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HB 0085 Diesel Exhaust Capture Systems by Casello
  Diesel Exhaust Capture Systems: Requires Florida Building Commission to incorporate into Florida Building Code specified requirements related to fire stations. Effective Date: July 1, 2020
  Committees of Reference
  House Business & Professions Subcommittee (Current Reference)
House Government Operations & Technology Appropriations Subcommittee
House Commerce Committee
  Actions
  09/23/2019 HOUSE Now in Business & Professions Subcommittee
  Bill Notes
  No notes.
 
FFCA Bill Tracking 2020 Priority / Importance / Position
  no prioritymedium importanceneutral position
  Public Comments
  This bill creates section 553.8955, Florida Statutes to require the installation of diesel exhaust capture systems as a requirement of the Florida Building Code for any fire station that is newly constructed or that undergoes substantial renovation ($100,000 or more) on or after July 1, 2020. The bill also requires that any fire station that has closed bays and is in existence before July 1, 2020 must install a diesel exhaust capture system by July 1, 2025. The FFCA is monitoring this bill closely - as we have a number of members who do not use capture systems but instead use an exhaust filtration system. There is not a companion bill at this time, so we are not investing to much effort into it for now.
  Private Comments
  No comments exist.
 
HB 0215 Firefighters' Bill of Rights by Casello
  Firefighters' Bill of Rights: Requires witnesses be interviewed & information be provided to firefighter before interrogation is conducted; authorizes firefighter to provide voluntary statement at any time after being informed of certain right; prohibits firefighter from being threatened during interrogation; requires copy of interrogation be provided to firefighter within specified timeframe, upon request; requires that firefighter be notified & provided certain information before certain disciplinary actions are taken & given opportunity to address certain findings. Effective Date: July 1, 2020
  Committees of Reference
  House Oversight, Transparency & Public Management Subcommittee (Current Reference)
House Civil Justice Subcommittee
House State Affairs Committee
  Actions
  10/10/2019 HOUSE Now in Oversight, Transparency & Public Management Subcommittee
  Identical
  SB 0620 Firefighters’ Bill of Rights (Hooper)
  Bill Notes
  No notes.
 
FFCA Bill Tracking 2020 Priority / Importance / Position
  top priorityhigh importanceoppose position
  Public Comments
  This bill revises the current Florida Firefighter Bill of Rights Statutes to make require that the entire bill of rights process be followed including during the informal inquiry process, Currently the informal inquiry process falls out of the bill of rights process. We are strongly opposed to this part of the bill as the informal inquiry process is an important part of determining whether a formal investigation should be commenced or not. The police bill of rights does not become effective until a police officer is "under investigation." The bill also requires that all identifiable witnesses must be interviewed before the beginning of the interrogation of the firefighter. The bill requires that all witness statements, and all other existing evidence, including, but not limited to, incident reports, GPS locator information, and audio or video recordings relating to the incident under investigation, must be provided to each firefighter who is the subject of the complaint before he or she is interrogated. The FFCA opposes this bill as it will waste time and tax dollars by requiring investigations to be conducted when they may not be required and requiring extensive efforts to be expended before even asking the involved firefighter simple questions to determine if in fact an investigation is warranted.
  Private Comments
  No comments exist.
 
SB 0230 Department of Health by Harrell
  Department of Health; Requiring the Department of Health to develop strategies to maximize federal-state partnerships that provide incentives for physicians to practice in medically underserved or rural areas; revising licensure requirements for a person seeking licensure or certification as an osteopathic physician; extending through 2025 the Florida Center for Nursing’s responsibility to study and issue an annual report on the implementation of nursing education programs; requiring dentists and certified registered dental hygienists to report in writing certain adverse incidents to the department within a specified timeframe; revising athletic trainer licensure requirements, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2020
  Committees of Reference
  Senate Health Policy
Senate Appropriations (Current Reference)
Senate Rules
  Actions
  10/23/2019 SENATE Now in Appropriations
  Compare
  SB 0218 Licensure Requirements for Osteopathic Physicians (Harrell)
  HB 0221 Osteopathic Physicians Certification and Licensure (Roach)
  SB 0226 Athletic Trainers (Harrell)
  SB 0390 Massage Therapy (Hooper)
  HB 0485 Athletic Trainers (Antone)
  HB 0677 Chiropractic Medicine (Smith (D))
  Similar
  HB 0713 Department of Health (Rodriguez (AM))
  Bill Notes
  No notes.
 
FFCA Bill Tracking 2020 Priority / Importance / Position
  top priorityhigh importancesupport position
  Public Comments
  This extensive DOH agency bill includes language that was offered by the FFCA to amend s. 401.35, F.S. to clarify applicability of certain ambulance rules to include emergency medical services vehicles; deleting the requirement that the department base rules governing medical supplies and equipment required in ambulances and emergency medical services vehicles on a certain association’s standards; deleting the requirement that the department base rules governing ambulance or emergency medical services vehicle design and construction on a certain agency’s standards and instead requiring the department to base such rules on national standards in effect on a certain date. We strongly support this bill as it includes our language to revise the ambulance equipment and ambulance vehicle design standards. The bill does not currently have a house companion at this time.
  Private Comments
  No comments exist.
 
HB 0275 First Aid for Severe Bleeding by Grieco
  First Aid for Severe Bleeding: Requires placement of bleeding control kits in state buildings & schools; requires school districts to provide instruction for all students in first aid for severe bleeding; requires DOE to develop list of approved first aid for severe bleeding instructional programs for certain instructional personnel. Effective Date: July 1, 2020
  Committees of Reference
  House Health Quality Subcommittee (Current Reference)
House Appropriations Committee
House Education Committee
  Actions
  10/14/2019 HOUSE Now in Health Quality Subcommittee
  Similar
  SB 0934 First Aid for Severe Bleeding (Pizzo)
  Bill Notes
  No notes.
 
FFCA Bill Tracking 2020 Priority / Importance / Position
  no prioritymedium importancesupport position
  Public Comments
  This bill requires the State Surgeon General to adopt guidelines for the placement of bleeding control kits in state buildings and provides requirements for the placement of such kits. The bill also requires district school boards to provide a bleeding control kit in every school within the school district and requires school districts to provide instruction for all students in first aid for severe bleeding at least once before graduating from high school. The FFCA supports this bill.
  Private Comments
  No comments exist.
 
HB 0281 First Responder Property Tax Exemption by Hattersley
  First Responder Property Tax Exemption: Revises definition of term "first responder," for purposes of property tax exemption, to include specified law enforcement officers & firefighters; defines "law enforcement officer" for certain purposes; provides applicability. Effective Date: July 1, 2020
  Committees of Reference
  House Local, Federal & Veterans Affairs Subcommittee (Current Reference)
House Ways & Means Committee
House State Affairs Committee
  Actions
  11/21/2019 Bill to be Discussed During the Office of EDR's Revenue Estimating Impact Conference, 11/22/19, 9:00 am, 117 K (No Votes Will Be Taken)
  Similar
  SB 0484 First Responder Property Tax Exemption (Simmons)
  Bill Notes
  No notes.
 
FFCA Bill Tracking 2020 Priority / Importance / Position
  no prioritymedium importancesupport position
  Public Comments
  This bill revises the definition of a first responder to include law enforcement officers and firefighters of another state who sustained a total and permanent disability in the line of duty and provides the current exemption from property taxes to those first responders. The FFCA supports this bill.
  Private Comments
  No comments exist.
 
HB 0477 Supermajority Vote Required to Impose, Authorize, or Raise Local Taxes or Fees by Rommel
  Supermajority Vote Required to Impose, Authorize, or Raise Local Taxes or Fees: Proposes amendment to constitution to prohibit municipality, county, school board, or special district from imposing, authorizing, or raising local tax or fee except by vote approved by two-thirds of membership of relevant jurisdiction, & requires any such proposed local tax or fee imposition or increase to be contained in separate resolution or ordinance. Effective Date: Not Specified
  Committees of Reference
  House Local, Federal & Veterans Affairs Subcommittee (Current Reference)
House Ways & Means Committee
House State Affairs Committee
  Actions
  11/21/2019 Bill to be Discussed During the Office of EDR's Revenue Estimating Impact Conference, 11/22/19, 9:00 am, 117 K (No Votes Will Be Taken)
  Bill Notes
  No notes.
 
FFCA Bill Tracking 2020 Priority / Importance / Position
  no priorityhigh importanceneutral position
  Public Comments
  This is a joint resolution proposing the creation of Section 20 of Article VII of the State Constitution to provide that no local tax or fee may be imposed, authorized, or raised by a local jurisdiction or taxing district except through approval of two-thirds of the membership of the jurisdiction or taxing district. This bill could be problematical for fire agencies in terms of funding. The FFCA is closely monitoring this bill.
  Private Comments
  No comments exist.
 
SB 0484 First Responder Property Tax Exemption by Simmons
  First Responder Property Tax Exemption; Revising the definition of the term “first responder” for purposes of eligibility for the tax exemption to include a law enforcement officer or firefighter who, before becoming a resident of this state, sustained a total and permanent disability in the line of duty while serving as a full-time paid law enforcement officer or firefighter in another state; defining the term “law enforcement officer," etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2020
  Committees of Reference
  Senate Community Affairs (Current Reference)
Senate Finance and Tax
Senate Appropriations
  Actions
  11/01/2019 SENATE Referred to Community Affairs; Finance and Tax; Appropriations
  Similar
  HB 0281 First Responder Property Tax Exemption (Hattersley)
  Bill Notes
  No notes.
 
FFCA Bill Tracking 2020 Priority / Importance / Position
  no prioritymedium importancesupport position
  Public Comments
  This bill revises the definition of a first responder to include law enforcement officers and firefighters of another state who sustained a total and permanent disability in the line of duty and provides the current exemption from property taxes to those first responders. The FFCA supports this bill.
  Private Comments
  No comments exist.
 
HB 0487 Fire Prevention and Control by Fetterhoff
  Fire Prevention and Control: Creates Firefighter Cancer Decontamination Equipment Grant Program for certain purposes; requires Division of State Fire Marshal to administer program & annually award grants to qualifying fire departments; requires State Fire Marshal to adopt rules & procedures; provides eligibility requirements; provides requirements for grant recipients. Effective Date: July 1, 2020
  Committees of Reference
  House Insurance & Banking Subcommittee (Current Reference)
House Government Operations & Technology Appropriations Subcommittee
House Commerce Committee
  Actions
  11/07/2019 HOUSE Now in Insurance & Banking Subcommittee
  Bill Notes
  No notes.
 
FFCA Bill Tracking 2020 Priority / Importance / Position
  top priorityhigh importancesupport position
  Public Comments
  This bill creates the Firefighter Cancer Decontamination Equipment Grant Program to help protect the health and safety of firefighters in this state. The program shall provide financial assistance to help fire departments, including volunteer fire departments, procure equipment, supplies, and educational training designed to mitigate exposure to hazardous, cancer-causing chemicals. The FFCA strongly supports this bill. There is not a senate companion at this time.
  Private Comments
  No comments exist.
 
SB 0520 Drones by Gruters
  Drones; Expanding the authorized uses of drones by law enforcement agencies and other specified entities for specified purposes, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2020
  Committees of Reference
  Senate Criminal Justice
Senate Infrastructure and Security (Current Reference)
Senate Rules
  Actions
  11/12/2019 SENATE Now in Infrastructure and Security
  Bill Notes
  No notes.
 
FFCA Bill Tracking 2020 Priority / Importance / Position
  no priorityhigh importancesupport position
  Public Comments
  This bill revises 934.50 Searches and seizure using a drone to provide exceptions for the use of drones including the use of drones by certified fire department personnel to perform tasks within the scope and practice authorized under their certifications. We are seeking an amendment to add additional language creating an exception in 330.41 (4) (c) to allow all certified fire department personnel to perform tasks within the scope and practice authorized under their certifications when operating a drone over a critical infrastructure facility. We support this bill and hope to make it better. There is not a companion at this time.
  Private Comments
  No comments exist.
 
SB 0528 Nonemergency Medical Transportation Services by Brandes
  Nonemergency Medical Transportation Services; Authorizing certain transportation brokers and licensed basic life support or licensed advanced life support ambulance services to provide nonemergency Medicaid transportation in permitted ambulances in any county at the request of a certain eligible plan and without obtaining a certain certificate, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2020
  Committees of Reference
  Senate Health Policy (Current Reference)
Senate Banking and Insurance
Senate Rules
  Actions
  11/01/2019 SENATE Referred to Health Policy; Banking and Insurance; Rules
  Bill Notes
  No notes.
 
FFCA Bill Tracking 2020 Priority / Importance / Position
  top priorityhigh importanceoppose position
  Public Comments
  This bill authorizes certain transportation brokers and licensed basic life support or licensed advanced life support ambulance services to provide nonemergency Medicaid transportation in permitted ambulances in any county at the request of a certain eligible plan and without obtaining a certain certificate of convenience and necessity (COPCN). There is not a house companion at this time. The FFCA opposes this bill.
  Private Comments
  No comments exist.
 
HB 0589 Offenses Against Firefighters by Duggan
  Offenses Against Firefighters: Provides enhanced penalties for certain offenses committed against firefighters engaged in performance of their lawful duties. Effective Date: October 1, 2020
  Committees of Reference
  House Criminal Justice Subcommittee (Current Reference)
House Justice Appropriations Subcommittee
House Judiciary Committee
  Actions
  11/25/2019 HOUSE Now in Criminal Justice Subcommittee
  Bill Notes
  No notes.
 
FFCA Bill Tracking 2020 Priority / Importance / Position
  no prioritymedium importancesupport position
  Public Comments
  This bill makes the minimum sentence for the crime of murder of a firefighter life imprisonment without eligibility for release. The FFCA supports this bill. There is not a Senate companion at this time.
  Private Comments
  No comments exist.
 
SB 0620 Firefighters’ Bill of Rights by Hooper
  Firefighters’ Bill of Rights; Requiring that witnesses be interviewed and certain information be provided to a firefighter subjected to interrogation before the interrogation is conducted; prohibiting a firefighter from being threatened with certain disciplinary action during the course of an interrogation; requiring that a firefighter be notified and provided certain information before certain disciplinary actions are taken; requiring that certain information be kept confidential and exempt in accordance with existing law, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2020
  Committees of Reference
  Senate Community Affairs (Current Reference)
Senate Governmental Oversight and Accountability
Senate Rules
  Actions
  11/06/2019 SENATE Referred to Community Affairs; Governmental Oversight and Accountability; Rules
  Identical
  HB 0215 Firefighters' Bill of Rights (Casello)
  Bill Notes
  No notes.
 
FFCA Bill Tracking 2020 Priority / Importance / Position
  top priorityhigh importanceoppose position
  Public Comments
  This bill revises the current Florida Firefighter Bill of Rights Statutes to make require that the entire bill of rights process be followed including during the informal inquiry process, Currently the informal inquiry process falls out of the bill of rights process. We are strongly opposed to this part of the bill as the informal inquiry process is an important part of determining whether a formal investigation should be commenced or not. The police bill of rights does not become effective until a police officer is "under investigation." The bill also requires that all identifiable witnesses must be interviewed before the beginning of the interrogation of the firefighter. The bill requires that all witness statements, and all other existing evidence, including, but not limited to, incident reports, GPS locator information, and audio or video recordings relating to the incident under investigation, must be provided to each firefighter who is the subject of the complaint before he or she is interrogated. The FFCA opposes this bill as it will waste time and tax dollars by requiring investigations to be conducted when they may not be required and requiring extensive efforts to be expended before even asking the involved firefighter simple questions to determine if in fact an investigation is warranted.
  Private Comments
  No comments exist.
 
HB 0659 Drones by Fischer
  Drones: Adds exception to prohibited uses of drone for managing and eradicating invasive exotic plants or animals on public lands. Effective Date: July 1, 2020
  Committees of Reference
  No committees referenced
  Actions
  11/15/2019 HOUSE Filed
  Identical
  SB 0822 Drones (Albritton)
  Bill Notes
  No notes.
 
FFCA Bill Tracking 2020 Priority / Importance / Position
  no prioritymedium importancesupport position
  Public Comments
  This bill adds and exception for the use of drones under 934.50 Searches and seizure using a drone for a non-law enforcement employee of the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission or of the Florida Forest Service for the purpose of managing and eradicating invasive exotic plants or animals on public lands. The FFCA is monitoring this bill as we have an interest in an amendment that would allow for an exception in 330.41 (4) (c) to allow all certified fire department personnel to perform tasks within the scope and practice authorized under their certifications when operating a drone over a critical infrastructure facility. We support this bill and hope to make it better.
  Private Comments
  No comments exist.
 
HB 0707 Legislative Review of Occupational Regulations by Renner
  Legislative Review of Occupational Regulations: Authorizes schedule for the systematic review of occupational regulatory programs; authorizes Legislature to take certain actions before scheduled repeal of occupational regulatory program; provides regulation of occupation to state if such occupation's regulatory program has been repealed through this act; provides schedule of repeal for occupational regulatory programs. Effective Date: upon becoming a law
  Committees of Reference
  No committees referenced
  Actions
  11/19/2019 HOUSE Filed
  Compare
  HB 0713 Department of Health (Rodriguez (AM))
  Bill Notes
  No notes.
 
FFCA Bill Tracking 2020 Priority / Importance / Position
  no prioritymedium importanceoppose position
  Public Comments
  This bill establishes a schedule for the systematic review of occupational regulatory programs and authorizes the Legislature to repeal an occupational regulatory program.  The bill establishes an expiration date for included occupational regulatory programs unless the Legislature renews the program without modifications, renews the program with modifications, or provides for other appropriate actions.  Included within this review are: Florida State Statutes 401.27, 401.271, 401.2715, 92 401.272, 401.273, 401.465 related to EMS, and 633.132, 633.216, 633.304, 633.316, 633.318, 212 633.324, 633.328, 633.332, 633.336, 633.338, 633.406, 633.408, 213 633.412, 633.414, 633.416, 633.418, 633.424, 633.426 related to Fire.
  Private Comments
  No comments exist.
 
SB 0788 Statewide Active Shooter Response Planning by Book
  Statewide Active Shooter Response Planning; Requiring the Department of Law Enforcement, in consultation with law enforcement agencies throughout the state, to establish a uniform statewide rule on preparing for and responding to active shooters; requiring each law enforcement agency to adopt an active shooter policy or rule, as appropriate, by a specified date, etc. Effective Date: Upon becoming a law
  Committees of Reference
  Senate Infrastructure and Security (Current Reference)
Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice
Senate Appropriations
  Actions
  11/21/2019 SENATE Referred to Infrastructure and Security; Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice; Appropriations
  Bill Notes
  No notes.
 
FFCA Bill Tracking 2020 Priority / Importance / Position
  no priorityhigh importancesupport position
  Public Comments
  This bill creates a new statute, 943.688 Statewide active shooter response planning. The bill requires the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, in consultation with law enforcement agencies throughout the state and considering the unique needs of different geographic regions where those agencies are located, to establish a uniform statewide rule on minimum standards and requirements for how each law enforcement agency in the state must prepare and respond to active shooter situations within their jurisdictions. At a minimum, the uniform statewide rule must address all of the following: (a) Detailed procedures for how to respond to a report of an alleged active shooter; (b) Detailed procedures for how communications and notifications will be handled with all affected parties and the media; (c) Detailed procedures for who from the appropriate law enforcement agency will respond and how they will do so; and (d) Primary and alternate routes to potential targets within each law enforcement agency’s jurisdiction. The bill requires each law enforcement agency in this state shall enact a policy or rule, as appropriate, on active shooter preparedness and response by no later than January 1, 2021. The policy or rule enacted must, at a minimum, include the uniform statewide rule that the Department of Law Enforcement adopts. The FFCA has been in contact with Senator Book on this bill and she is open to amendments that will include fire/EMS response and close coordination between fire and LE. The FFCA is working with Senator Book to help find a House Sponsor. We support once amended.
  Private Comments
  No comments exist.
 
SB 0822 Drones by Albritton
  Drones; Adding an exception to prohibited uses of a drone, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2020
  Committees of Reference
  Senate Environment and Natural Resources (Current Reference)
Senate Governmental Oversight and Accountability
Senate Rules
  Actions
  11/21/2019 SENATE Referred to Environment and Natural Resources; Governmental Oversight and Accountability; Rules
  Identical
  HB 0659 Drones (Fischer)
  Bill Notes
  No notes.
 
FFCA Bill Tracking 2020 Priority / Importance / Position
  no priorityhigh importancesupport position
  Public Comments
  This bill adds and exception for the use of drones under 934.50 Searches and seizure using a drone for a non-law enforcement employee of the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission or of the Florida Forest Service for the purpose of managing and eradicating invasive exotic plants or animals on public lands. The FFCA is monitoring this bill as we have an interest in an amendment that would allow for an exception in 330.41 (4) (c) to allow all certified fire department personnel to perform tasks within the scope and practice authorized under their certifications when operating a drone over a critical infrastructure facility. We support this bill and hope to make it better.
  Private Comments
  No comments exist.
 
SB 0934 First Aid for Severe Bleeding by Pizzo
  First Aid for Severe Bleeding; Requiring the State Surgeon General to adopt rules to establish guidelines for the placement of bleeding control kits in state buildings by a specified date; requiring district school boards to provide a bleeding control kit in every school within the school district; requiring the Department of Education to develop a list of approved first aid for severe bleeding instructional programs for certain instructional personnel by a specified date, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2020
  Committees of Reference
  No committees referenced
  Actions
  11/14/2019 SENATE Filed
  Similar
  HB 0275 First Aid for Severe Bleeding (Grieco)
  Bill Notes
  No notes.
 
FFCA Bill Tracking 2020 Priority / Importance / Position
  no prioritymedium importancesupport position
  Public Comments
  This bill requires the State Surgeon General to adopt guidelines for the placement of bleeding control kits in state buildings and provides requirements for the placement of such kits. The bill also requires district school boards to provide a bleeding control kit in every school within the school district and requires school districts to provide instruction for all students in first aid for severe bleeding at least once before graduating from high school. The FFCA supports this bill.
  Private Comments
  No comments exist.
 
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