SPAC Week 2

SPAC Updates - Week 2

Update from Tallahassee: Second Week of 2022 Legislative Session Complete

As Florida legislators met for the second week of the 2022 Regular Legislative Session, the House and Senate leaders felt the effects, once again, from the most recent COVID-19 viral surge as several senators were absent from the Capitol for Session which resulted in a number of Florida Senate committee meetings to not meet during week two.
 
With bipartisan support, the Florida Senate this week passed proposed Senate and Congressional redistricting maps for the state with SJR 100 and SB 102. The Florida House redistricting maps continue to work their way through committee while Gov. DeSantis this week also released a proposed Congressional map for the Legislature’s consideration. Every 10 years following the Census, the Florida Legislature redraws the districts from which Florida voters elect their state representatives, state senators, and members of the U.S. House of Representatives.
 
Gov. DeSantis also signed an executive order declaring a State of Emergency in Charlotte and Lee Counties due to the severe weather system moving through last week, which brought two confirmed tornadoes resulting in widespread power outages and damage. JLFLSPAC remains supportive of any Leagues that are in need at this time.
 
In a press conference this week, the governor also mentioned that First Lady Casey DeSantis completed her final chemotherapy treatments for breast cancer. The First Lady tweeted the update below:

The First Lady’s office announced that the theme for this year’s Black History Month contests will be Celebrating African-American Contributions to Florida’s History and released information regarding the student art and essay contests, as well as the Excellence in Education awards. Black History Month is celebrated each year in the month of February.  Student essay contest winners will receive a 4-Year Florida College Plan scholarship provided by the Florida Prepaid College Foundation. For more information about the contests, please visit www.FloridaBlackHistory.com.

 

Bills to Watch

CS/SB 756: Public Records/Human Trafficking Victims by Sen. DiazHB 1441 - Pub. Rec./Human Trafficking Victim Expunction by Rep. Toledo
The House version of this legislation will be heard in its first committee this week. The Senate version of the bill passed the first of its three committees unanimously during the first week of Session, and it will be heard in its next Senate committee this week as well. The Senate bill expands the public records exemption authorizing human trafficking victims to expunge a criminal history record related to offenses listed under the habitual violent felony offender designation if the victim was not found guilty of, or did not pled guilty or nolo contender to, such an offense. The bill also creates a new exemption from public records disclosure under s. 119.07(1), F.S., and s. 24(a), Art. I of the State Constitution for any petition filed by a human trafficking victim to expunge a criminal history record and all pleadings and documents related to the petition. The bill makes findings that the expansion of the exemption and the new exemption from public records disclosure are each a public necessity as required by the State Constitution. Two-thirds vote of both the House and the Senate is required for final passage.

SB 1770: Donor Human Milk Bank Services by Sen. Book / HB 1333 - Donor Human Milk Bank Services by McFarland
SB1770 is scheduled to be heard in committee this week. This bill will authorize the state agency, AHCA, to pay for donor human milk bank services as optional Medicaid service when a licensed physician or nurse practitioner has issued an order for an infant who is medically or physically unable to 45 receive maternal breast milk or breastfeed or whose mother is medically or physically unable to produce maternal breast milk or breastfeed.

CS/SB 760: Human Trafficking by Senator Berman
SB760 unanimously passed the Criminal Justice Committee during the first week of Session. The bill, which has two other committees of reference, amends the human trafficking statute, s. 787.06, F.S., to expand the term “coercion.” Currently, s. 787.06, F.S., delineates the offenses of human trafficking between whether the victim is a child under 18 years old, an adult who is believed to be a child under 18 years old, or an adult. The human trafficking offenses against adult victims require the element of “coercion.” This bill amends s. 787.06, F.S., to expand the term “coercion,” in multiple ways. The House version of the bill, HB 521: Human Trafficking and Prostitution by Rep. Skidmore, has not yet been heard in committee.

SB 1518: Lactation Space by Sen. Berman / HB 1223 - Lactation Space in Courthouses by Rep. Morales
This legislation would require at least one lactation space to be provided in each county courthouse.
 
SB 246: Tax Exemption for Diapers and Incontinence Products by Sen. Book / HB 85 
Tax Exemption for Diapers and Incontinence Products by Rep. Eskamani
These bills aim to repeal the state sales on various diapers in Florida. 

SB 1770: Donor Human Milk Bank Services by Sen. Book / HB 1333 - Donor Human Milk Bank Services by McFarland
This bill will authorize the state agency, AHCA, to pay for donor human milk bank services as optional Medicaid service when a licensed physician or nurse practitioner has issued an order for an infant who is medically or physically unable to 45 receive maternal breast milk or breastfeed or whose mother is medically or physically unable to produce maternal breast milk or breastfeed.

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