February 7, 2020
What happened this week? House and Senate bills requiring employers to use E-Verify for new employees remained stalled in both chambers. The Senate bill, which is in line with the Governor’s stance, requires both private and public employers to use E-Verify. The House bill only requires public employers to use the system. The Senate bill is scheduled for a hearing on 2/11. A bill funding the state’s tourism marketing organization, Visit Florida, passed its final committee this week and is scheduled on the Senate calendar for 2/12, though the House has indicated it will not support funding the organization. Read on to find out more about the progress of corporate legislation this week.
Requires employers to use the federal E-Verify system to verify eligibility of a new employee after 1/1/21; requires Dept. of Economic Opportunity to order agencies to suspend an employer’s license under certain circumstances.
SB 664 status
HB 1265/HB 1822
Requires public entities to use E-Verify; requires private employers to use E-Verify or other documentation; requires private employers contracting with a public entity to use E-Verify.
SB 362 /HB 213
Revises the scheduled repeal on 7/1/20 of Visit Florida, the state’s tourism marketing organization, to 10/1/28, and removes the scheduled repeal date of the Division of Tourism within Enterprise Florida.
SB 362 status
HB 213 status
SB 126/HB 159
Requires online retailers with no brick-and-mortar store in the state to collect a 6% sales tax on purchases by Florida customers. Currently, the burden is on consumers to send their sales tax from such online purchases to the Dept. of Revenue, and local retailers and companies with a presence in the state already collect the tax.
SB 159 status
HB 1381 status
SB 306/HB 381
Prohibits Legislature from moving money out of the State Housing Trust Fund and Local Gov. Housing Trust Fund to use in the general budget.
SB 306 status
HB 381 status
SB 856/HB 1459
Reduces property taxes for those building or renovating certain affordable, elderly, or workforce housing projects.
SB 856 status
HB 1459 status
Pre-empts the licensing of occupations to the state and supersedes local government licensing of occupations; any licensing of occupations before 7/1/20 is effective until 7/1/22; specifically prohibits local governments from requiring a license for painting, flooring, cabinetry, interior remodeling, driveway or tennis court installation, decorative stone, tile, marble, granite, or terrazzo installation, plastering, stuccoing, or caulking.
SB 1336 status
HB 3 status
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