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Ron DeSantis Signs 12 Bills Into Law

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bills:

HB 823 – North Okaloosa Fire District, Okaloosa County:

Authorizes Board of Fire Commissioners of district to establish schedule of impact fees for new construction within its jurisdictional boundaries; provides for use of such impact fees; requires recordkeeping; authorizes agreements with general purpose local governments for certain purposes.

HB 897 – Dorcas Fire District, Okaloosa County:

Provides that district is dependent special district; removes provisions relating to district’s status as independent special district; provides that Okaloosa County Board of County Commissioners or its appointees shall serve as governing board; removes provisions relating to duties, election, terms, compensation, & meetings of district board of commissioners; removes requirement that resolution or ordinance adopted by board & approved by referendum only be repealed by referendum; authorizes district to assess ad valorem taxes & non-ad valorem assessments, & to impose & foreclose non-ad valorem assessment liens, as authorized by law; removes board’s authority to enter into certain agreements; revises rate of assessment of non-ad valorem assessments; provides that expansion & merger of district shall be ratified by board.

HB 741 – Town of Hillsboro Beach, Broward County:

Requires Division of Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco of DBPR to issue special alcoholic beverage license to residential condominium that meets certain requirements; limits issuance of such license & provision & sale of alcoholic beverages under such license; authorizes division to regulate & supervise residential condominiums to which such licenses have been issued; authorizes division to revoke or suspend such licenses.

CS/HB 379 – Public Records:

Exempts from public disclosure any other financial information necessary which an agency requires a prospective bidder to submit to verify its financial adequacy. The bill makes findings, as required by the Florida Constitution, that the new exemption from public records disclosure is a public necessity.

CS/CS/HB 1267 – Economic Self-sufficiency

Provides requirements for local workforce development boards; requires DOC to develop certain training; authorizes participation in programs or courses for specified number of hours per week; authorizes DOC to suspend work requirements; requires DCF to administer exit survey; provides requirements for voluntary case management services; requires development of intake & exit surveys & survey results to be disseminated quarterly; creates School Readiness Plus Program within DOE; provides requirements for such program.

CS/HB 983 – Public Records

Provides exemption from public records requirements for personal identifying & location information of current clerks of circuit court, deputy clerks of circuit court, & clerk of circuit court personnel & names & personal identifying & location information of spouses & children of such clerks, deputy clerks, & clerk personnel; provides for future legislative review & repeal of exemption; provides for retroactive application; provides statement of public necessity.

CS/HB 103 – Public Records

Provides exemption from public records requirements for personal identifying & location information of current county attorneys, assistant county attorneys, deputy county attorneys, city attorneys, assistant city attorneys, & deputy city attorneys & names & personal identifying & location information of spouses & children of such attorneys; provides for future legislative review & repeal; provides statement of public necessity.

HB 521 – Equitable Distribution of Marital Assets and Liabilities

Requires court to consider certain factors when determining if extraordinary circumstances exist; provides certain actions do not change whether real property is marital property; provides that business interests in closely held business is marital asset; requires court to consider certain factors when determining value of such interest; provides that certain real property is nonmarital asset.

CS/HB 923 –Wills and Estates

Revises provisions related to probate records & Florida Uniform Disposition of Community Property Rights at Death Act.

SB 702 – Attorney Fees and Costs

Defines the term “property rights”; requiring courts to award reasonable attorney fees and costs to a prevailing defendant in certain civil actions under specified circumstances, etc.

CS/SB 984 – Judgement Liens

Authorizes a judgment lien to be acquired on specified personal property and in all payment intangibles and accounts of a judgment debtor whose location is in this state; specifying that the rights of certain judgment creditors to proceed against a judgment debtor’s property are subject to certain provisions; prohibiting security interests and liens on payment intangibles or accounts and the proceeds thereof from taking priority over payment intangibles or accounts by a judgment lien certificate filed before a specified date, etc.

CS/CS/SB 1420 – Department of Commerce

Provides that amendments are deemed withdrawn if the local government fails to transmit the comprehensive plan amendments to the department, in its role as the state land planning agency, within a certain timeframe; revising the maximum length of a loan term under the Local Government Emergency Revolving Bridge Loan Program; requiring the department to establish a direct-support organization; specifying that the organization is a direct-support organization of the department and a corporation not for profit; authorizing the organization to take certain actions regarding administration of property and expenditures, etc.

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