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HOUSE SESSION, TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 2017

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CONVENED: The House convened at 10:30 a.m., Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O' Lakes, presiding.

PRAYER: Robert Sutton, a pastor at Winkler Road Baptist Church in Fort Myers, gave the opening prayer.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE FOLLOWED

LOCAL BILLS PROCEDURE:

Rules & Policy Chairman Jose Oliva, R-Miami Lakes, moved a procedure for an expedited local bill calendar that will be taken up Thursday. The motion was adopted.

SPECIAL ORDER CALENDAR:

--- HB 1225, relating to the Division of Administrative Hearings.

Sponsor Heather Fitzenhagen, R-Fort Myers, introduced the bill, which would change the way administrative law judges are appointed. The judges would be appointed by the governor and Cabinet from names submitted by a nominating commission.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 1421, relating to property insurance assignment agreements.

Sponsor James Grant, R-Tampa, introduced the bill, which addresses what are known as insurance "assignments of benefits."

Under questions from Rep. Joe Geller, D-Aventura, Grant said the bill, in part, includes a "two-way" attorney fee process to weed out "bad actors."

Other Democrats followed with questions, which were answered by Grant. He said the number of assignment-of-benefits lawsuits has soared and that additional litigation is causing higher property-insurance rates.

Rep. Evan Jenne, D-Dania Beach, proposed an amendment (702957) that he would said would prevent rate increases from July 1, 2017 to July 1, 2018, and lead to a rate rollback after July 1, 2018. Also, the Office of Insurance Regulation would have to approve rate increases at public hearings.

Rep. Sean Shaw, D-Tampa, said people should get the benefit if Grant's bill is going to pass.

Grant said the amendment would be a "counterproductive way" to roll back rates.

Geller asked about the point of making the reforms if property owners aren't going to benefit from lower insurance rates.

"It is a promise to our constituents," Jenne said.

The amendment failed.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 13, relating to community redevelopment agencies.

Sponsor Jake Raburn, R-Lithia, introduced the bill, which he said would provide more transparency and accountability for community redevelopment agencies.

Raburn proposed an amendment (938461), which he said clarified that new CRAs would be created by special act. The amendment was adopted.

Raburn proposed an amendment (881983), which was adopted.

Raburn proposed an amendment (435559), which was adopted.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 1175, relating to motor vehicle manufacturers and dealers.

Sponsor Manny Diaz, Jr., R-Hialeah, introduced the bill.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 7047, relating to the deregulation of professions and occupations.

Sponsor Halsey Beshears, R-Monticello, said the bill would deregulate a series of professions.

After a series of questions from Democrats, the bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 1169, relating to transportation facility designations.

Sponsor Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor, introduced the bill.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 351, relating to public records and public meetings.

Sponsor Bob Rommel, R-Naples, introduced the bill, which would create a Sunshine Law exemption for the hiring of university presidents and other higher-education leaders.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HJR 7105, relating to increased homestead property tax exemption.

Sponsor Mike La Rosa, R-St. Cloud, introduced the proposed constitutional amendment.

The proposal was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 7107, relating to homestead exemption implementation.

La Rosa, the sponsor, said the bill would implement the proposed constitutional amendment.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 7109, relating to taxation.

Sponsor Jim Boyd, R-Bradenton, introduced the bill, which is the House tax-cut package.

Rep. Holly Raschein, R-Key Largo, introduced part of the bill that would reduce a tax on commercial leases.

Rep. Al Jacquet, D-Lantana, introduced part of the bill that would provide a tax exemption for college textbooks.

Minority Leader Janet Cruz, D-Tampa, introduced part of the bill that would provide a tax exemption for diapers.

Rep. Katie Edwards, D-Plantation, introduced part of the bill that would provide a tax exemption for feminine-hygiene products.

Raburn introduced part of the bill that would provide about $14 million in tax cuts for the agriculture industry.

Rep. Joseph Abruzzo, D-Boynton Beach, introduced part of the bill that would provide a sales-tax "holiday" for hurricane supplies.

Rep. Mel Ponder, R-Destin, introduced part of the bill that would provide a veterans sales-tax holiday.

Boyd said the package, which also includes a back-to-school tax "holiday," includes about $300 million in tax cuts.

Boyd proposed an amendment (487009), which would expand an exemption for purchases made by governmental entities. The amendment was adopted.

Rep. Jason Brodeur, R-Sanford, proposed an amendment (088747), which involves contracting by counties with private tag agencies. Rep. Lori Berman, D-Lantana, questioned allowing private agencies to collect fees. Brodeur said the private agencies could offer longer hours than tax collectors.

Berman said the amendment should not be added to the tax package and is designed to help private tag agencies. Boyd supported the amendment, saying the changes would be optional. He said there is nothing "nefarious" about the amendment. The amendment was adopted.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 7117, relating to the statewide Medicaid managed care program.

Sponsor Travis Cummings, R-Orange Park, said the bill would consolidate regions in the Medicaid managed-care system. It also would make other changes, including seeking federal approval of eligibility requirements for people in the system.

Rep. Nicholas Duran, D-Miami, proposed an amendment (466215) that would remove a proposal that would require Medicaid recipients to pay monthly premiums. The amendment was adopted.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HM 439, relating to regulation freedom amendment.

Sponsor Dan Raulerson, R-Plant City, introduced the non-binding memorial to Congress.

The memorial was adopted in a voice vote.

--- HB 81, relating to vendors licensed under the beverage law. The bill would eliminate the state law that requires a separation of liquor sales from other retail goods.

Sponsor Bryan Avila, R-Hialeah, made a motion for the House to take up the Senate version (SB 106). The motion was approved.

Avila said the motion is a "spirit" of compromise with the Senate. The Senate version would impose a prohibition on gas stations under 10,000 square feet from being able to acquire liquor licenses.

Rep. Ralph Massullo, R-Lecanto, asked if there has been an uptick in underage drinking in states where liquor is allowed to be sold alongside other retail goods.

Avila said there are 29 states and the District of Columbia where liquor is allowed to be sold in grocery stores, and there hasn't been a "rash of underage drinking."

Rep. Ross Spano, R-Dover, asked about the impact on small businesses.

Avila said the bill doesn't change or modify the number of liquor licenses that can be approved in counties.

Rep. Randy Fine, R-Palm Bay, asked about theft of liquor at big-box retailers compared to stand-alone liquor stores. Avila said the proposal would require cashiers under 18 to be supervised by people who are at least 18 when any alcohol is sold.

Rep. Roy Hardemon, D-Miami, said he would like to see something in the bill that would separate liquor displays from the general public or direct big-box stores on where liquor could be displayed.

Rep. Scott Plakon, R-Longwood, asked if beer or liquor would be harder to steal.

Rep. Kathleen Peters, R-Treasure Island, expressed concern about retail theft that exists at Walmart in her area and asked if the change would increase the risk of alcohol access by minors.

Rep. Julio Gonzalez, R-Venice, called the proposal "anti-free market."

Rep. Scott Plakon, R-Longwood, proposed an amendment (853403) that would prohibit stores with liquor licenses from employing people under age 21. Plakon said the proposal wouldn't impact anyone unless a business opted to sell liquor over hiring minors.

Plakon proposed an amendment (305625) to the amendment.

Avila called the amendment unfriendly, along with a series of additional amendments filed by Plakon and Jacquet. Avila said the amendments are intended to "kill" the bill.

Jacquet said Plakon's amendment doesn't do anything negative to the bill.

The amendment to the amendment failed in a voice vote.

Plakon proposed a second amendment (597519) to the amendment.

Plakon withdrew the amendment to the amendment.

Plakon also withdrew a substitute amendment (039609).

Plakon's underlying amendment failed in a 70-48 vote.

Plakon proposed an amendment (469859) to further delay implementation dates within the bill. The amendment failed in a voice vote.

Jacquet proposed an amendment (433959). Jacquet withdrew the amendment.

Jacquet proposed an amendment (546841) to prohibit companies accepting tax credits from opening liquor stores in impoverished areas.

Jacquet offered a substitute amendment (267431) to prohibit businesses over 10,000 square feet from using public tax credits to open businesses that sell liquor in impoverished areas.

The substitute amendment failed in a voice vote.

The underlying amendment failed in a 77-37 vote.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 141, relating to craft distilleries.

Sponsor Cyndi Stevenson, R-Saint Johns, introduced the bill, which she said would help small distilleries grow.

Stevenson withdrew an amendment (734385).

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 853, relating to malt beverages.

The bill was temporarily postponed.

--- HB 689, relating to the Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco.

Sponsor Colleen Burton, R-Lakeland, introduced the bill.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 937, relating to warnings for lottery games.

Sponsor Jennifer Sullivan, R-Mount Dora, introduced the bill, which would place warnings on lottery tickets.

Sullivan proposed an amendment (796295), which would add warnings to lottery advertising. The amendment was adopted.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

---HB 249, relating to drug overdoses.

Rommel, the sponsor, introduced the bill, which would create a statewide reporting system about overdoses.

Rep. Larry Lee, D-Port St. Lucie, proposed an amendment (160797) that would place requirements on hospitals related to patients who are brought in for overdoses. Lee proposed an amendment to the amendment (398583), which was adopted. The underlying amendment was adopted.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 61, relating to emergency services for an unintentional drug overdose.

Lee, the sponsor, introduced the bill.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 807, relating to practices of substance abuse service providers.

Sponsor Bill Hager, R-Delray Beach, introduced the bill.

Hager proposed a technical amendment (148347), which was adopted.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 1383, relating to human trafficking.

Sponsor Jeanette Nunez, R-Miami, moved to substitute the Senate version (SB 852).

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 7049, relating to child exploitation.

Sponsor Ross Spano, R-Dover, introduced the bill.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 7053, relating to public records/minor victims of sexual offenses.

Spano, the sponsor, introduced the bill.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HJR 291, relating to exempting law enforcement officers from handgun purchase waiting period.

Sponsor Don Hahnfeldt, R-The Villages, introduced the proposed constitutional amendment.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 673, relating to exceptions to requirements for the purchase and sale of firearms.

Sponsor Robert Asencio, R-Miami, introduced the proposal.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 6501, relating to relief/J.D.S./Agency for Persons with Disabilities.

Plakon, the sponsor, introduced the claim bill, which stems from the sexual assault of a woman with disabilities in the care of the state.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 6515, relating to relief/Wendy Smith and Dennis Darling Sr./state of Florida.

Sponsor Shevrin Jones, D-West Park, introduced the claim bill, which stems from the 2001 death of Florida State University football player Devaughn Darling.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 6553, relating to relief/Cristina Alvarez and George Patnode/Department of Health.

Sponsor Jackie Toledo, R-Tampa, introduced the bill.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 7051, relating to clerks of the circuit court.

Sponsor Cord Byrd, R-Neptune Beach, introduced the bill.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 7091, relating to probation and community control.

Sponsor Thad Altman, R-Indialantic, introduced the bill.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 7065, relating to local government fiscal transparency.

Burton, the sponsor, introduced the bill.

Burton proposed an amendment (115257), which was adopted.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 139, relating to local tax referenda.

Sponsor Blaise Ingoglia, R-Spring Hill, introduced the bill, which would only allow local tax referendums on primary- or general-election ballots.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 49, relating to ad valorem taxation.

Sponsor Dane Eagle, R-Cape Coral, introduced the bill, which would provide tax relief for people whose homes were damaged last year by natural disasters.

Abruzzo proposed an amendment (649301), which was not introduced because it was late-filed.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 1123, relating to fee and surcharge reductions.

Sponsor Brad Drake, R-Eucheeanna, introduced the bill.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 961, relating to expressway authority revenue.

Nunez, the sponsor, introduced the bill, which would make changes related to the Miami-Dade County Expressway Authority.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 635, relating to the Florida Wing of the Civil Air Patrol.

The bill was temporarily postponed.

--- HB 6519, relating to relief/Amie Draiemann O'Brien, Hailey Morgan Stephenson and Christina Darby Stephenson II/Department of Transportation.

Sponsor Bob Cortes, R-Altamonte Springs, introduced the bill.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 6525, relating to relief/C.M.H./Department of Children and Families.

Grant, the sponsor, introduced the claim bill.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 6535, relating to relief/Vonshelle Brothers/Department of Health.

Jenne, the sponsor, introduced the bill.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 543, relating to regulation of health care practitioners.

Sponsor Cary Pigman, R-Avon Park, introduced the bill.

Pigman proposed an amendment (208377), which was adopted.

Brodeur proposed an amendment (442471), which was adopted.

Rep. Clay Yarborough, R-Jacksonville, proposed an amendment (356095), which was adopted.

Pigman proposed an amendment (505601), which was adopted.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 763, relating to access to health care practitioner services.

Sponsor Michael Grant, R-Port Charlotte, introduced the bill.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 359, relating to insurance.

Sponsor David Santiago, R-Deltona, introduced the bill.

Santiago proposed an amendment (292985). Santiago proposed a substitute amendment (464919), which was adopted.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 1205, relating to viatical settlement contracts.

Stevenson, the sponsor, introduced the bill. She said it would address fraud related to what are known as "stranger originated life insurance" policies.

Stevenson proposed an amendment (896111), which was adopted.

Stevenson proposed an amendment (063463), which was adopted.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 837, relating to insurer insolvency.

Raburn, the sponsor, introduced the bill.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 421, relating to public housing authority insurance.

Shaw, the sponsor, introduced the bill.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 585, relating to governance of banks and trust companies.

Sponsor Stan McClain, R-Belleview, introduced the bill.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 435, relating to international financial institutions.

Raulerson, the sponsor, introduced the bill.

Raulerson proposed an amendment (724823), which was adopted.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 437, relating to public records/international financial institutions.

Raulerson, the sponsor, introduced the bill.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 1351, relating to renewable energy source devices.

The bill was temporarily postponed.

--- HB 587, relating to nonnative animals.

Beshears, the sponsor, introduced the bill.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 1031, relating to marine turtle protection.

Altman, the sponsor, introduced the bill.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 829, relating to timeshare plans.

La Rosa, the sponsor, moved to substitute the Senate version (SB 818).

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 987, relating to public accountancy.

Sponsor Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota, introduced the bill.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 1081, relating to mortgage lending.

Ingoglia, the sponsor, introduced the bill.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 1231, relating to agricultural practices.

Raburn, the sponsor, introduced the bill.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 911, relating to insurance adjusters.

Shaw, the sponsor, introduced the bill.

Shaw proposed an amendment (909407), which he said is technical. The amendment was adopted.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 211, relating to cosmetic product registration.

Sponsor Chris Latvala, R-Clearwater, introduced the bill.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 1143, relating to coral reefs.

Sponsor Kristin Jacobs, D-Coconut Creek, introduced the bill.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 6511, relating to relief/L.T./Department of Children and Families.

Sponsor Mike Miller, R-Winter Park, introduced the bill.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 6523, relating to relief/"survivor" and estate of "victim"/DCF.

Sponsor Jose Felix Diaz, R-Miami, moved to substitute the Senate version (SB 18).

Diaz said the claim bill relates to the high-profile Nubia Barahona case, which involved a girl and her brother being tortured. Nubia Barahona died, while her brother, Victor, was injured. Diaz said the Department of Children and Families missed "many red flags." He said the claim bill is for $3.75 million.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 6027, relating to financial reporting.

Sponsor Jayer Williamson, R-Pace, introduced the bill.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 747, relating to mortgage brokering.

Sponsor Richard Stark, D-Weston, introduced the bill.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 823, relating to sharks.

Sponsor Alex Miller, R-Sarasota, moved to substitute the Senate version (SB 884).

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 7043, relating to vessels.

Raschein, the sponsor, introduced the bill.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 813, relating to flood insurance.

Lee, the sponsor, introduced the bill. He said it would help create a framework for a private flood insurance market.

Lee proposed an amendment (392033), which was adopted.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 1051, relating to the forensic hospital diversion pilot program.

Ponder, the sponsor, introduced the bill.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 1201, relating to the Department of Corrections.

Gonzalez, the sponsor, introduced the proposal.

Rep. David Richardson, D-Miami Beach, proposed an amendment (021165), which would transfer responsibility for privately operated prisons from the Department of Management Services to the Department of Corrections. Richardson said he was troubled by conditions at a privately run prison in Gadsden County. The amendment was withdrawn.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 1203, relating to public records/Department of Corrections/health information.

Gonzalez, the sponsor, introduced the bill.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 1215, relating to residential elevators.

Jacquet, the sponsor, introduced the bill.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 6529, relating to relief/Lillian Beauchamp/St. Lucie County School District.

Byrd, the sponsor, introduced the claim bill.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 6531, relating to relief/Dustin Reinhardt/Palm Beach County School Board.

Drake, the sponsor, introduced the bill.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 6539, relating to relief/Eddie Weekley and Charlotte Williams/Agency for Persons with Disabilities.

Byrd, the sponsor, introduced the bill.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 1385, relating to domestic violence.

Nunez, the sponsor, introduced the bill, which she said would strengthen penalties for domestic violence.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 859, relating to postsecondary distance education.

Sponsor Amber Mariano, R-Hudson, introduced the bill.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 1137, relating to use of state funds.

Edwards, the sponsor, introduced the bill.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 707, relating to voter registration list maintenance.

Spano, the sponsor, introduced the bill.

Spano proposed an amendment (467909), which was adopted.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 709, relating to public records/statewide voter registration system.

Spano, the sponsor, introduced the bill.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 833, relating to student eligibility for K-12 virtual instruction.

Sullivan, the sponsor, introduced the bill.

Sullivan proposed an amendment (372079). Sullivan proposed an amendment to the amendment (534469), which was adopted. The underlying amendment was adopted.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 1085, relating to Florida Keys Community College.

Raschein, the sponsor, introduced the bill.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 1391, relating to home education.

Sponsor Eric Eisnaugle, R-Orlando, introduced the bill.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 185, relating to state park fees.

Lee, the sponsor, introduced the bill.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 1283, relating to inspectors general and auditors.

Raulerson, the sponsor, introduced the bill.

Raulerson proposed an amendment (849559), which was adopted.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 1285, relating to public records/chief inspector general and agency inspectors general.

Raulerson, the sponsor, introduced the bill.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 1139, relating to minority teacher education scholars.

Sponsor Tracie Davis, D-Jacksonville, introduced the bill.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 465, relating to firefighters.

Raburn, the sponsor, introduced the bill.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 1281, relating to the Department of Management Services.

Sponsor Ben Albritton, R-Wauchula, introduced the bill.

Edwards proposed an amendment (870625), which was adopted.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 7097, relating to direct support organization of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.

Fine introduced the bill.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 6545, relating to relief/Jerry Cunningham/Broward County.

Raburn, the sponsor, introduced the bill.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 6549, relating to relief/Altavious Carter/Palm Beach County School Board.

Jose Felix Diaz, the sponsor, introduced the bill.

Diaz proposed an amendment (970685), which he said reflects a settlement reached Friday. The amendment was adopted.

The bill was rolled to third reading.

--- HB 791, relating to public records/personal identifying information in pleadings and documents filed with court for involuntary assessment under Part V, Chapter 397.

Abruzzo, the sponsor, proposed substituting the Senate version (SB 886).

The bill was rolled to third reading.

RECONSIDERATION:

Mike Miller moved to reconsider HB 925, which had passed last week. The motion carried.

CORCORAN BUDGET COMMENTS:

Corcoran said House leaders are "very, very very close" to having an agreement on budget allocations with the Senate. He said conference meetings likely would start Tuesday night.

ADJOURNMENT: Upon a motion by Oliva, the House adjourned at 4:05 p.m. and is scheduled to reconvene at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.


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4/25/2017

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