LOOKING AHEAD TO 2023
The 2023 Florida Legislative Session will begin March 7, 2023 and is scheduled to conclude May 5, 2023. Proposed legislation is being filed as we develop this information. Interim Committee meetings will be held until the regular session convenes, as sponsors of proposed legislation attempt to clear their proposals from assigned committees before April 25th which marks the last day that Committees can meet. With mid-term elections behind us, the question remains whether Florida's Governor will make a run for the US Presidency in 2024. His decision could impact the way this year's session proceeds.
New leadership will be present in the House and Senate Chambers as follows:
Senate President, Senator Kathleen Possidomo, District 28 including Collier, Hendry and parts of Lee County
Speaker of the House – Representative Paul Renner, District 19 including Flagler and part of St. Johns County
Committees in both chambers have been appointed. It is critical that as members, you know who your legislators are. Click here to Find Your Representative. By looking at your Voter Registration Card and finding your Senate District, you can Find Your Senator.
Once you have located these elected officials through the links above, you can see on the Representative's/Senator's webpage what committees they have been assigned. On these pages you can also find information on the individual's interests and other information that will help you prepare a visit to their office, or a letter supporting issues of importance to you.
We encourage you to bookmark this page and check it regularly as we will update information as it becomes available. FRPA eConnect will also be used to send legislative Elerts if quick action is needed on an issue.
CHILD WATER SAFETY REQUIREMENTS
SB 74 by Senator Rodriguez
Citing this act as the "Kareem Angel Green Act"; providing that certain organizations that care for or supervise children must require parents or legal guardians to attest certain information in writing before taking children under their care or supervision to public bathing places or public swimming pools; providing requirements to provide personal floatation equipment for children when such organizations conduct certain activities in public bathing places or public swimming pools. Providing an exception for children participating in swimming instruction.
Status of SB 176
||Referred to Health Policy; Children, Families, and Elder Affairs; Rules
STATE PARKS CAMPSITE RESERVATIONS
SB 76 by Senator Hooper
Requiring the Division of Recreation and Parks of the Department of Environmental Protection to allow residents and nonresidents to make state park campsite reservations within specified timeframes; requiring Florida residents to provide information from their Florida driver license or identification card for certain reservations made in advance, etc. Impact of bill provides a one month advance reservation capability for residents versus non-residents providing proof of residency is provided.
Status of SB 76
||Referred to Environment and Natural Resources; Appropriations Committee on Agriculture, Environment, and General Government; Fiscal Policy
||Favorable by Environment and Natural Resources Committee
SB 84 by Senator Rodriguez
Requiring a state park to have a certified lifeguard on duty at designated swimming areas within the park during certain timeframes; requiring the Department of Environmental Protection to install a water rescue station at each designated swimming area; requiring Public Schools to provide comprehensive age-appropriate and developmentally appropriate K-12 instruction on water safety, etc.
Status of SB 84
||Referred to Education Pre-K -12; Appropriations Committee on Agriculture, Environment, and General Government; Fiscal Policy