TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott signed the following 68 bills into law.

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.

To view a copy of the transmittal letters, click HERE and HERE.





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