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Sunshine State Legislative Updates

February 7, 2020

Session 2020: Corporate Legislation Update for the Week Ending 2/7/20

By Anne Corcoran

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.

E-Verify

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

  • On committee agenda: Judiciary (2/11)
  • Next committees: Commerce; Rules

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.

  • Referred to: Commerce; Appropriations; State Affairs

Visit Florida

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

  • Passed: Commerce & Tourism (5-0); Transportation, Tourism, & Economic Dev. (8-0); Appropriations (20-0)
  • Next stop: Senate Calendar 2/12

HB 213 status

  • Referred to: Workforce Development and Tourism; Transportation and Tourism; Commerce Committee

E-Fairness- Online Sales Tax

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

  • Passed: Commerce and Tourism (5-0);
  • Additional committees: Finance and Tax; Appropriations

HB 1381 status

  • Referred to: Ways and Means; Commerce; Appropriations

Affordable Housing Trust Fund

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

  • Passed: Infrastructure and Security (8-0)
  • Referred to: Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development
  • Additional committees: Appropriations

HB 381 status

  • Referred to: Transportation and Tourism Appropriations Subcommittee; State Affairs Committee; Appropriations

Affordable Housing Tax Reduction

SB 856/HB 1459

Reduces property taxes for those building or renovating certain affordable, elderly, or workforce housing projects.

SB 856 status

  • Passed: Community Affairs (5-0)
  • Referred to: Finance and Tax; Appropriations

HB 1459 status

  • Referred to: Local, Federal, and Veterans Affairs; Ways and Means; State Affairs

Pre-Emption of Local Occupational Licensing

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

  • Passed: Community Affairs (4-0)
  •  Additional committees: Innovation, Industry, and Technology; Rules

HB 3 status

  • Passed: Business and Professions (12-2); Commerce Committee (14-5)
  • Next stop: House floor