July Legislation Update

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  



Date Signed 


SB 182 

Medical Use of Marijuana 


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   


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 


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  



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 



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 


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 


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 



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 



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  


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