Here’s the full list of bills signed Wednesday by Scott:
SB 124, Public-Private Partnerships – This bill establishes a uniform framework for the establishment of public-private partnerships.
SB 126, Public Records and Public Meetings – This bill creates a public records and public meetings exemption for unsolicited proposals for public-private partnership projects.
SB 194, Redevelopment Trust Fund – This bill exempts hospital districts from contributing to community redevelopment agencies created on or after July 1, 2016.
SB 436, The Crime of Making Threats of Terror or Violence – This bill creates penalties for specified threats of violence.
SB 514, Supervisor of Elections Salaries – This bill revises the local formula for the salaries of the Florida Supervisors of Elections.
SB 580, Reimbursement to Health Access Settings for Dental Hygiene Services for Children – This bill clarifies that dental hygienists may receive Medicaid reimbursement for providing children’s dental services.
SB 592, Public Records – This bill exempts from public records the personal identification information of emergency medical technicians, paramedics, and Department of Financial Services’ investigative personnel.
SB 626, Consumer Credit – This bill authorizes the Office of Financial Regulation to take action against a person who violates the Military Lending Act.
SB 628, Fees for Records – This bill allows the Agency for Persons with Disabilities to pay a reduced fee for background screenings from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
SB 708, The Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys – This bill authorizes the Department of State to reimburse families up to $7,500 in funeral expenses for remains recovered from the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys.
SB 752, Public Records – This bill creates a public records exemption for certain personal identifying information of a current or former employee of an agency’s office of inspector general or internal audit department.
SB 754, Public Records – This bill creates a public records exemption for certain civil and criminal investigative information held by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
SB 772, Regulated Service Providers – This bill reduces fees and modifies provisions in several areas regulated by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
SB 908, Organization of the Department of Financial Services – This bill revises provisions relating to the organization of the Department of Financial Services.
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 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.
The state Senate approved the measure March 7 on a 28-11 vote, with the House passing it on a 99-16 vote the week before. With Gov. Scott’s signature, it is now in effect.
Bill sponsor state Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, said the measure stems from some lawmakers’ frustration with other legislation, the 2014 Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act, also called known as the Charlotte’s Web bill.
Challenges to the CMCA have kept the low-THC medical marijuana authorized in that bill from hitting the market and the hands of cancer patients and young people suffering debilitating seizures.
Another bill passed in 2015, the Right to Try Act, allows eligible patients with terminal conditions to try investigational drugs. However, that law did not address cannabis.
The new bill allows doctors to prescribe medical marijuana to patients eligible under Right to Try, while also adding medical pot to be regulated under the 2014 law.
Haass added, “Baseball games and tangos, that’s inconsistent with the seriousness of the day.”
In his statement, Scott invited Obama to come to Florida to “address the concerns of American tourists considering travel to Europe. (The U.S. State Department has issued a travel alert for Europe through June 20.)
As of 2:45 p.m. Thursday, Obama has yet to respond to criticism of his trip to Argentina.
Here is Scott’s full statement:
“Following the gruesome terrorist attacks in Brussels earlier this week, President Obama chose to continue gallivanting across the communist country of Cuba with the Castros. Now, he is dancing the tango in Argentina.
“Not only do I believe that President Obama should immediately return to America, I am inviting him today to come to Florida and address the concerns of American tourists considering travel to Europe. As the tourism capital of America, in Florida, we understand how important it is to communicate effectively about any safety concerns to tourists. Unfortunately, in the aftermath of the Brussels attacks, President Obama chose to continue watching a baseball game and doing ‘the wave’ with dictator Raul Castro. It is time for him to return home and lay out for the American people how he will combat terrorism in a way that will not only keep Americans safe at home, but also as they travel abroad. Florida is the perfect place for this address.”
Gov. Rick Scott today signed 33 bills, including one inspired by the shooting death of Corey Jones that requires law enforcement agencies to set policies and procedures for using body cameras.
The bill, HB 93, does not require law enforcement agencies to use body cameras, only to set rules for their use.
Jones was shot three times by then-Palm Beach Gardens police officer Nouman Raja as Jones waited for a tow truck at the off-ramp from Interstate 95 on PGA Boulevard in the early hours of Oct. 18. Raja had arrived at the scene in an unmarked van and plain clothes.
Jones’ family members came to the Capitol last month on what would’ve been his 32nd birthday to lobby in support of the measure. They also delivered a letter to Scott’s office, asking for support on the legislation and investigations underway into the shooting.
“This legislation will provide thousands of women with a renewed sense of safety and closure as they heal from the horrific crime of rape,” Scott said in a news release.
In addition to the time limits placed on state labs to process the DNA test kits, the bill, SB 636, also requires local law enforcement to submit the kits for testing within 30 days of either their investigations beginning or being told by the victim or a representative of the victim that they want the tests performed.
GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT DIRECTS FLAGS TO BE FLOWN AT HALF-STAFF TO HONOR VICTIMS IN DEVASTATING BRUSSELS TERROR ATTACKS
WHEREAS, terrorist attacks in Brussels, Belgium on March 22, 2016 took the lives of more than 30 people and wounded over 180; and
WHEREAS, we offer our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the victims and everyone impacted by these acts of evil; and
WHEREAS, my wife, Ann, and I join all Floridians and Americans in mourning with the people of Belgium and denouncing these senseless acts of terror.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Scott, Governor of the State of Florida, do hereby direct the flags of the United States of America and the State of Florida to be flown at half-staff at all local and State buildings, installations, and grounds throughout the State of Florida beginning immediately until sunset on Monday, March 28, 2016.
Here are his prepared remarks, as provided by his office:
Good morning Speaker Crisafulli, President Gardiner and members of the Florida Legislature. Welcome Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera. I would also like to welcome: Attorney General Pam Bondi, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam, Chief Justice Labarga and members of the Florida Supreme Court.
I would like to recognize my amazing wife, Ann. She is the love of my life and my best friend. We are blessed with two wonderful daughters and four energetic grandsons. We will celebrate our 44th wedding anniversary this year.
Today marks my 262nd week in office as the Governor of the Great State of Florida, and I have had a lot of time to reflect over the past 5 years. Judging by earthly standards, Ann and I have had a good bit of success in our lives. But as I reflect on that, I realize that our time on earth is fleeting, and I am unable to do anything of lasting significance without the grace of God. I know our work that is eternal is the time we spend investing in other people – our families, for sure…But, we also do work of lasting significance when we invest in the lives of our friends and our neighbors.
I ran for Governor to help my neighbors – all 20 million of them across our great state. There are some who believe that the very best way to help people is for government to give them money. And the truth is, for those in dire need, we need to provide a safety net. With your help, we have invested Florida taxpayer dollars to make a lasting difference in the lives of Florida families.
For the first time ever, we completely funded the critical needs waiting list so persons with unique abilities can get the help they need. We made a record high investment in our education system so every child can have the opportunity to pursue their American dream. And just this year, we started a pilot program to better serve individuals who suffer with substance abuse and mental illness. These are two issues that have affected my family and many other families in our state. But, government assistance must be the very last resort, not the first. Government does not create prosperity, and it never has. Top down mandates from big government are artificial and not sustainable.
Real prosperity is created by the ingenuity and hard work of the American people. The people of Florida have proven that when they are unfettered by the artificial constraints of government, they are the ones who create real and genuine prosperity for their families. Prosperity that is created naturally, not from the top down, but rather from the bottom up. Floridians want the opportunity to live their dreams. Therefore, I believe that the best way to help our weakest, our poorest, and our most disadvantaged neighbors live their dreams is to help them get a job.
A job is the number one way to change any person’s life for the better …and today, I am proud to report to you that the State of Florida is, in one word, “growing!” Thanks to the hard-working people in our state, over one million jobs have been created in just five years since I took office. One million jobs. Now that is something for Floridians to brag about! One million jobs. Wow!
One of these amazing job creators growing our state from the bottom up is with us today. Please help me welcome the founder and CEO of Gladiator Lacrosse, Rachel Zietz from Boca Raton. Rachel is just 15 years old and she started her company when she was 13. Like any competitive athlete, Rachel said she wanted to practice lacrosse as much as possible, but she found the quality of her gear wasn’t holding up. Every few months she was purchasing more equipment…and she said it was getting expensive.
Rachel decided to do something about it and she created her own line of lacrosse gear to meet her standards. Between school, homework and lacrosse practice, Rachel now runs her own online company, which had over $ 1 million in revenue in just two years. Even more impressive, this young small business owner now has three employees that help her out while she is in class. Rachel, thank you for helping to make Florida first for jobs. We know you are just starting your success!
While, I am pleased to report to you today that the State of Florida is growing, I must confess that our work has just begun. Now, we face the mighty task of keeping job creation going strong. Now, we must set our sights even higher to make sure we do not fall back. Now, we must be dedicated to making Florida not second to Texas, but, first in the nation for job growth for years to come! Our goals are mighty, our challenge is clear. We have two objectives:
First, we must keep doing what’s worked the last five years to help Floridians get a job and live their dreams and keep cutting taxes! Second, we must diversify our economy and help small businesses grow by creating a new $250 million Florida Enterprise Fund, which has already been endorsed by mayors and city leaders all across our state.
With record state revenues, we have the opportunity to diversify our economy and help our small businesses grow by cutting taxes by $1 billion dollars. I’ve never heard of a businessperson who wanted to grow a smaller business. If we put more money in their pockets, they will spend it on research, new equipment and hiring to create more jobs.
Ann and I started our first business in Kansas City. When I was just 22 years old, I had gotten off of active duty with the US Navy, and Ann and I used $3,500 – all the money we had in savings – to open up a donut shop so my mother could get a job. It is hard work to start a business. It is risky. It is scary. I still remember it like it was yesterday.
That’s why I am asking for your support this legislative session for our first for jobs $1 Billion Tax Cut Package to cut costs for the manufacturers, the innovators and the entrepreneurs in our state who take the risks that make our economy grow and create good paying jobs. A tax cut package of $1 billion may seem like a high number, but let me put a face to this effort by introducing you to Dane Grey. Dane, please stand.
Dane is the CEO of Elite Parking Services in Jacksonville. In college, Dane began a valet parking service to make extra money. Little did he know that his dorm room business would turn into a company with 360 employees and locations all across the country before he turned 30 years old! Dane said he now plans to add around 100 new Florida employees over the next year. Our first for jobs tax cut package will cut the commercial lease tax Dane pays today and help him keep more money to reinvest in the company he worked so hard to create. Dane, thank you for helping to make Florida first for jobs.
I also want to introduce you to Isaac Lidsky, CEO of ODC Construction in Orlando. Isaac is blind but his degenerative eye disease never stopped him from accomplishing his dreams. Isaac graduated from Harvard Law School and was the first blind U.S. Supreme Court law clerk. His entrepreneurial spirit brought him to Florida in 2011 when he took a chance and used his families’ life savings to buy ODC Construction.
ODC built more than 2,000 homes in Florida last year and employs more than 300 men and women…And I am excited to announce that they have built a brand new headquarters in Orlando and will be cutting the ribbon on it very soon! For the past four years, ODC has had commercial leases on their buildings in Orlando and Tampa, which was costing over $14,000 a year in taxes. Isaac is here today in support of reducing the commercial lease tax on businesses to make it easier for entrepreneurs in Florida to start and grow a business and create more jobs.
We know that the commercial lease tax unfairly targets small and large businesses across our state. And, under the first for jobs tax cut package, we will begin the fight to do away with this unfair tax!
Now, cutting taxes alone will not be enough to diversify our economy and allow Florida to become first for jobs. That is why we are asking for your support to reform our business incentive process at Enterprise Florida to create the new Florida Enterprise Fund. The creation of this new $250 million dedicated trust fund will help us diversify Florida’s economy, support small business, and become the number one place in the world for families to get a good paying job.
Please help me welcome just a few of the mayors who have supported our proposal to create the new $250 million Florida Enterprise Fund who are here with us today:
• Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry
• Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer
• Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn
• Ft. Myers Mayor Randy Henderson
• Apalachicola Mayor Van Johnson
• Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward
Thank you all for your support. Enterprise Florida has helped many businesses move and expand to create jobs in Florida. I want to share just one story today.
Last year, I met with 1st Choice Aerospace on a trade mission to Kentucky. While I was there, we announced that 1st Choice Aerospace had chosen to expand in Miramar instead of in their home state of Kentucky, which resulted in 45 new Florida jobs. 1st Choice Aerospace picked Florida over Kentucky because of our talented workforce, our low taxes and our strong presence in the aviation industry.
Because we temporarily ended the sales tax on manufacturing machinery and equipment, 1st Choice Aerospace has been able to save money and reinvest it into their business…and that is why we must permanently end the sales tax on manufacturing machinery and equipment this year. If not, it will effectively be a tax increase on small businesses like 1st Choice Aerospace.
We want 1st Choice Aerospace to keep growing and hiring more employees like David Tablada, who is here with us today. Please help me welcome him. David was the first employee 1st Choice Aerospace hired when they expanded in Miramar. David moved to Florida when he was eight years old from Nicaragua so his father could pursue a career in aviation. David worked hard to follow in his father’s footsteps and attended the George T. Baker Aviation Technical College in Miami to get the skills he needed to find a good paying job.
David said he is thankful to work at 1st Choice Aerospace because he can provide for his wife, Ania, and his son, Sebastian. David says his job at 1st Choice Aerospace is allowing him to live his American Dream in Florida and also enables him to give back to his community. As a former law enforcement officer, David is working hard to become a volunteer reserve police officer in Miami Beach. Thank you David for helping to make Florida first for jobs.
Many of you know that my favorite three topics are jobs, jobs, jobs. But, I want to switch gears before I conclude today. In thinking about the eternal significance of our 20 million neighbors all across our state, I have been increasingly focused on their safety over the past few months.
The hate-filled, cold-blooded events of recent months make it clear that we live in a fallen world, where terror sometimes reigns and evil seems unbridled. We’ve seen people at a concert ruthlessly murdered in Paris, health care workers massacred in San Bernardino and a Floridian, Steven Sotloff, beheaded by the hands of ISIS just months before.
No one can dispute that ISIS is evil. Our next president must make it their mission to immediately eliminate the threat of ISIS to the United States of America. As a proud US Navy veteran, I have found it even more important over the last few months to stop and honor those who serve to keep our nation safe from harm – at home and abroad.
One of these service members is here with us today…. Please help me thank Captain Brian McDowell, an Active Guard Reserve member of the Florida National Guard who is currently serving in the 3rd Battalion of the 20th Special Forces Group out of Camp Blanding. He began his military career in 2000 and has been deployed multiple times in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. While deployed to Afghanistan in 2004, Brian received the Purple Heart after sustaining significant shrapnel and burn injuries to his entire body from an IED explosion. After spending six months in the hospital overcoming life threatening injuries, he fought hard to be able to return to work with his fellow guardsmen.
I would like to welcome Captain McDowell and his wife Ana, who is also an Active Guard Reserve Member of the Florida National Guard, here today. Please stand. As we honor Captain McDowell and his wife Anna, will every active service member, every veteran and every first responder in the Chamber today please also stand so we can thank you for your service.
In closing, let me say again what I will say all across the state on my bus tour that starts tomorrow – the State of Florida is in one word: growing! We have completely turned our economy around and more families are thriving here today than five years ago. Florida recently surpassed 20 million residents and we are adding more than 1,000 new residents per day – growing faster than California and New York! Florida has added more than one million jobs.
But, we cannot let up. Our $1 billion tax cut package and the creation of the Florida Enterprise Fund will be key elements to make Florida first for jobs in the nation for years to come.
Let’s work together to diversify our economy and help our weakest, our poorest and our most disadvantaged get a job, even when times are tough across the nation. Let’s work together to cut taxes to help families working hard to live their dream in Florida. Let’s work together to help every small business owner who is risking their life savings to succeed here in Florida. Let’s work together to support the next young entrepreneur – like Rachel, Dane and Isaac – building the next great idea here in Florida. Let’s work together to make sure Florida continues to have a world-class education system.
Let’s keep working together to make a lasting legacy in the lives of people all across our great state. Let’s make Florida first for jobs together. God Bless each of you and God bless the Great State of Florida. Thank you.