Governor Scott Signs 27 Bills into Law

On May 14, 2015, in News Releases, by Administrator

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Governor Rick Scott signed the following bills into law today:

SB 94                         Closing the Gap Grant Program – This bill expands the list of priority health areas under the “Closing the Gap” grant program to include sickle cell disease.

SB 132                       Disabled Parking Permits – This bill authorizes veterans to use alternative documentation for renewal or replacement of a disabled parking permit.

SB 186                       Alcoholic Beverages – Please see press release HERE.

SB 200                       Public Records/E-mail Addresses/Tax Notices – This bill provides an exemption from public records requirements for e-mail addresses used in official business between tax collectors and taxpayers.

SB 222                       Electronic Commerce – The bill creates a civil cause of action for businesses that are victims of hacking to supplement the existing criminal and limited civil penalties.

SB 264                       Traffic Enforcement Agencies and Traffic Citations – This bill prohibits a county or municipality from establishing traffic citation quotas.

SB 332                       Nursing Home Facility Pneumococcal Vaccination Requirements – This bill changes the requirements for the pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

SB 342                       No Contact Orders – This bill increases protection of victims by making no contact orders that are part of pretrial release effective immediately and specifies prohibited acts in the order.

SB 420                       Animal Control – This bill provides alternatives to auction provisions for stray livestock, including adoptions, and allows cruelty violations to be pursued through code enforcement boards in lieu of the court system.

 HB 441                      Regulation of Health Care Facilities and Services – This bill revises requirements relating to home health agencies and other providers.

SB 446                       Florida College System Boards of Trustees – This bill requires all Florida College System board of trustee members to serve staggered, four-year terms. The bill also requires St. Johns River State College to have seven board of trustee members from the area the college serves.

SB 456                       Labor Pools – This bill authorizes certain employers to use a debit card as compensation.

SB 520                       Long-Term Care Insurance – This bill allows an insurer to offer a non-forfeiture provision in a long term care insurance policy that returns a premium if the insured dies or the policy is completely surrendered or cancelled.

SB 522                       Division of Bond Finance – This bill deletes the requirement that the Division of Bond Finance publishes a hard copy newsletter that is available online.

SB 526                       Notaries Public – This bill revises the methods available to notaries for verifying documents including the use of reliable electronic means.

SB 538                       Disclosure of Sexually Explicit Images – This bill provides criminal penalties for publishing sexually explicit images of a person with personal identification information on the internet without the person’s consent with the intent to cause emotional distress.

HB 593                      City of Panacea – The bill creates the City of Panacea in Wakulla County if approved by voters in a referendum.

SB 682                       Transitional Living Facilities – This bill revises and streamlines regulations for transitional living facilities.

SB 766                       Surveillance by a Drone – This bill prohibits the use of drones to record an image of private property or conduct surveillance without consent.

 SB 872                       Estates – This bill updates Florida law to comply with federal law concerning the apportionment between eligible heirs for federal estate tax purposes.

HB 897                      Controlled Substances – This bill adds five dangerous synthetic cannabinoids to Florida’s drug crime laws.

SB 984                       Exemption from Legislative Lobbying Requirements –  This bill allows the use of public property made available by a governmental entity to a legislator for a public purpose.

SB 1010                    False Personation – This bill makes it illegal to impersonate firefighters and fire or arson investigators.

SB 1216                    Community Development – This bill revises several growth management laws as well as the geographic boundaries of regional planning councils.

HB 7009                    Corporate Income Tax – This bill updates Florida’s corporate income tax law with the majority of 2014 Congressional law changes.

 SB 7018                    State Ombudsman Program – This bill revises requirements of citizen and state ombudsmen and the state Long -Term Care Ombudsman program.

SB 7040                    Public Records/E-mail Addresses/Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles – This bill provides an exemption from public records requirements for certain e-mail addresses collected by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

A copy of the transmittal letters can be found HERE and HERE.



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