Sixty days to 1/27/22 — A prime-time look at the 2022 legislative session
Sixty Days – A Prime Time Preview of the 2021 Legislative Session:
The last 24
A day after Senate Democrats complained that Governor. Ron DeSantis‘ candidate for Surgeon General wouldn’t answer their questions, Senate Speaker wilton simpson promised Joseph Ladapo would be considered by the full Senate. Simpson slammed Ladapo after the Surgeon General refused to wear a mask during a meeting with the Democratic senator. Tina Polski, who has breast cancer. He said he made it clear after the incident that the Senate would not allow people to disrespect senators. Still, the Trilby Republican told reporters there was no “Washington-style politics in Tallahassee” and that “the people the governor put in these places, we’re going to vote.” Here’s your nightly recap.
Civil war? A map put forward by the House redistricting committee could oppose as many as 17 holders One against the other.
Roving thieves. A bill (SB 360) that would strengthen criminal prosecution of burglars who cross county lines authorized its final committee.
Statewide framework. An internal bill (HB 325) representing the annual attempt to regulate vacation rental homes at the state level and anticipate local controls authorized its first committee.
HODL. Despite the recent drop in cryptocurrency prices and their overall volatility, DeSantis always support a pilot program to allow Florida businesses to pay state fees in crypto.
Faceless time. A bill (SB 312) which updates Florida’s telehealth laws to allow the use of the telephone authorized the Senate unanimously.
See you on Sunday. The Senate passed a law (SB 254) make churches among the last to close during a state of emergency.
We are #1. Florida again leads the nation the number of residents who took out individual health insurance during the 2022 registration opening period.
“Miya’s Law.” A bill (HB 577) to protect apartment tenants from maintenance workers with master keys authorized a House committee after it was significantly watered down.
presidential secrecy. Florida University and College Professors rallied against legislation (SB 520) that would provide a public records exemption for higher education presidential candidates.
Slow your roll. A bill (SB 410) allowing cameras and speed cameras to enforce school zone speed limits penultimate Senate committee.
quote of the day
“These positions are among the most powerful unelected positions in the state that control billions of dollars in public funds. This law is a recipe for corruption, where Florida students must pay the ultimate price.
— President of the United College of Florida André Gothard, on a bill providing for a public records exemption for university presidential candidates.
Latest from Bill Day
HB 105, which would allow cities and counties to ban smoking in public parks and beaches, passed its first committee this week. Its senatorial version, SB 224, adopted its first committee in November. This is the fourth year lawmakers have attempted to pass the legislation.
The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and several local governments and environmental organizations supported the legislation.
Florida Politics spoke with Susan Harbin, senior director of government relations for Florida’s ACS Cancer Action Network, about the legislation and whether she thinks fourth time is a charm.
Q: What are the dangers of smoking in parks and beaches for children?
Harbin: Non-smokers who are exposed to second-hand smoke inhale many of the same carcinogenic substances and poisons as smokers. There is no safe level of secondhand smoke. For adults, this is a problem. But for children, it’s a huge problem. Even if you’ve never smoked, secondhand smoke can cause heart disease, lung cancer, and strokes. And non-smokers exposed to second-hand smoke at home or at work increase their risk of developing lung cancer by 20 to 30 percent. Even brief exposure to second-hand smoke can damage cells in ways that can trigger the cancer process. Ultimately, we fundamentally believe that everyone should have the right to breathe clean, smoke-free air. We applaud lawmakers moving forward with this bill because it is definitely something that can improve the health of Floridians, and especially our youngest Floridians, who may be in parks, on beaches , on playgrounds, and cannot control the actions of adults around them.
Q: Do you expect cities and counties to pass restrictions if the legislation passes?
Harbin: This bill has been around for several years. And whenever that comes up, you hear about the statewide associations that represent local governments. But you also hear the support of dozens of counties and cities, local commissioners who come to support him. And so, while I’m speaking from the public health perspective of the American Cancer Society, I think it’s safe to say that, given the support this has gotten from individual and local governments, as well as statewide associations, it is something that they are willing to go through. And in fact, I know there were at least a handful of ordinances on the book that were challenged in court and had to be revoked because of this statewide preemption. So we know that the interest is there. And I would expect that if this bill passes, and I hope it passes this year, we’ll see some local governments move forward with creating smoke-free parks and beaches. And it’s a win for everyone
Q: This is the fourth time a bill like this has been considered. Does your organization think it will pass this time around?
Harbin: I want to say that I am cautiously optimistic. Again, we’ve seen this bill proposed year after year, it always gets a lot of support and committees, it gets a lot of co-sponsors, it gets a very diverse group of stakeholders supporting it, not just from local government and public health but you also see support from the environmental community. Because of the you know, the impact of cigarette litter on beaches in parks. So, you know, we’re hopeful. I feel like we probably have a better chance than we had. Never. We are in the third week of the session, and we have already seen movements in the House and in the Senate. However, we also recognize that it only takes, you know, a handful of lawmakers who may have a criticism or may not fully support the bill to slow it down. And we anticipate that there may be efforts to limit the impact of the bill or perhaps create exemptions, which we advise against. We believe the broadest possible bill is best and giving unfettered power back to local government to limit smoking is what we need to do. I am cautiously optimistic and very happy that we are already seeing progress in both chambers.
Unless you’re driving a wreck on its last legs, chances are the next car you buy will know how to drive itself.
Self-driving car technology is already built into some models you see on the road today. Teslas, for example, have an autopilot feature. The only thing that prevents them from being truly autonomous is the regulations. Currently, drivers have to touch the steering wheel every few minutes to let the car know they are ready to take over if needed.
This is arguably a good thing since autonomous vehicle technology hasn’t matured to the point where it can read the road as well as a person – it will be some time before hardware and software can account for it. the unpredictability of other drivers or, one day, the various intricacies of AV implementations from other manufacturers.
Virginia-based startup CAVNUE thinks it can speed up the process and has the credentials to back it up. CEO Tyler Duval is a former Acting Undersecretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Transportation, Director of Safety Nicole Nason is the former Administrator of the U.S. Federal Highway Administration and Chief Technology Officer Jaime Waydo led systems engineering at Waymo.
Essentially, the company connects while helping AVs of all kinds communicate with each other and, in some way, with the roads they’re on. CAVNUE’s tech is live on the road between Detroit and Ann Arbor, Michigan, but the company thinks Florida better test its mettle.
They’re not looking for a massive check – they’d be willing to pay the upfront costs to install the initial infrastructure and recoup them later, possibly through tolls. They would also be happy to go with other AV companies on an open sourcing basis. They just want to get the ball rolling and they hired GrayRobinson to do it.
The next 24
The Revenue Estimation Conference will analyze the tax impact of the proposed legislation when it meets at 9 a.m. in Room 117 of the Knott Building.