By: WCTV Eyewitness News
June 15, 2017
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – Governor Rick Scott signed the following bills into law Wednesday:
CS/HB 339- Motor Vehicle Service Agreement Companies
This bill requires motor vehicle service agreement companies to maintain $15 million in assets.
HB 371- Assistive Technology Devices
This bill allows students to take home their assistive technology devices.
CS/CS/HB 377- Limitations on Actions other than for the Recovery of Real Property
This bill clarifies the statute of repose by defining the date of completion for certain contracted services.
HB 379- Underground Facilities
This bill expands the reporting requirements for underground facility operators.
CS/CS/HB 397- Public Records/ Victim of Alleged Sexual Harassment/ Identifying Information
This bill creates a public records exemption for identifying information of state employees who file sexual harassment complaints.
CS/CS/HB 421- Public Housing Authority Insurance
This bill allows a business owned by public housing authorities to join a self-insurance fund.
CS/CS/HB 455- Tax Exemptions for First Responders and Surviving Spouses
This bill creates a property tax exemption for first responders permanently disabled in the line of duty and the surviving spouse of first responders killed in the line of duty.
CS/CS/HB 465- Firefighters
This bill creates a Lifetime Firefighter designation for firefighters and volunteer firefighters.
CS/HB 477 - Controlled Substances
This bill creates new and enhances current penalties relating to synthetic opioid drugs, including fentanyl and its derivatives.
CS/HB 493- Enhanced Safety for School Crossings
This bill directs the Florida Department of Transportation to study the viability and cost of creating a state-wide system for the designation of safe school crossing locations.
CS/CS/HB 501- Public Records and Meetings/ Information Technology/Postsecondary Education Institutions
This bill protects IT security information at public colleges and universities.
CS/HB 505- Florida Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act
This bill removes a substance with a medically accepted use from the Florida Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act.
CS/CS/HB 573- Water Protection and Sustainability
This bill creates the “Heartland Headwaters Protection and Sustainability Act” and requires the Polk County Regional Water Cooperative to provide an annual report on local projects and conservation efforts.
CS/HB 577- Discount Plan Organizations
This bill streamlines the regulation of Discount Plans and Discount Plan Organizations.
HB 1203- Public Records/ Department of Corrections/ Health Information
This bill enhances the protections of inmate health and medical information.
HB 7091- Probation and Community Control
This bill enhances public safety by improving Florida’s community supervision laws.
CS/SB 164- Certificates of Title for Motor Vehicles
This bill eliminates the fee on car titles issued to remove the name of a deceased co-owner to a surviving spouse.
SB 256- Florida Center for the Partnerships for Arts Integrated Teaching
This bill saves the Florida Center for the Partnerships for Arts Integrated Teaching from repeal.
CS/SB 312- Eyewitness Identification
This bill provides guidelines for law enforcement agencies to follow when conducting photo and in-person lineups.
CS/CS/SB 368- Transportation Facility Designations
his bill makes 50 honorary designations of Florida transportation facilities, including “Lieutenant Debra Clayton Memorial Highway” and “First Class Deputy Norman Lewis Memorial Highway.”
CS/SB 396- Student Loan Debt
This bill requires colleges and universities to provide students with financial information about their student loans annually.
CS/CS/CS/SB 398- Estoppel Certificates
This bill provides fee caps and revises requirements for the issuance and expiration of estoppel certificates for condominium, cooperative, and homeowners’ associations.
CS/CS/SB 800- Medication Synchronization
This bill requires health insurers and HMOs to allow patients to align refill dates of prescription medication.
CS/CS/SB 1018- Pollution
This bill requires public notification within 24 hours of pollution incidents and provides additional resources for pollution prevention and recovery.
CS/SB 1108- Public Records /Firefighters and their Spouses and Children
This bill extends the public record exemption for personal identifying information of firefighters and their spouses and children to former firefighters, their spouses and children.
CS/SB 1634- Residential Elevators
This bill enhances the safety standards of residential elevators.
CS/CS/SB 1672- Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority
This bill renames the organization, streamlines its structure, and changes its mission to focus on regional transit challenges and opportunities in the Tampa Bay area.