Energy; Revising the selection criteria for purchasing or leasing vehicles for state agencies, state universities, community colleges, and local governments under a state purchasing plan; requiring the Department of Management Services, before a specified date, to make recommendations to state agencies, state universities, community colleges, and local governments relating to the procurement and integration of electric and natural gas fuel (includes propane) vehicles and other vehicles powered by renewable energy, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2023
Prohibits certain local governmental entities, subject to specified exceptions, from enacting or enforcing resolution, ordinance, rule, code, or policy or from taking any action that restricts or prohibits or has effect of restricting or prohibiting use of appliances. Effective Date: July 1, 2023
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Revises requirements for applicants for Class “K” license; revises circumstances under which DACS may waive firearms training requirements; requires Division of Licensing of DACS to establish specified late fee by rule; authorizes DACS to publish certain information online in lieu of using paper format; provides criminal penalties for actions relating to retail fuel theft; requires law enforcement agencies to remove & reclaim, recycle, or dispose of fuel in specified manner; specifies that convicted persons are responsible for certain costs & payments. Specific to license holders of Category 1 and 5 LP Gas licenses they are statutorily able to design piping, tubing, appliances, and equipment for the use of lp gas or natural gas. Effective Date: July 1, 2023
Revises provisions related to taxation including an extension on the natural gas fuel excise tax exemption until 2026, provides for a sales tax exemption on machinery and equipment used to produce, store, transport, compress, or blend renewable natural gas at a fixed location, creates a tool time sales tax holiday between September 2, 2023 and September 8, 2023 (see legislation for details), creates a one year sales tax holiday on the retail sale of a new Energy Star appliance for non-commercial use, and creates a one year sales tax holiday on the retail sale of gas ranges and cook tops. Effective Date: July 1, 2023
Primarily Defense and no legislation passed that disrupted the industry.
Prohibiting certain regulations relating to building design elements from being applied to certain dwellings; providing exceptions; providing requirements for the petition and commission; requiring the commission to issue a nonbinding advisory opinion within a specified timeframe; prohibiting the use of preliminary maps issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency under certain circumstances; authorizing the commission to issue errata to the code; prohibiting a local government from requiring certain contracts for the issuance of a building permit; authorizing certain local entities to use a private provider for code inspection services under certain circumstances; revising how certain excess funds may be used by a local government; requiring evaluation entities that meet certain criteria to comply with certain standards; authorizing the commission to suspend or revoke certain approvals under certain circumstances, etc.
Prohibiting insurance policies from providing specified rights of subrogation under certain circumstances; authorizing a condominium association to extinguish discriminatory restrictions; authorizing the board of administration of an association to take certain actions relating to electric vehicle charging stations and natural gas fuel stations; authorizing parties to initiate presuit mediation under certain circumstances; revising the allowable uses of certain escrow funds withdrawn by developers; authorizing certain developers to include reserves in the budget, etc.
Defining the term “solar facility”; providing that solar facilities are a permitted use in local government comprehensive plan agricultural land use categories and certain agricultural zoning districts; authorizing the Florida Public Service Commission to approve cost recovery by a gas public utility for certain contracts for the purchase of renewable natural gas, etc.
Preemption Over Restriction of Utility Services: Prohibits municipalities, counties, special districts, or other political subdivisions from restricting or prohibiting types or fuel sources of energy production used, delivered, converted, or supplied by certain entities to customers; voids existing specified documents & policies that are preempted by this act.
Providing term limits for the Public Counsel; revising and providing noncriminal violations relating to the transportation of certain hazardous materials; authorizing the State Fire Marshal or his or her agents to issue certain citations; requiring certain persons to transmit an incident report to the State Fire Marshal; requiring Sunshine State One-Call of Florida, Inc., to review certain reports and complaints, etc.
Requiring the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to waive the requirement to pass the Commercial Driver License Skills Tests for certain servicemembers and veterans; specifying that the failure to repay certain student loans is not considered a failure to perform a statutory or legal obligation for which certain disciplinary action can be taken; deleting the requirement that the Florida State Boxing Commission adopt rules relating to a knockdown timekeeper; revising the membership and qualifications of the Florida Building Commission, etc.