Scott signs 68 bills into law, including boater safety bill inspired by missing teens

Gov. Rick Scott signed 68 bills into law today, including one that reduces registration fees for vessels equipped with safety features including emergency radio beacons.

Candles burn as night falls at the Jupiter Inlet, where Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen took their small boat out on July 24, 2015. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

Candles burn as night falls at the Jupiter Inlet, where Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen took their small boat out on July 24, 2015. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

The bill (CS/HB 427) — inspired by the tragic loss at sea of two Tequesta teenagers, Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen — was sent to the governor for signing March 9.

It’s aimed at encouraging boaters to buy an emergency position indicator radio beacon (EPIRB) or personal locator beacon for their watercraft.

The teens’ hometown lawmakers, state Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, and Rep. MaryLynn Magar, R-Tequesta, lauded Scott’s signing of the measure.

“I want to thank Gov. Scott for signing this legislation to protect Florida boaters from experiencing tragedies such as the heartbreaking loss in Jupiter last summer,” Negron said in a statement. “I hope the lower registration cost for boat operators encourages more Floridians to purchase these important safety features.”

Magar said her hope is “that every Florida boater is serious about being safe and taking safety precautions before sailing or boating in the Sunshine State.”

Here is the full list of bills signed into law Friday by Scott:

SB 190, Conservation Easements – This bill removes certain application requirement relating to conservation easements.

SB 286, Merger and Acquisition Brokers – This bill relates to the Office of Financial Regulation and certain transfers of ownership.

SB 422, Health Insurance Coverage for Opioids – This bill allows doctors to prescribe “abuse deterrent” opioids.

SB 586, Responsibilities of Health Care Providers – This bill requires a hospital to notify physicians within a specified time frame upon the closing of their obstetrical department.

SB 624, Public Records – This bill provides a public records exemption relating to information technology (IT) security incidents or breaches.

SB 1046, Farm Vehicles – This bill revises certain requirements related to the transportation of agricultural products.

HB 183, Administrative Procedures – This bill makes certain revisions to the Florida Administrative Procedures Act.

HB 189, Teacher Certification – This bill assists STEM teachers with advanced degrees to obtain professional teaching certificates.

HB 195, A Special Election – This bill provides for a special election on August 30, 2016 to approve a constitutional amendment proposed in HB 193.

HB 229, Bullying and Harassment Policies in Schools – This bill requires school districts to review their bullying and harassment policies at least every three years.

HB 249, Culinary Education Programs – This bill relates to licensed culinary education programs obtaining alcoholic beverage licenses.

HB 277, A County and Municipality Homestead Tax Exemption – This bill creates an additional homestead exemption for certain low-income residents over the age of 65.

HB 299, Expressway Authorities – This bill revises membership of the Miami-Dade County Expressway Authority.

HB 307 & HB 1313, The Medical Use of Cannabis – This bill relates to the Office of Compassionate Use and allows for the use of cannabis for terminally ill patients in certain situations.

HB 347, Utility Projects – This bill provides an additional financing option for local government utility infrastructure projects.

HB 375, Physician Assistants – This bill clarifies the scope of practice for physician assistants.

HB 419, The Highlands Road and Bridge District, Pasco County – This bill closes the Highlands Road and Bridge District.

HB 427, Recreational Vessel Registration – This bill reduces registration fees for vessels which are equipped with certain safety features.

HB 439, Mental Health Services in the Criminal Justice System – This bill addresses mental health issues in the criminal justice system.

HB 481, The Columbia County Law Library – This bill closes the Columbia County Law Library.

HB 499, Ad Valorem Taxation – This bill makes various revisions to the Value Adjustment Board process.

HB 519, The Gilchrist County Development Authority – This bill closes the Gilchrist County Development Authority.

HB 535, Building Codes – This bill revises several provisions in the Florida Building Code.

HB 589, Environmental Control – This bill modifies several areas regulated by the Department of Environmental Protection.

HB 627, Community Contribution Tax Credits – This bill expands the contributions that qualify for a tax credit or tax refund.

HB 649, The Eagle Bay Sub-Drainage District, Okeechobee County – This bill closes the Eagle Bay Sub-Drainage District.

HB 651, The Department of Financial Services – This bill makes various revisions relating to the Department of Financial Services.

HB 655, The City of Jacksonville, Duval County – This bill revises alcoholic beverage license requirements for certain Jacksonville restaurants.

HB 659, Automobile Insurance – This bill revises various provisions in the automobile insurance law.

HB 703, Vessels – This bill modifies regulations for operation of a vessel and creates a safety inspection decal program.

HB 709, The City of Tallahassee, Leon County – This bill authorizes the issuance of temporary permits to sell alcohol at outdoor events in Tallahassee.

HB 769, Mental Health Treatment – This bill allows for the continuation of certain medication for individuals undergoing mental health evaluation and treatment.

HB 785, St. Lucie County Fire District, St. Lucie County – This bill relates to the operations of the St. Lucie County Fire District.

HB 799, Out-Of-State Fee Waivers for Active Duty Service Members – This bill allows active duty military members serving abroad to pay in-state tuition and fees.

HB 837, Education Programs for Individuals with Disabilities – This bill allows foster children to be eligible for the McKay Scholarship Program.

HB 845, The Bay County Bridge Authority, Bay County – This bill dissolves the Bay County Bridge Authority.

HB 847, Pasco County – This bill repeals certain provisions regarding wastewater treatment in Pasco County.

HB 871, Broward County – This bill shifts requirements to post and maintain water markers in waterways from Broward County to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

HB 891, The Northwest Florida Community Hospital Board of Trustees, Washington County – This bill dissolves the Northwest Florida Community Hospital District.

HB 895, The West Manatee Fire and Rescue District, Manatee County – This bill revises membership provisions in the West Manatee Fire and Rescue District.

HB 911, The City of Delray Beach, Palm Beach County – This bill repeals City of Delray Beach’s civil service special act.

HB 1033, Information Technology Security – This bill relates to the Agency for State Technology and cybersecurity policies for state agencies.

HB 1039, The Babcock Ranch Community Independent Special District, Charlotte and Lee Counties – This bill expands the boundaries of the Babcock Ranch Community in Lee County.

HB 1061, The Nurse Licensure Compact – This bill authorizes Florida to enter into the Nurse Licensure Compact.

HB 1071, The South Broward Hospital District, Broward County – This bill makes revisions to the South Broward Hospital District charter.

HB 1081, The North Sumter County Hospital District, Sumter County – This bill dissolves the North Sumter County Hospital District.

HB 1083, The Agency for Persons with Disabilities – This bill relates to the Agency for Persons with Disabilities Home and the Community Based Medicaid Waiver Program.

HB 1147, Character-Development Instruction – This bill requires certain revisions to high school character development programs.

HB 1157, Postsecondary Education for Veterans – This bill provides additional options for veterans and service members to earn college credit.

HB 1205, Fumigation – This bill directs DACS to adopt guidelines for fumigation registration.

HB 1221, Barron Water Control District, Glades and Hendry Counties – This bill removes the repeal date from the Barron Water Control District charter.

HB 1233, Federal Home Loan Banks – This bill relates to the Office of Financial Regulation and Federal Home Loan Banks.

HB 1241, The Ordering of Medication – This bill allows nurse practitioners and physician assistants to order controlled substances under specific circumstances.

HB 1265, The Greater Naples Fire Rescue District, Collier County – This bill expands district boundaries in the Greater Naples Fire Rescue District, if approved by the voters in a referendum.

HB 1267, The Greater Naples Fire Rescue District, Collier County – This bill expands district boundaries in the Greater Naples Fire Rescue District, if approved by the voters in a referendum.

HB 1297, Discretionary Sales Surtaxes – This bill allows a county with underfunded pension plans to levy a pension liability surtax upon termination of the local government infrastructure surtax, if approved by the voters in a referendum.

HB 1335, Long-Term Care Managed Care Prioritization – This bill relates to home and community based services administered by Department of Elder Affairs.

HB 1339, The City of Webster, Sumter County – This bill updates the charter for the City of Webster.

HB 1361, Growth Management – This bill makes various changes to the state’s growth management program.

HB 1365, The Competency-Based Education Pilot Program – This bill creates the Competency-Based Education Pilot Program.

HB 1411, Termination of Pregnancies – This bill revises regulations for licensed abortion clinics.

HB 1417, Hillsborough County – This bill revises alcoholic beverage license requirements for Hillsborough County establishments.

HB 1433, Martin County – This bill revises alcoholic beverage license requirements for Martin County establishments.

HB 3509, The Relief of Susana Castillo, as Personal Representative of the Estate of Andrea Castillo – This bill directs the City of Hialeah to pay the settled amount to Susana Castillo as compensation for the death of Andrea Castillo.

HB 3515, The Relief of Q.B. by the Palm Beach County School Board – This bill directs the Palm Beach County School Board to pay the settled amount to a special needs trust and purchase an annuity for the benefit of Q.B. as compensation for injuries and damages she sustained.

HB 3517, The Relief of Rafael Zaldivar and Kyoko Zaldivar, parents of Alex Zaldivar, Deceased, Individually and as Co-Personal Representatives of the Estate of Alex Zaldivar, and Brienna Campos and Remington Campos by Orange County – This bill directs Orange County to pay the settled amount to the estate of Alex Zaldivar, Brienna Campos, and Remington Campos as compensation for injuries and damages they sustained.

HB 3525, The Relief of Melvin and Alma Colindres by the City of Miami – This bill directs the City of Miami to pay the settled amount to Melvin and Alma Colindres as compensation for the death of Kevin Colindres.

HB 7071, Public Corruption – This bill strengthens Florida’s anti-public corruption laws.

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