Florida Food Policy Council

L E A D I N G  F L O R I D A  F O O D






Policy Snapshot

What's the scoop on food policy? Check our snapshots each month to see a localized challenge or success in the state of Florida!

<< First  < Prev   1   2   Next >  Last >> 
  • 4 Dec 2019 9:36 AM | Administrator (Administrator)

    On January 14th, the 2020 Florida Legislative session will begin. Here is an overview of bills related to food policy that were filed in the House. 

    Bills can be also found on the Florida House of Representative's website here. Simply enter the bill number in the search bar. 

    You can also download the full House Bills Snapshot PDF version by clicking here.

    House Bills 

    Number

     Title

     Filed By

    Last Action 

     HB 139

     Drinking Water in Public Schools

     Jenne; (Co-introducers) Ausley: Polo: Polsky: Webb

     Referred to PreK-12 Innovation Subcommittee; PreK-12 Appropriations

     HB 147  Water Resources  Jacobs; (Co-introducers) Good; Polsky; Webb  Referred to Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee; Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee; State Affairs Committee

     HB 159

     Sales and Use Tax

     Clemons; (Co-introducers) Bell; Fitzenhagen; Grieco; Killebrew; LaMarca; McClain; Plasencia; Sabatani; Smith; D.; Stone

     Referred to Ways and Means Committee: Commerce Committee; Appropriations Committee

     HB 161

    Prohibited Discrimination 

    Toledo; Webb ; (Co-introducers) Alexander; Aloupis; Ausley; Caruso; Casello; Cortes ; Daley; Diamond; Driskell; DuBose; Duran; Eskamani; Fernandez; Fitzenhagen; Geller ; Goff-Marcil; Good; Gottlieb; Grieco; Hart; Hattersley; Hogan Johnson; Jacobs; Jenne; Jones; Killebrew; LaMarca; Mariano; Mercado; Polo; Polsky; Raschein; Silvers; Slosberg; Smith, C.; Stark; Valdes; Watson, C.; Willhite

    Referred to Civil Justice Subcommittee; Business and Professions

     HB 165

    Youth in Solitary Confinement

    Driskell; (Co-introducers) Eskamani; Jenne; Polo; Polsky

    Referred to Criminal Justice Subcommittee; Justice Appropriations Subcommittee, Judiciary Subcommittee

    HB 243

    Nonservice Animals
    Antone Referred to Business and Professions Subcommittee; Government Operations and Technology Appropriations Subcommittee; Commerce Committee
    HB 401 Shark Fins  Jacobs; (Co-introducers) Casello; Daley; Duran; Killebrew; LaMarca; Mercado; Polo; Smith, C.; Stark; Stevenson; Webb   On Committee Agenda--Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee
     HB 413 Child Welfare   Byrd  Referred to Children, Families and Seniors Subcommittee; Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee; Health and Human Services Committee
     HB 521  School Food and Nutrition Services  Webb Referred to Ways and Means Committee; State Affairs Committee; Appropriations Committee 
     HB 635 Unlawful Discrimination  Watson, B.   Referred to Civil Justice Committee; Government Operations and Technology Appropriations Subcommittee; Judiciary Committee
    HB 689 Department of Business and Professional Regulation Rodriguez, A. Referred to Business and Professions Subcommittee; Government Operations and Technology Appropriations Subcommittee; Commerce Committee
    HB 715   Recycled Water Maggard   Referred to Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee; Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee; State Affairs Committee
     HB 767 Assisted Living Facilities  Grant, M.   Filed
    HB 827 Recovery Care Services   Stevenson  Filed
    HB 861  Bottled Water Excise Tax  Willhite  Filed
    HB 2075 Treasure Coast Food Bank - Farmers Fresh Invest Hogan Johnson   Now in Appropriations Committee
    HB 2347 Curley's House of Style Inc./Hope Relief Food Bank - Elderly Meals and Social Programs   Bush  Now in Appropriations Committee 
    HB 2547  WateReuse Florida Recycled Water for Potable Purposes Education Campaign  Maggard On Committee Agenda--Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee 
    HB 2799 Feeding Florida Healthy Food Initiative   Roth  On Committee Agenda--Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee
    HB 3399  Haitian American Food Bank of South Florida   Jacquet  Referred to Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee; Appropriations Committee
    HB 3419  Florida Student Association, Inc. - Food and Housing Insecurity Ponder; Joseph  Referred to Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee; Appropriations Committee 
     HB 3437 North Miami Food Pantry  Joseph   On Committee Agenda--Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee
    HB 3851   Primary Care Medical Services of Poinciana Patient Transportation & Mobile Food Pantry Program La Rosa  Referred to Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee; Appropriations Committee 
     HB 3381 Culinary Workforce Training Program - Second Harvest Food Bank Mercado  Referred to Transportation and Tourism Appropriations Subcommittee; Appropriations Committee 
  • 4 Nov 2019 8:05 AM | Administrator (Administrator)

    On January 14th, the 2020 Florida Legislative session will begin. Here is an overview of bills related to food policy that were filed in the Senate. 

    Bills can be also found on the Florida House of Representative's website here. Simply enter the bill number in the search bar. 

    You can also download the full Senate Bills Snapshot PDF version by clicking here.

    Senate Bills 

    Number

     Title

     Filed By

    Last Action 

     SB 6

     Relief of Shuler Limited Partnership/Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

     Montford

     Referred to Special Master on Claim Bills; Judiciary; Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment, and General Government; Appropriations

     SB 34

     Prohibited Discrimination

     Rouson

     Withdrawn Prior to Introduction

     SB 38

     State Symbols

     Book

    Referred to Commerce and Tourism; Governmental Oversight and Accountability; Rules 

     SB 40

     Prohibition of Carryout Bags and Straws

     Rader; (Co-introducers) Stewart; Berman

     Referred to Commerce and Tourism; Community Affairs; Rules

     SB 42

     Donor Human Milk Bank Services

     Book; (Co-introducers) Stewart

    Referred to Health Policy; Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services; Appropriations 

     SB 50

     Beverage Container Deposits

     Rader

     Referred to Environment and Natural Resources; Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment, and General Government; Appropriations

     SB 108

     Specialty License Plates/Florida State Beekeepers Association

     Rader

    Referred to Infrastructure and Security; Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development; Appropriations 

     SB 110

     Fees/Florida State Beekeepers Association License Plate

     Rader

     Referred to Infrastructure and Security; Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development; Appropriations

     SB 138

    Beverage Law 

     Hutson

     Referred to Innovation, Industry, and Technology; Commerce and Tourism; Rules

     SB 168

     Drinking Water in Public Schools

     Cruz; (Co-introducers) Pizzo; Berman; Gibson; Book; Stewart; Rader; Rouson; Taddeo; Torres; Farmer

     Referred to Education; Appropriations Subcommittee on Education; Appropriations

     SB 182

     Preemption of Recyclable and Polystyrene Materials

     Stewart; (Co-introducers) Rodriguez; Berman

     Referred to Community Affairs; Environment and Natural Resources; Rules

     SB 216

    Assistance for Micro Businesses 

     Rodriguez

     Referred to Innovation, Industry, and Technology; Infrastructure and Security; Appropriations

     SB 278

     Climate Health Planning

     Rodriguez

     Referred to Health Policy; Infrastructure and Security; Appropriations

     SB 280

     Climate Fiscal Responsibility

     Rodriguez

     Referred to Infrastructure and Security; Finance and Tax; Appropriations

     SB 286

     Tax Credit for Carbon Farming

     Rodriguez

     Referred to Agriculture; Finance and Tax; Appropriations

     SB 300

     Food Pantries in Public Schools

     Farmer

     Referred to Education; Appropriations Subcommittee on Education; Appropriations

     SB 326

     Environmental Regulation

    Perry

    On Committee agenda--Environment and Natural Resources, 11/04/19 

     SB 456

     Minimum Wage

     Rodriguez

    Referred to Commerce and Tourism; Innovation, Industry, and Technology; Rules 

     SB 482

     Beverage Law

     Brandes

     Referred to Commerce and Tourism; Innovation, Industry, and Technology; Rules

     SB 638

     Apalachicola Environmental Stewardship Act

     Montford

    Filed 

     SB 644  Florida Civil Rights Act  Braynon Filed 
     SB 680  Shark Fins  Hutson; (Co-introducers) Gruiters Filed
     SB 690 Water Resources   Albritton Filed
     SB 724  Local Government Recycling Programs  Albritton Filed 
  • 5 Oct 2019 8:18 AM | Administrator (Administrator)


    In September, Florida lawmakers returned to the Capitol to begin committee meetings for the 2020 Legislative Session. Here’s a rundown of some of the issues covered that we know are important to you. 

    On September 17, the Agriculture Committee received an update from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services about hemp issues. The legislature passed SB 1020 on May 3 and it became law on July 1. The FDACS presentation highlighted points such as increasing interest in the hemp program by consumers and growers, collaboration with other government bodies for regulation, a timeline of the release of permits, and what lies ahead for farmers and best management practices. It was also announced that Fresh From Florida will be starting a hemp program to assist farmers with resources and education. After questions, representatives from hemp pilot projects at Florida A&M University and the University of Florida also shared test results with the committee.

    The full meeting can be viewed here. 

    The Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment and General Government met on September 18 for presentations on the transfer of Florida’s information technology by the Department of Management Services, on Agricultural Water Policy from the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and on invasive species impacts, prevention, and enforcement by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

    The Director of the office of Agricultural Water Policy gave a presentation  on the responsibilities of OAWP, how those tasks are carried out, and explanations for specific budget requests. Specifically, how best management practices such as Nutritional Management BMPs, Irrigation Management BMPs and Water Resource Protection BMPsare created and how they are implemented to assist famers was discussed. A breakdown of how current and requested funding is used in research and BMP creation was also explained to the committee, as well as how hemp regulations will increase the need to employ more workers.

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission then gave a presentation on invasive species. The main roles of the FWC were covered, which include prevention, control and management, and research support. One important point that was briefly mentioned was the economic costs and agricultural impacts that are seen from invasive species. 

    A video of the meeting is provided here. 

    The Appropriations Committee also convened on September 18 to hear a presentation on the Long-range Financial Outlook for the state of Florida compiled by the Florida Legislature Office of Economic and Demographic.  The Outlook includes economic, demographic, and debt analyses that provide a framework for financial projections and covers the upcoming three state fiscal years: 2020-21, 2021-22, and 2022-23.  

    In the Outlook, funding for programs within the Departments of Environmental Protection, Agriculture and Consumer Services and the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission include: Water Projects, Drinking Water and Wastewater Revolving Loan Programs, Florida Keys, Herbert Hoover Dike, Florida Resilient Coastlines Program, Agricultural Programs, Citrus Canker Eradication Litigation and Fish and Wildlife Conservation Programs. 

    Notably, the report states that, “Agriculture continues to be an important industry in Florida. Based on a three-year average, $25.5 million in nonrecurring General Revenue funds and $6.2 million from trust funds are included for each fiscal year in the Outlook. This includes funding for water quality improvement initiatives and water conservation and supply planning. Funds are also included for the replacement of critical wildfire suppression equipment, promotional campaigns for agricultural commodities, citrus greening research and citrus health management areas, agricultural promotional and educational facilities, and the distribution of food to needy families through food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters…  

    The use of General Revenue funds to support the Agricultural Emergency Eradication Trust Fund is also in the report, “Section 570.1912, Florida Statutes, requires an appropriation from the General Revenue Fund to the Agriculture Emergency Eradication Trust Fund in an amount equal to the previous year’s transfer into the trust fund from fuel tax collections. Based on the results of the August 2019 Transportation Revenue Estimating Conference, the Outlook includes nonrecurring General Revenue funds of $13.0 million in Fiscal Year 2020-21, $13.3 million in Fiscal Year 2021-22, and $13.7 million in Fiscal Year 2022-23.”  

    In regards to Natural Resources, funding for life and safety repairs for agricultural and wildlife conservation infrastructure located throughout the state is also mentioned. These improvements include, “state offices and laboratories, forestry wildfire prevention facilities, and state farmers markets. The Outlook includes a three-year average of $1.5 million of nonrecurring General Revenue and $4.5 million from trust funds for each of the Fiscal Years 2020-21 through 2022-23.” 

    The full Outlook contains a wide range of information which is available here, and the legislative meeting is viewable online here. 

    In the upcoming months, we will be following up with updates on legislative meetings and proposed food-related policies put forward by congress members. 


  • 28 Aug 2019 8:29 PM | Administrator (Administrator)

    2018-2020 Florida Senate Committee on Agriculture Members


    As a Floridian, by sharing your opinions and ideas with your representatives and senators in Tallahassee, you can help them decide what to do about the issues and pending legislation that affects us all. In order to do this, you need to know which representatives to contact and how to contact them.

    Below is a list of Senators on the 2018-2020 Committee on Agriculture, the food-related legislation they supported in 2019 and their contact information. 

    You can download a PDF version of this information here.

    Committee on Agriculture Members


    Chair  
    Ben Albritton  
    (R-District 26)  

    Introduced Bills:  

    -SB 628 Water Resources  

    -SB 880 Young Farmers and Ranchers 

    -SB 1058 State Hemp Program 

    -SB 1646 Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services 

    -SB 1804 Emergency Loans for Agricultural Producers

    Co-Introduced Bills:  

    -SB 66 Drinking Water in Public Schools  

    -SB 1020 State Hemp Program 


    Contact:

    Capitol Office  

    Phone:(850) 487-5026

    Address:308 Senate Building, 404 South Monroe Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100 

    Vice Chair
    George B. Gainer  
    (R-District 2)

     

    Co-Introduced Bills: 

    -SB 880 Young Farmers and Ranchers  

    Contact:

    Capitol Office

    Phone: (850) 487-5002

    Address:302 Senate Building, 404 South Monroe Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100

    Senator  
    Doug Broxson  
    (R-
    District 1)

     

    Introduced Bills:

    Contact:

    Capitol Office

    Phone: (850) 487-5001

    Address: 318 Senate Building, 404 South Monroe Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100

    Senator 
    Bill Montford
    (D-District 3)


    Introduced Bills:

    -SB 384 Medical Use of Marijuana in Schools

    -SB 998 Public Notification of Pollution

    -SB 110 Water Testing for Pollution

    -SB 1256 Apalachicola Bay Area of Critical State Concern

    Contact:

    Capitol Office

    Phone: (850) 487-5003

    Address:410 Senate Building, 404 South Monroe Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100

    Senator 
    Kevin J. Rader
    (D-District 29)

    Introduced Bills:

    -SB 486 Specialty License Plates/Florida State Beekeepers Association

    -SB 502 Prohibition of Plastic Carryout Bags and Straws

    -SB 510 Income Inequality Impact Statements

    -SB 108 Specialty License Plates/Florida Beekeepers Association

    Co-Introduced Bills:

    -SB 66 Drinking Water in Public Schools

    -SB 352 Shark Fins and Ray Parts

    Contact:

    Capitol Office

    Phone: (850) 487-5029

    Address: 222 Senate Building,  404 South Monroe Street,  Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100


  • 23 Aug 2019 8:55 AM | Administrator (Administrator)

    Legislation Update: Animals 

    With consumers becoming more conscious of the origins of food products, there have been many developments on the legislative front for animals. Businesses must take into account new regulations related to animal welfare, farming restrictions and bans on specific processes.  

    Below is a list of legislation related to animal production that was proposed on the Federal and State level in 2018-2019. 

    Federal Legislation 

    The Dog & Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act (H.R. 6720), introduced by Florida Representatives Vern Buchanan and Alcee Hastings, passed the House on Sept. 122018. The bill was then incorporated under the H.R. 2 (115th): Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018.  

    The bill prohibits the slaughter of dogs and cats for human consumption. It also amends the Animal Welfare Act (7 U.S.C. 2131 et seq.) to prohibit knowingly slaughtering dogs or cats for human consumption, as well as transporting, possessing, buying, selling, or donating of a dog or cat for such purposes and imposes penalties for violations. The provision does not limit any state or local law to protect animal welfare. 


    The Sustainable Shark Fisheries and Trade Act of 2019 (S.1008) was introduced to the Senate by Florida Senator Marco Rubio on April 3, 2019. 

    This bill is aimed at stopping the practice of shark finning and prohibit the import of shark products originating from any nation without a certification, as well as the possession of such products in the U.S. with limited exceptions for law enforcement, subsistence harvest, education, conservation or scientific research.  


    The Processing Revival & Intrastate Meat Exemption (PRIME) Act (H.R. 2859/S. 1620) was introduced by Representatives Thomas Massie and Chellie to Congress to the House on May 21, 2019. 

    The PRIME act would give individual states freedom to permit intrastate distribution of custom-slaughtered meat such as beef, pork or lamb to consumers, restaurants, hotels, boarding houses and grocery stores. 



    The 
    Farm and Ranch to School Act (H.R. 3090) of 2019, introduced by Representative Dusty Johnson, was introduced to the House on June 4, 2019. 

    The bill would amend the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act to include ranching educational activities in the Farm to School Program, specifically, “education activities in curriculum planning that encourage the participation of school children in ranching, livestock production, and meat processing educational activities. 


    Florida State Legislation 

    Senate Bill 352, introduced by Senator Joe Gruters, and Companion House Bill 99, introduced by Representative Kristin Jacobs, both died in Committees on May 3, 2019. 

    These bills would have banned the possession and sale of shark fins and ray parts in Florida. “Finning,” removing a shark’s fins and dumping the injured fish back into the ocean, is banned in Florida waters. But it is legal to remove and sell shark fins once boats return to the dock. In addition, a large number of imported shark fins enter the U.S. through Florida ports. 


  • 9 Aug 2019 1:37 PM | Administrator (Administrator)

    2018-2020 Florida House of Representatives
    Agriculture Committee Members


    As a Floridian, by sharing your opinions and ideas with your representatives and senators in Tallahassee, you can help them decide what to do about the issues and pending legislation that affects us all. However, you need to know which representatives to contact and how to contact them.

    Below is a list of Representatives, the food-related legislation they supported in 2019 and their contact information.

    Agriculture & Natural Resources Subcommittee (List 2 - 7/15 members)

    Representative Lawrence McClure

    (R-District 58)

    2019 Sponsored Bills:

    -CS/HB 1169 Displacement of Private Waste Companies

    -HB 4779University of Florida IFAS - STEM, Workforce & Student 4H Programs

    -HB 4991Enhancing the Next Generation Agriculture Program

    Co-Sponsored Bills:

    -CS/HB 603 Single Use Plastic Straws

    Contact:

    Capitol Office:

    Phone: (850) 717-5058

    Address: 1301 The Capitol
    402 South Monroe Street
    Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300

    Representative Anika Tene Omphroy

    (D-District 95)

    2019 Sponsored Bills:

    -HB 4939 Lauderhill Southeast Water Service Project
     


    Contact:

    Capitol Office:

    Phone: (850) 717-5095

    Address: 1302 The Capitol
    402 South Monroe Street
    Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300

    Representative Daniel Perez

    (R-District 116)


    2019 Sponsored Bills:

    -HB 3371 Little Havana Activities & Nutrition Centers of Dade County

    - Adult Day Care-HB 6037 Individual Wine Containers

    Co-Sponsored Bills:

    -CS/HB 603Single-Use Plastic Straws

    -CS/HB 1169 Displacement of Private Waste Companies

    -HB 4507 Common Threads Obesity Prevention and Nutrition Education.

    Contact:

    Capitol Office:

    Phone: (850) 717-5116

    Address: 1101 The Capitol
    402 South Monroe Street
    Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300

    Representative
    Sharon Pritchett

    (D-District 102)

    2019 Sponsored Bills:

    Contact:

    Capitol Office:

    Phone: (850) 717-5102

    Address: 300 House Office Building
    402 South Monroe Street
    Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300

    Representative
    William Cloud “Will” Robinson, Jr.

    (R-District 71)

    2019 Sponsored Bills:

    Contact:

    Capitol Office:

    Phone: (850) 717-5071

    Address: 1401 The Capitol
    402 South Monroe Street
    Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300

    Representative
    Tyler I. Sirois

    (R-District 51)

    2019 Sponsored Bills:

    Contact:

    Capitol Office:

    Phone: (850) 717-5051

    Address: 1301 The Capitol
    402 South Monroe Street
    Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300

    Representative
    Clovis Watson, Jr.

    (D-District 20)

    2019 Sponsored Bills:

    -HB 745 Alachua County

    -HB 3903 Eco-Industrial Park – Alachua

    Co-Sponsored Bills:

    CS/CS/HB 333 State Hemp Program

    Contact:

    Capitol Office:

    Phone: (850) 717-5020

    Address: 200 House Office Building
    402 South Monroe Street
    Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300


  • 9 Aug 2019 12:23 PM | Administrator (Administrator)

    2018-2020 Florida House of Representatives
    Agriculture Committee Members


    As a Floridian, by sharing your opinions and ideas with your representatives and senators in Tallahassee, you can help them decide what to do about the issues and pending legislation that affects us all. However, you need to know which representatives to contact and how to contact them.

    Below is a list of Representatives, the food-related legislation they supported in 2019 and their contact information.

    Agriculture & Natural Resources Subcommittee (List 1 - 8/15 members)

    List 2 can be viewed here


    Chair
    Chuck Clemons

    (R-District 21)

    2019 Sponsored Bills:

    -HB 3029 Feeding Florida Healthy Food Initiative

    -HB 3167Preparing the Next Generation Agricultural Education Student

    -HB 3291 Flagler County Safe Drinking Water and Wastewater Project

    Co-Sponsored Bills:

    -CS/CS/HB 333State Hemp Program

    -CS/CS/HB771 Environmental Regulation

    Contact:

    Capitol Office: 

    Phone: (850) 717-5021

    Address: 209 House Office Building 
    402 South Monroe Street
    Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300


    Vice Chair
    Holly Raschein

    (R-District 120)

    2019 Sponsored Bills: 

    -HB 1229 Craft Distilleries

    -HB 1395 Water Quality Improvements-HB 4735 Little Havana Activities & Nutrition Centers of Dade County, Inc. -Elderly Meals Program

    Co-Sponsored Bills:

    -CS/CS/HB 105Domestic Wastewater Collection System Assessment and Maintenance

    -CS/CS/HB 333 State Hemp Program-HB 4507 Common Threads Obesity Prevention and Nutrition Education

    Contact:

    Capitol Office:

    Phone: (850) 717-5120

    Address: 418 The Capitol 
    402 South Monroe Street
    Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300

    Democratic Ranking Member

    Delores D. “D” Hogan Johnson

    (D-District 84)

    2019 Sponsored Bills:

    -HB 2219 Treasure Coast Food Bank Food Production Plant Land Acquisition and Renovations

    -HB 3151 United Against Poverty Capital Improvements & Training

    Contact:

    Capitol Office:

    Phone: (850) 717-5084

    Address: 1302 The Capitol402 South Monroe StreetTallahassee, FL 32399-1300


    Representative Robert Charles Brannan III

    (R-District 10)

    2019 Sponsored Bills:

    -CS/HB 1215 Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

    Co-Sponsored Bills:

    -HB 3167 Preparing the Next Generation Agricultural Education Student

    -HB 4779 University of Florida IFAS - STEM, Workforce & Student 4H Programs

    Contact:

    Capitol Office:

    Phone: (850) 717-5010

    Address: 1101 The Capitol402 South Monroe StreetTallahassee, FL 32399-1300

    Representative Elizabeth Anne Fetterhoff 

    (R-District 26)

    2019 Sponsored Bills:

    -CS/HB 145Vegetable Gardens-HB 4707Stetson University

    - Water Institute/St. Johns River Field Station

    Co-Sponsored Bills:

    -CS/HB 141 Water Quality Improvements


    Contact:

    Capitol Office:

    Phone: (850) 717-5026

    Address: 1401 The Capitol402 South Monroe StreetTallahassee, FL 32399-1300

    Representative Mike Hill

    (R-District 1)

    2019 Sponsored Bills:

    -CS/HB 1125Tobacco Products

    Co-Sponsored Bills:

    -HB 545 Drinking Water in Public Schools

    -CS/HB 603 Single Use Plastic Straws


     Contact:

    Capitol Office:

    Phone: (850) 717-5001

    Address: 1101 The Capitol402 South Monroe StreetTallahassee, FL 32399-1300


    Representative Kristin Diane

    (D-District 96)

    2019 Sponsored Bills:

    -CS/CS/HB 105Domestic Wastewater Collection System Assessment and Maintenance

    -HB 1199 Water Resources


    Contact:

    Capitol Office:

    Phone: (850) 717-5096

    Address: 200 House Office Building402 South Monroe StreetTallahassee, FL 32399-1300

    Representative Chris Latvala

    (R-District 67)

    2019 Sponsored Bills:

    -HB 2555 Strategic Policy Plan for Florida's Oceans and Coasts 

    Co-Sponsored Bills:

    -HB 2319 Water Resources Operator Vocational Training Program


    Contact:

    Capitol Office: 

    Phone: (850) 717-5067

    Address: 222 The Capitol402 South Monroe Street Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300



  • 10 Jul 2019 12:03 PM | Administrator (Administrator)


    Florida’s 2019 new fiscal year started on July 1st. Lawmakers passed 195 bills this year and the Governor has been signing those that successfully made it through both the House and Senate. 

    Governor Desantis signed a new $90.9 billion budget and vetoed $131 million in projects and spending decisions. Below we have highlighted bills related to food policy that were signed into law.  

    View a full version of our summary in this pdf.

    You can read summaries of all the bills on the Florida Senate website here and vetoed bills can be viewed in this searchable pdf.

    Signed Bills  

    Bill 

    Name 

    Date Signed 

    Details 

    SB 182 

    Medical Use of Marijuana 

    3/18/2019 

    Provides an exception to the requirement that such devices must be purchased from a medical marijuana treatment center for devices that are intended for the medical use of marijuana by smoking; redefines the term “medical use” to include the possession, use, or administration of marijuana in a form for smoking; restricting the smoking of marijuana in enclosed indoor workplaces; requires a qualified physician to submit specified documentation to the Board of Medicine and the Board of Osteopathic Medicine upon determining that smoking is an appropriate route of administration for a qualified patient, other than a patient diagnosed with a terminal condition, etc. 

    SB 320 


    Residential Conservation Programs   


    5/3/2019 

    Authorizes the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to organize, staff, equip, and operate residential conservation programs for a specified purpose, etc. 

    HB 745 

    Alchua County 

    5/10/2019 

    Provides an exception to general law; authorizes business licensed to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on premises within specified area to sell such beverages for consumption off premises; provides boundaries. 

    HB 1099 


    City of Kissimmee, Osceola County  

      

    5/10/2019 

    Creates an overlay district; provides boundaries; provides exception to general law; requires DBPR to issue special alcoholic beverage license to certain establishments; provides penalties; prohibites subsequent licensure application for specified period. 

    HB 1351 


    City of St. Cloud, Osceola County 

      

    6/4/2019 

    Creates a special zone; provides boundaries; provides exception to general law; provides space, seating, & minimum gross revenue requirements for special alcoholic beverage licenses for certain restaurants. 

    SB 82 


    Vegetable Gardens 


    6/24/2019  

    Prohibits local governments from regulating vegetable gardens on residential properties except as otherwise provided by law; specifies that such regulations are void and unenforceable, etc. 

    SB 1020 

    State Hemp Program 

    6/25/2019 

    Creates the state hemp program within the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services; requires licensees to use specified hemp seeds and cultivars; revises the colleges and universities at which the department is required to authorize and oversee the development of industrial hemp pilot projects; removes a condition for the implementation of industrial hemp commercialization projects, etc. 

    SB 1552  


    Florida Red Tide Mitigation and Technology Development Initiative 

      

    6/20/2019 

    Establishes the Florida Red Tide Mitigation and Technology Development Initiative; requires the initiative to submit an annual report by a specified date to the Governor, the Legislature, the Secretary of Environmental Protection, and the executive director of the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; establishing the Initiative Technology Advisory Council, etc.  

    SB 2500 

    Appropriations 

    6/21/2019 

    Provides money for the annual period beginning July 1, 2019, and ending June 30, 2020, and supplemental appropriations for the period ending June 30, 2019, to pay salaries, and other expenses, capital outlay - buildings, and other improvements, and for other specified purposes of the various agencies of state government, etc. APPROPRIATION: $91,106,375,235  

      

  • 13 Jun 2019 3:20 PM | Administrator (Administrator)

    June Food Policy Snapshot 

    May 3rd was the last day of the regular session for the Florida Legislature. Many bills passed and were sent to the Governor’s office to be signed while others died in committee meetings. Here is an overview of Senate bills related to food policy. Bills can be found on the Florida House of Representative's website here. Simply enter the bill number in the search bar.

    You can also download the full Senate and House Bills Snapshot PDF version by clicking here.

    Senate Bills 

    Number

    Title

    Filed By

    Last Action

    SB 66 

    Drinking Water in Public Schools 

    Cruz 

    Died in Appropriations Committee 

    SB 82 

    Vegetable Gardens 

    Bradley 

    Order Enrolled 

    SB 88 

    Preemption of Recyclable and Polystyrene Materials 

    Stewart 

    Died in Community Affairs 

    SB 220 

    Beverage Law 

    Brandes 

    Died in Innovation, Industry, and Technology 

    SB 242 

    Beverage Law 

    Hutson 

    Died in Innovation, Industry, and Technology 

    SB 352 

    Shark Fins and Ray Parts 

    Gruters 

    Died in Environment and Natural Resources 

    SB 502 

    Prohibition of Plastic Carryout Bags and Straws 

    Rader 

    Died in Commerce and Tourism 

    SB 628 

    Water Resources 

    Albritton 

    Died in Infrastructure and Security 

    SB 672 

    Beverage Container Deposits

     

    Farmer 

    Died in Environment and Natural Resources 

    SB 694 

    Disposable Plastic Bags 

    Rodriguez 

    Died in Community Affairs 

    SB 816 

    Environmental Regulation 

    Perry 

    Laid on Table - Refer to CS/CS/HB 771 -SJ 607  

    SB 880 

    Young Farmers and Ranchers 

    Gainer 

    Died in Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment, and General Government 

    SB 894 

    Individual Wine Containers 

    Stargel 

    Died in Innovation, Industry, and Technology 

    SB 962 

    Malt Beverages 

    Diaz 

    Died in Commerce and Tourism 

    SB 1020 

    State Hemp Program 

    Bradley 

    Ordered engrossed, then enrolled -SJ 895  

    SB 1058 

    State Hemp Program 

    Albritton 

    Died in Innovation, Industry, and Technology 

    SB 1100 

    Water Testing for Pollution 

    Montford 

    Died in Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services 

    SB 1340 

    Water Pollution Operation Permits 

    Cruz 

    Died in Environment and Natural Resources 

    SB 1558 

    Fees/State Hemp Program Registration 

    Rodriguez 

    Died in Innovation, Industry, and Technology 

    SB 1716

    Fertilizers 

    Bracy

    Died in Agriculture 

    SB 1804 

    Emergency Loans for Agricultural Producers 

    Albritton  

    Died in Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment, and General Government 

    SB 7088 

    Fees/State Hemp Program 

    Agriculture 

    Died in Appropriations 

    SB 7102 

    Hemp 

    Innovation, Industry and Technology 

    Died on Calendar 


  • 13 Jun 2019 3:15 PM | Administrator (Administrator)

    June Food Policy Snapshot 

    May 3rd was the last day of the regular session for the Florida Legislature. Many bills passed and were sent to the Governor’s office to be signed while others died in committee meetings. Here is an overview of House bills related to food policy. House bills can be found on the Florida House of Representative's website here. Simply enter the bill number in the search bar.

    You can also download the full Senate and House Bills Snapshot PDF version by clicking here.

    House Bills

    Number

    Title

    Filed By

    Last Action

    HB 145 

    Vegetable Gardens 

    Local, Federal and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee; Fetterhoff; (Co-introducers) Sabatini 

    Laid on Table - HJ 1097    

    HB 157 

    Fertilizers 

    Thompson;  (Co-introducers) Eskamani; Mercado 

    Died in Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee

    HB 333

    State Hemp Program 

    State Affairs Committee; Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee; Massullo; Killebrew; (Co-introducers) Bell; Buchanan; Byrd; Clemons; Cortes; Daniels; Eskamani; Grieco; Hart; LaMarca; Payne; Polsky; Raschein; Roth; Sabatini; Smith, D.; Watson, C. 

    Laid on Table -HJ 1097 

    HB 545 

    Drinking Water in Public Schools 

    Jenne;  (Co-introducers) Alexander; Antone; Cortes; Duran; Eskamani; Fernandez; Geller; Grieco; Hart; Hill; Mercado; Silvers; Smith, C.; Stark; Toledo 

    Died in PreK-12 Quality Subcommittee  

    HB 771 

    Environmental Regulation 

      

    State Affairs Committee; Local, Federal and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee; Overdorf; (Co-introducers) Clemons 

    Vetoed by Governor 

      

    HB 853 

    Beverage Container Deposits 

    Stark; (Co-introducers) Fernandez 


    Died in Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee 

    HB 907 

    Beverage Law 

    Toledo 

    Withdrawn prior to introduction -HJ 93  

    HB 1215 

    Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services 

    Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee; Brannan 

      

    Died in State Affairs Committee

    HB 1219 

    Beverage Law 

    Sabatini; (Co-introducers)  

    La Rosa; Smith, D. 

      

    Died in Innovation, Industry, and Technology  

    HB 2071 

    Southeastern Food Bank – Food Outreach Program

    Cortes 


    Died in Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee 

    HB 2219 

    Treasure Coast Food Bank Food Production Plant Land Acquisition and Renovations 

    Hogan Johnson 

      

    See SB2500 (line item 1552A)   

    HB 2389 

    Curley's House of Style Inc./Hope Relief Food Bank - Elderly Meals and Social Programs 

    Bush 

    Died in Appropriations Committee

    HB 2419 

    All Faiths Food Bank Warehouse Expansion 

    Gregory 

      

    Died in Appropriations Committee   

    HB 2623 

    Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida Culinary Training Program 

    Brown;  

    (Co-introducers) Mercado 

      

    Died in Appropriations Committee 

    HB 3029 

    Feeding Florida Healthy Food Initiative 

    Clemons 

      

    See SB2500 (line item 1547) 

    HB 3087 

    North Miami Food Pantry 

    Joseph 

      

    Died in Appropriations Committee 

    HB 3413 

     Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida 

    Eagle; (Co-introducers) Fitzenhagen 

      

    Died in Appropriations Committee   

    HB 3965 

    First Coast Fresh Food Innovation Center 

     Payne 

      

    Died in Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee 

    HB 4423 

    Haitian American Food Bank of South Florida 

    Jacquet 

      

    Died in Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee 

    HB 9083 

    All Faiths Food Bank - New Food and Resource Center in DeSoto County 

     Bell 

      

    Died in Appropriations Committee   


<< First  < Prev   1   2   Next >  Last >> 
Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software