 Mandates: Prohibits private employers from imposing COVID-19 vaccination mandate for certain employees; requires employer to exempt certain employee from vaccination; authorizes employee who is terminated to file complaint with DLA; requires AG to impose administrative fine for violations; specifies eligibility for reemployment assistance for unlawfully terminated employee; prohibits educational institutions & elected or appointed local officials from imposing COVID-19 vaccination mandates on students; provides right of action to obtain declaratory judgment & injunctive relief for violations; prohibits educational institutions & governmental entities from imposing COVID-19 vaccination mandates for employees;

SB 2-B - COVID-19 Mandates

General Bill by Burgess

COVID-19 Mandates: Prohibiting private employers from imposing a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for employees unless certain individual exemptions are made available; specifying conditions for claiming exemptions; requiring the Department of Health to notify a noncompliant private employer and allow such employer the opportunity to cure a violation;

HB 3B - Pub. Rec./COVID-19 Vaccination Policies and Practices

General Bill by Massullo and Grall

Pub. Rec./COVID-19 Vaccination Policies and Practices: Provides exemption from public records requirements for employee complaints alleging private employer's violation of state law regarding employer COVID-19 vaccination policies or practices & all information held by DLA pursuant to active investigation of such complaints; defines "active"; specifies information that remains confidential & exempt after investigation is completed or ceases to be active; authorizes release of confidential & exempt information to governmental entities for specified purpose; provides for future repeal of exemption; provides statement of public necessity, etc.

SB 4-B - Public Records/Employer COVID-19 Vaccination Policies

General Bill by Burgess

Public Records/Employer COVID-19 Vaccination Policies: Providing an exemption from public records requirements for employee complaints alleging a private employer’s violation of state law regarding employer COVID-19 vaccination policies or practices and all information held by the Department of Legal Affairs pursuant to an active investigation of such complaints; specifying information that remains confidential and exempt after an investigation is completed or ceases to be active; providing for future repeal of the exemption; providing a statement of public necessity, etc.

HB 5B - Florida Occupational Safety and Health State Plan

General Bill by Zika

Florida Occupational Safety and Health State Plan: Requires EOG to develop proposal for state plan to assert state jurisdiction over occupational safety & health issues for government & private employees; requires office to designate or hire necessary staff to develop proposal; requires Division of Risk Management & Division of Workers' Compensation within DFS, DOH, & DBPR to assist office with development of proposal upon request; requires office to submit status report to Legislature by specified date; requires that status report contain specified information; provides appropriation.

SB 6-B - Florida Occupational Safety and Health State Plan

General Bill by HutsonFlorida Occupational Safety and Health State Plan: Defining the term “state plan”; requiring the Executive Office of the Governor to develop a proposal for a state plan to assert state jurisdiction over occupational safety and health issues for government and private employees; requiring the Division of Risk Management and the Division of Workers’ Compensation within the Department of Financial Services, the Department of Health, and the Department of Business and Professional Regulation to assist the office with development of the proposal upon request, etc.

HB 7B - Vaccinations During Public Health Emergencies

General Bill by Andrade

Vaccinations During Public Health Emergencies: Removes authority of State

Health Officer to order vaccination of individuals upon declaration of public health emergency; revises requirement that DOH adopt certain rules.

SB 8-B - Vaccinations During Public Health Emergencies

General Bill by Bean

Vaccinations During Public Health Emergencies: Removing the authority of the State Health Officer to order the vaccination of individuals upon declaration of a public health emergency; revising a requirement that the Department of Health adopt certain rules, etc.

Regular Session - Reproductive Rights/Health

HB 167 - Abortion - Oppose

*General Bill by Barnaby

Abortion: Requires physician to conduct test for, & inform woman seeking abortion of, presence of detectable fetal heartbeat; prohibits physician from performing or inducing abortion if fetal heartbeat is detected or if physician fails to conduct test to detect fetal heartbeat; provides exceptions; authorizes private civil cause of action for certain violations; provides for civil remedies & damages.

 

SB 628 - Abortion Clinic Regulations - Support

General Bill by Book

Abortion Clinic Regulations: Deleting a specified timeframe in which certain information must be provided to a pregnant woman before a termination of pregnancy may be performed; deleting provisions prohibiting state agencies, local governmental entities, and Medicaid managed care plans from expending funds for the benefit of, paying funds to, or initiating or renewing contracts with certain organizations that perform abortions; deleting a requirement that the Agency for Health Care Administration inspect a specified percentage of abortion clinic patient records as a component of license inspections, etc.

Effective Date: 07/01/2022

Last Event: 11/03/21 S Referred to Health Policy; Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services; Appropriations on Wednesday, November 3,

 

HB 6023 - Abortion Clinic Regulations - Support

General Bill by Eskamani

Abortion Clinic Regulations: Removes requirement delaying abortion procedure; removes prohibition on expending funds for benefit of, paying funds to, or initiating or renewing contracts with certain organizations that perform abortions under certain circumstances; removes requirement that AHCA review abortion clinic patient records as component of licensure inspections.

Effective Date: July 1, 2022

Last Event: Now in Professions & Public Health Subcommittee on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 3:24 PM

SB 248 - Student Health Services- Support

General Bill by Book (CO-SPONSORS) Polsky

Student Health Services: Citing this act as the “Learning with Dignity Act”; defining the term “menstrual hygiene products”; requiring school districts to make menstrual hygiene products available, at no charge, in each school nurse’s office or other physical school facility for health services, etc.

Effective Date: 07/01/2022

Last Event: 10/13/21 S Referred to Education; Appropriations Subcommittee on Education; Appropriations on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 12:27 PM

 

SJR 412 - State Medicaid Plan- Support

Joint Resolution by Taddeo (CO-SPONSORS) Berman; Polsky; Book

State Medicaid Plan: Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to require amendment of the state Medicaid plan to provide Medicaid coverage to persons under age 65 who have an income equal to or below 138 percent of the federal poverty level, etc.

Effective Date: Not Specified

 

HB 27 - Eligibility for Medical Assistance and Related Services- Support

General Bill by Thompson (CO-SPONSORS) Benjamin

Eligibility for Medical Assistance and Related Services: Extends Medicaid eligibility to specified adults.

Effective Date: July 1, 2022

Last Event: Now in Finance & Facilities Subcommittee on Friday, September 17, 2021 3:17 PM

 

LGBTQ+ Issues

HB 211 - Youth Gender and Sexual Identity - Oppose

*General Bill by Sabatini

Youth Gender and Sexual Identity: Provides criminal penalties for health care practitioners who engage in or cause specified practices to be performed on minor under certain conditions.

 

SB 374 - Gay and Transgender Panic Legal Defenses - Support

General Bill by Book

Gay and Transgender Panic Legal Defenses: Citing this act as the "Gay and Transgender Panic Legal Defenses Prohibition Act”; providing legislative findings; defining terms; prohibiting individuals from using a nonviolent sexual advance or specified perceptions or beliefs about another individual as a defense to a criminal offense, to excuse or justify the conduct of an individual who commits a criminal offense, or to mitigate the severity of a criminal offense, etc.

Effective Date: 07/01/2022

Last Event: 10/13/21 S Referred to Judiciary; Criminal Justice; Rules on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 12:28 PM

SB 308 - Crimes Evidencing Prejudice - Support

General Bill by Berman (CO-SPONSORS) Polsky; Stewart

Crimes Evidencing Prejudice: Expanding grounds for the reclassification of crimes to include acts of prejudice based on the gender or gender identity of any person; specifying that the reclassification occurs if the crime was based in whole or in part on the race, color, ancestry, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, homeless status, advanced age, gender, or gender identity of any person; replacing the term “mental or physical disability” with the term “disability”; defining the term “disability”; expanding the data the Governor is required to collect and disseminate to include incidents of criminal acts that evidence prejudice based on gender, gender identity, or disability, etc.

Effective Date: 07/01/2022

Last Event: 10/13/21 S Referred to Criminal Justice; Judiciary; Appropriations on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 12:28 PM

 

HB 111 - Offenses Evidencing Prejudice - Support

General Bill by Geller (CO-SPONSORS) Arrington; Daley; Eskamani; Hinson; Hunschofsky; Learned; Skidmore; Smith, C.; Tant

Offenses Evidencing Prejudice: Expands grounds for reclassification of offenses to include prejudice based on gender or gender identity of any person; specifies reclassification occurs if commission of offenses is based on prejudice towards any person on specified grounds; replaces term "mental or physical disability" with term "disability"; defines "disability."

Effective Date: October 1, 2022

Last Event: Now in Criminal Justice & Public Safety Subcommittee on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 3:24 PM

 

Criminal Justice Reform

SB 428 - Elimination of Court-related Financial Obligations for Juveniles - Support

General Bill by Book

Elimination of Court-related Financial Obligations for Juveniles: Citing this act as the “Debt-Free Justice for Children Act”; deleting certain children and young adults, and the parents or guardians of such children and young adults, from numerous provisions relating to fees, costs, and financial obligations; repealing a provision relating to responsibility for cost of care and fees; providing that certain fees and court-ordered costs are unenforceable and uncollectable; requiring reinstatement of driver licenses that have been suspended for failure to make specified payments, etc.

 

HB 6061 - Death Penalty - Support

General Bill by Geller (CO-SPONSORS) Benjamin

Death Penalty: Repeals provisions providing for death penalty for capital felonies and associated provisions.

Effective Date: upon becoming a law

Last Event: Now in Criminal Justice & Public Safety Subcommittee on Friday, November 5, 2021 2:12 PM

 

HB 407 - Prosecuting Children As Adults - Support

General Bill by Tant

Prosecuting Children As Adults: Removes requirement that state attorney must either transfer & certify children of certain ages who commit specified crimes for prosecution as adults or provide written reasons; revises circumstances under which state attorney may file information in cases involving children of certain ages who commit certain crimes; provides that children 14 years of age or older, rather than children of any age, who are charged with certain offenses are subject to court jurisdiction until indictment is returned; prohibits transfer of child to adult court for criminal prosecution of indictable offense until child's competency has been restored; authorizes, rather than requires, child who is found to have committed specified crimes to be sentenced according to certain provisions & child to be sentenced as adult if child is found to have committed an offense punishable by death or life imprisonment.

Effective Date: July 1, 2022

Last Event: Now in Criminal Justice & Public Safety Subcommittee on Friday, November 5, 2021 2:12 PM

 

HB 73 (2022) - Use or Threatened Use of Force - Support

General Bill by Rayner (CO-SPONSORS) Benjamin

Use or Threatened Use of Force: Removes provisions stating persons who use or threaten to use force, other than deadly force, do not have duty to retreat before using or threatening to use such force; prohibits use of deadly force by person who knows that he or she can avoid using deadly force with complete safety by retreating; removes provisions stating person using or threatening to use deadly force does not have duty to retreat & has right to stand his or her ground; repeals provisions relating to immunity from criminal prosecution & civil action for justifiable use or threatened use of force.

 

Access to Voting

SB 368 - Voter Registration - Support

General Bill by Berman

Voter Registration: Revising the date by which the registration books must be closed before an election; revising procedures governing voter registration by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles; requiring specified applications to include a voter registration component, subject to approval by the Department of State; specifying requirements for the voter registration component, etc.

Effective Date: Except as otherwise expressly provided in this act, this act shall take effect July 1, 2022

Last Event: 10/13/21 S Referred to Ethics and Elections; Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development; Appropriations on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 12:28 PM

 

HB 69 - Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote - Support

General Bill by Geller

Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote: Provides for enactment of Agreement Among States to Elect President by National Popular Vote; provides method by which state may become member state; requires statewide popular election for President & Vice President of U.S.; establishes procedure for appointing presidential electors in member states; provides that agreement becomes effective upon occurrence of specified actions; provides for withdrawal of member state; requires notification of member states when agreement takes effect in nonmember state or when member state withdraws from agreement.

Effective Date: July 1, 2022

Last Event: Now in Public Integrity & Elections Committee on Friday, September 17, 2021 3:17 PM

 

HB 6053 - Public Disclosure of Reapportionment and Redistricting Plan Records - Support

General Bill by Geller

Public Disclosure of Reapportionment and Redistricting Plan Records: Removes public records exemption for drafts of & requests for drafts of reapportionment plans, redistricting plans, or amendments thereto & any supporting documents.

Effective Date: July 1, 2022

Last Event: Now in State Legislative Redistricting Subcommittee on Friday, November 5, 2021 12:37 PM

 

Domestic  Violence/Gun Violence 

SB 372 - Domestic Violence - Support

General Bill by Berman (CO-SPONSORS) Polsky

Domestic Violence: Prohibiting certain acts of domestic violence and dating violence; revising a prohibition on the sale or transfer of firearms to persons convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence offenses; prohibiting persons convicted of a misdemeanor offense of domestic violence from possessing a firearm or ammunition; requiring a law enforcement officer to remove firearms from the scene of an alleged act of domestic violence under certain circumstances, etc.

Effective Date: 10/01/2022

Last Event: 10/13/21 S Referred to Judiciary; Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice; Appropriations on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 12:28 PM

 

HB 83 - Domestic Violence - Support

General Bill by Eskamani (CO-SPONSORS) Arrington; Casello; Learned; Rayner

Domestic Violence: Revises prohibition on sale or transfer of firearms to persons convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence offenses; prohibits persons convicted of misdemeanor offense of domestic violence from possessing firearm or ammunition; requires persons convicted of misdemeanor offenses of domestic violence to surrender all firearms & ammunition; provides requirements for law enforcement officers carrying out court order & taking possession of firearms & ammunition; requires all law enforcement agencies to develop certain policies & procedures; authorizes defendant to elect to transfer all firearms & ammunitions that he or she owns to another person.

Effective Date: October 1, 2022

Last Event: Now in Criminal Justice & Public Safety Subcommittee on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 3:24 PM

 

SHB 19 - Firearm Restrictions Pursuant to Court Findings or Risk Protection Orders - Support

General Bill by Gottlieb (CO-SPONSORS) Benjamin; Daley

Firearm Restrictions Pursuant to Court Findings or Risk Protection Orders: Requires certain orders affecting person's ability to purchase firearm be entered into a specified database within specified period; prohibits attempted violations of provisions of firearms risk protection order.

Effective Date: October 1, 2022

Last Event: Now in Criminal Justice & Public Safety Subcommittee on Friday, September 17, 2021 3:17 PM

   

SB 760 - Human Trafficking - Support

General Bill by Berman

Human Trafficking: Revising the definition of the term “coercion”; providing criminal penalties for engaging in human trafficking or benefiting financially by receiving value from human trafficking using the labor or services or commercial sexual activity of an adult; prohibiting facilitating or enabling the receiving of persons in any place, structure, building, or conveyance for the purpose of prostitution, lewdness, or assignation, or facilitating or enabling any person to remain there for such purposes; providing increased criminal penalties for specified prohibited acts relating to prostitution, lewdness, or assignation, etc.

Effective Date: 10/01/2022

Last Event: 11/02/21 S Filed on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 12:37 PM

 

HJR 39 - Prohibition of Slavery and Involuntary Servitude - Support

Joint Resolution by Hart (CO-SPONSORS) Benjamin; Valdés

Prohibition of Slavery and Involuntary Servitude: Proposes creation of Section 28 of Article I of State Constitution to prohibit slavery & involuntary servitude.

Effective Date: Not Specified

Last Event: Now in Criminal Justice & Public Safety Subcommittee on Friday, September 17, 2021 3:17 PM

 

Racial Justice

HB 221 - Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Support

General Bill by Davis

Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Establishes Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion within EOG; provides for appointment of Chief Diversity Officer; prescribes minimum qualifications for Chief Diversity Officer; provides duties of Chief Diversity Officer, including creation of strategic plan that must be periodically updated & reviewed.

Effective Date: July 1, 2022

Last Event: Now in Government Operations Subcommittee on Friday, October 22, 2021 3:30 PM

 

HB 57 - Racial and Sexual Discrimination - Oppose

General Bill by Fine and Fischer (CO-SPONSORS) Borrero

Racial and Sexual Discrimination: Prohibits state agencies, counties, municipalities, & public K-20 educational institutions from providing mandatory training for employees or students which espouses certain concepts; requires certain diversity & inclusion efforts; requires DMS, in consultation with Florida Commission on Human Relations, to review agency diversity & inclusion training; requires contracts with agency to include option to terminate if contractor provides workforce training that espouses certain concepts; requires contractor to submit certification; requires each agency to report violations; authorizes contractor's placement on discriminatory vendor list.

Effective Date: July 1, 2022

 

SB 250 - Removing Memorializations of the Confederate States of America - Support

General Bill by Book

Removing Memorializations of the Confederate States of America: Deleting provisions prohibiting specified improper uses or mutilation of the flag or emblem of the Confederate States of America; repealing a provision relating to the mutilation of, or disrespect for, Confederate flags or replicas thereof; removing the designations of the birthdays of Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis and Confederate Memorial Day as legal holidays, etc.

Effective Date: 07/01/2022

Last Event: 10/13/21 S Referred to Community Affairs; Governmental Oversight and Accountability; Rules on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 12:27 PM

Last Event: Now in Education & Employment Committee on Friday, September 17, 2021 3:17 PM

 

HB 51 (2022) - Required Instruction in the History of the Holocaust and the History of African Americans - Support

General Bill by Thompson

Required Instruction in the History of the Holocaust and the History of African Americans: Requires DOE to prepare standards & curriculum related to history of African Americans; provides for development of specified training & resources; provides requirements for specified entities relating to history of Holocaust & history of African Americans instruction; provides for inclusion of such content in certain statewide, standardized assessments.

 

Covid Related Legislation- Regular session

HB 47 - Fraudulent Proof of Vaccination - Support

General Bill by Grieco (CO-SPONSORS) Daley

Fraudulent Proof of Vaccination: Prohibits specified actions involving fraudulent proof of vaccination.

Effective Date: October 1, 2022

Last Event: Now in Criminal Justice & Public Safety Subcommittee on Friday, September 17, 2021 3:17 PM

HB 75 - Limiting COVID-19 Restrictions - Oppose

General Bill by Sabatini

Limiting COVID-19 Restrictions: Prohibits state or any political subdivision from enacting mask mandate; provides any such mandate is void; prohibits state & local governments from requiring COVID-19 vaccinations, issuing vaccine passports or other standardized documentation to third parties, or otherwise publishing or sharing COVID-19 vaccination records; prohibits businesses from requiring customers to provide documentation certifying COVID-19 vaccination or COVID-19 post-transmission recovery or discriminating against customers on basis of their COVID-19 vaccination status or COVID-19 post-transmission recovery status; declares certain actions based on vaccination status or having immunity passport are unlawful discriminatory practices.

Effective Date: upon becoming a law

 

SB 734 - Vaccinations During Public Health Emergencies - Oppose

General Bill by Gruters

Vaccinations During Public Health Emergencies: Removing the authority of the State Health Officer to order the vaccination of individuals upon declaration of a public health emergency; revising a requirement that the Department of Health adopt certain rules, etc.

Effective Date: 07/01/2022

Last Event: 11/02/21 S Filed on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 10:29 AM

 

SB 774 - Communicable and Infectious Diseases - Oppose

General Bill by Gruters

Communicable and Infectious Diseases: Citing this act as the "Sergeant Justin White Act."; providing a presumption to specified workers that an impairment of health caused by COVID-19 or an infectious disease happened in the line of duty; requiring certain actions in order to be entitled to the presumption;