Democracy | Opportunity For All Floridians

 Florida Legislator Score

How often did your lawmaker vote to help Floridians?
We selected bills that help or hurt Floridians in a variety of areas: Economic Opportunity, Democracy, Protecting Florida’s animals and natural environment, and preserving Home Rule. Lawmakers get credit when they vote for a bill that helps Floridians, or against a bill that hurts Floridians.
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Preemption of Local Housing Controls

These bills say that the state government will be in charge of making rules for renting homes and the relationship between landlords and tenants. It means that local governments won’t be able to make their…

7/5/2023

Use of Radioactive Materials in Road Construction

These bills authorize the Department of Transportation (DOT) to conduct test projects using radioactive by-products from the fertilizer industry in road construction. The DOT must also study how to use these materials safely without causing…

07/05/2023

Ending Local Freedoms

These bills would allow any business to sue the local government in opposition to an ordinance, and would require the local government to stop all enforcement of the ordinance while litigation was underway. It would…

07/05/2023

Ending Local Freedoms

These bills would allow any business to sue the local government in opposition to an ordinance, and would require the local government to stop all enforcement of the ordinance while litigation was underway. It would…

07/05/2023

Preemption of Local Housing Controls

These bills say that the state government will be in charge of making rules for renting homes and the relationship between landlords and tenants. It means that local governments won’t be able to make their…

07/05/2023

Use of Radioactive Materials in Road Construction

These bills authorize the Department of Transportation (DOT) to conduct test projects using radioactive by-products from the fertilizer industry in road construction. The DOT must also study how to use these materials safely without causing…

07/05/2023

State Takeover of the Gainesville Municipal Utility

This bill would replace the democratically elected board of the local Gainesville utility, the GRU, with one appointed by the Governor. We have extensively documented the long-running playbook to privatize the GRU, a municipal utility…

06/28/2023

Privatization of Florida Municipal Water Utilities

These bills will allow corporations to use outside consultants to inflate the value of a municipal water utility they are acquiring and then allow the corporations to recover that amount along with investor returns by…

06/27/2023

Privatization of Florida Municipal Water Utilities

These bills will allow corporations to use outside consultants to inflate the value of a municipal water utility they are acquiring and then allow the corporations to recover that amount along with investor returns by…

06/27/2023

Raising interest rates on short term loans

These bills would eliminate Florida’s tiered interest rate structure and replace it with a flat rate of 36%. We oppose this bill because giving predatory lenders more power will lead to more consumers being trapped…

06/26/2023

Raising interest rates on short term loans

These bills would eliminate Florida’s tiered interest rate structure and replace it with a flat rate of 36%. We oppose this bill because giving predatory lenders more power will lead to more consumers being trapped…

06/26/2023

Partisan Elections for School Boards

These bills propose an amendment to the State Constitution to require members of a district school board to be elected in a partisan election, etc….

06/21/2023

Partisan Elections for School Boards

These bills propose an amendment to the State Constitution to require members of district school boards to be elected in partisan elections….

06/21/2023

Real Property Fraud

These bills create a program to prevent fraud by checking people’s identities before recording property deeds. It says that the clerk, who handles the recording of deeds, can ask for a government-issued photo ID card…

06/16/2023

Real Property Fraud

These bills create a program to prevent fraud by checking people’s identities before recording property deeds. It says that the clerk, who handles the recording of deeds, can ask for a government-issued photo ID card…

06/16/2023

Insurer Accountability

This bill implements vital enhancements for the Office of Insurance Regulation, including the procedure for referring criminal violations, and streamlines communication by authorizing electronic responses to consumer complaints. It also refines the requirements for insurer…

06/01/2023

Protect Consumers from Predatory Real Estate Contracts

These bills protect Floridians who have been victimized by a predatory new scheme known as residential loan alternative agreements, which allowed a company to give unsuspecting homeowners a few hundred dollars in order to look…

05/25/2023

Ending Land Development Challenges

These bills financially deter residents from challenging county development plans in court by forcing the losing party to pay the attorney fees of the winning party….

05/25/2023

Restoration of Osborne Reef

These bills require DEP to submit a status report on the Osborne Reef cleanup & tire removal project to Legislature & to develop a reef restoration plan & submit a report on a plan to…

05/25/2023

Consumer Protection

These bills encompass various components aimed at protecting and benefiting the public in different areas.
Public Adjusters: Fair Compensation and Clear Agreements
The bill brings changes for public adjusters, who help with insurance claims. It sets…

05/25/2023

Restoration of Osborne Reef

These bills require the Department of Environmental Protection to submit a status report on the Osborne Reef cleanup and tire removal project to the Legislature by a specified date; require the department to develop a…

05/25/2023

Ending Land Development Challenges

These bills financially deter residents from challenging county development plans in court by forcing the losing party to pay the attorney fees of the winning party….

05/25/2023

Protects Consumers from Predatory Real Estate Contracts

These bills shield Florida homeowners from the exploitative practices of MV Realty, a local company that has been imposing 40-year listing agreements on unsuspecting individuals. These predatory contracts have left homeowners trapped and vulnerable. However,…

05/25/2023

Consumer Protection

These bills encompass various components aimed at protecting and benefiting the public in different areas.
Public Adjusters: Fair Compensation and Clear Agreements
The bill brings changes for public adjusters, who help with insurance claims. It sets…

05/25/2023

Elections

This 98-page election bill made a lot of changes to the statutes, including a controversial change to third-party voter registration organizations’ liability. It also included a change to Florida’s “resign-to-run” law, exempting candidates running for…

05/24/2023

Seagrass Restoration Technology Development Initiative

These bills aim to restore seagrass, an important food source for marine animals like manatees. By reducing the pollution runoff from fertilizers and the sugar cane industry that is causing the decline in seagrass, we…

05/12/2023

Seagrass Restoration

These bills aim to restore seagrass, an important food source for marine animals like manatees. By reducing the pollution runoff from fertilizers and the sugar cane industry that is causing the decline in seagrass, we…

05/12/2023

Union Busting Bill

These bills prohibit certain employee organizations (while controversially carving out favored unions such as police, firefighters and corrections officers), from receiving their members’ dues and assessments via salary deduction from the members’ public employer, which…

05/10/2023

Union Busting Bill

These bills prohibit certain employee organizations (while controversially carving out favored unions such as police, firefighters and corrections officers), from receiving their members’ dues and assessments via salary deduction from the members’ public employer, which…

05/10/2023

Electric Vehicle Infrastructure

These bills call upon the Public Service Commission, Florida’s regulatory authority, to develop rules concerning electric vehicle charging. These rules should be competitively neutral and applicable to certain public utilities. In addition, the Commission must…

05/05/2023

Development in critical areas

These bills restrict county commissioners and municipalities from approving certain affordable housing development within “areas of critical state concern.” In these areas, different rules apply, and the regular provisions for approving projects don’t apply. Additionally,…

05/05/2023

Campaign Finance

These bills prohibit a political committee from transferring funds to another political committee, etc….

05/05/2023

Ending Energy Efficiency Standards

These bills preempt local governments from requiring energy-efficient building materials or retrofit on buildings, from restricting the purchase or use of vehicles based upon the type of energy used, or prohibiting the sale/installation/use of natural…

05/05/2023

Ending Local Water Rights

These bills prohibit local governments from adopting laws and regulations relating to water quality or quantity, pollution control, pollutant discharge prevention, and wetlands management….

05/05/2023

Endangered and Threatened Species

These bills instruct the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to keep endangered or threatened species safe, no matter if they are classified as endangered or threatened by the federal government. Changes the rules for deciding…

05/05/2023

Crackdown on Illicit Massage Businesses

These bills were an attempt to crack down on illicit massage therapy businesses across Florida and give more authority to law enforcement and code enforcement. We don’t normally weigh in on this type of legislation…

05/05/2023

Ending Local Commercial Zoning

These bills would have removed most local historic preservation rules on both the demolition and building regulations of buildings in coastal areas, with some very specific exceptions. This bill started out saying that property owners…

05/05/2023

Cost-of-living Adjustment of Retirement Benefits

These bills specify the minimum amount of the factor used to calculate the cost-of-living adjustment of benefits for certain retirees and beneficiaries of the Florida Retirement System, etc….

05/05/2023

Municipal Utility Oversight

These bills mandate the Florida Public Service Commission oversees municipal utility customer rate cases. Currently, Florida municipal utilities have the authority to set their own rates. Public Service Commission rate cases cost millions of dollars….

05/05/2023

Raises the Public Support Threshold from 60% to 66% for Constitutional Amendments

These bills propose an amendment to the State Constitution that would increase the percentage of elector votes required to approve any amendments or revisions to the Constitution. Currently, it stands at 60 percent, but this…

05/05/2023

State Acquisition of Lands

These bills make it necessary for the Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to share appraisal reports with private landowners or their representatives when negotiating to buy land. It…

05/05/2023

Modernizes Florida’s Unemployment Program

These bills refine the eligibility requirements for Florida reemployment assistance benefits. Importantly, it prohibits the Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) from denying assistance based on pregnancy. It requires the use of an alternative base period…

05/05/2023

Restoration of Voting Rights Information on Sentencing Scoresheets

These bills specify information to be provided on sentencing scoresheets concerning restoration of voting rights, etc….

05/05/2023

H0765: “Building Permit Applications to Local Governments”

Requires local government to post & update information on its website; requires electronic submission of application; authorizes local government to provide notice of expiration within specified timeframe; prohibits local government from issuing permit unless specified…

05/05/2023

Renewable Energy Cost Recovery

These bills will allow Florida utility companies to earn a profit on higher-cost fuel sources, including hydrogen and natural gas. Utilities are not allowed to earn a profit on fuel costs, they are only allowed…

05/05/2023

Reduces the Homestead Property Tax Cap from 3% to 2%

These bills aim to reduce the limitation on annual property tax increases for homesteaded properties from 3% down to 2%. To provide some context, in 1994, the State of Florida implemented the Save Our Homes…

05/05/2023

Ending Local Water Rights Control

These bills prohibit local governments from adopting laws and regulations relating to water quality or quantity, pollution control, pollutant discharge prevention, and wetlands management….

05/05/2023

Campaign Finance

These bills prohibit political committees from transferring funds to another political committee and revise the definition of the term “contribution.”…

05/05/2023

Renewable Energy Cost Recovery

This bill will allow Florida utility companies to earn a profit on higher-cost fuel sources, including hydrogen and natural gas. Utilities are not allowed to earn a profit on fuel costs, they are only allowed…

05/05/2023

Building Permit Applications to Local Governments

This bill introduces changes specifically related to building permits. It requires local governments to post and regularly update information about building permits on their websites. It also mandates that applications for building permits must be…

05/05/2023

Fast tracking Building Permits

These bills dramatically reduces the current time frames for the building permit process, placing pressure on local building departments to fast-track plans….

05/05/2023

Crackdown on Illicit Massage Businesses

These bills were an attempt to crack down on illicit massage therapy businesses across Florida and give more authority to law enforcement and code enforcement. We don’t normally weigh in on this type of legislation…

05/05/2023

Mangrove Replanting and Restoration

These bills require DEP to adopt certain rules for mangrove replanting & restoration….

05/05/2023

Restoration of Voting Rights Information on Sentencing Scoresheets

These bills specify the information to be provided on sentencing scoresheets concerning the restoration of voting rights; require scoresheets to be provided to the defendant before a sentence is imposed….

05/05/2023

State Legislators Can Recall County Officers and Commissioners

These bills allow the Legislature to recall any county officer or commissioner via an amendment to the Florida Constitution….

05/05/2023

Flood Disclosures for Residential and Commercial Property Sales

These bills would require people selling real estate to provide information to buyers about flooding. Under the bill, sellers would be required to disclose information such as whether the property has sustained flood damage; whether…

05/05/2023

Increases Minimum Salary for Full-time Teachers

These bills, named the “Save Our Teachers Act”, aim to increase the minimum base salary of full-time and pre-kindergarten teachers from $47,500 to $65,000. Teachers have waited their turn while Florida corporations receive tax cuts…

05/05/2023

Upgrades to Education Facilities as Emergency Shelters

These bills aim to change the financial guidelines schools must adhere to for infrastructure improvements, which would allow the schools that are used as storm shelters to add solar panels if they choose….

05/05/2023

Cost-of-Living Adjustment of Retirement Benefits

These bills specify the minimum amount of the factor to be used to calculate the cost-of-living adjustment of benefits for certain retirees and beneficiaries of the Florida Retirement System…

05/05/2023

Everglades Protection Area

These bills introduce a more comprehensive approach to planning and review processes for the Everglades Protection Area. The bill mandates state-coordinated review, requires consultation and coordination from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) with relevant…

05/05/2023

State Legislators Can Recall County Officers and Commissioners

These bills allow the Legislature to recall any county officer or commissioner via an amendment to the Florida Constitution….

05/05/2023

Raises the Public Support Threshold from 60% to 66% for Constitutional Amendments

These bills propose an amendment to the State Constitution that would increase the percentage of elector votes required to approve any amendments or revisions to the Constitution. Currently, it stands at 60 percent, but this…

05/05/2023

Contacting Consumer Debtors

These bills prohibit a creditor from contacting a consumer whose debt arose from documented elder and economic abuse or human trafficking. Those who violate that would be subject to the same sanctions as any other…

05/05/2023

Endangered and Threatened Species

These bills Instruct the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to keep endangered or threatened species safe, no matter if they are classified as endangered or threatened by the federal government. Changes the rules for deciding…

05/05/2023

Fast Tracking Building Permits

These bills dramatically reduce the current time frames for the building permit process, placing pressure on local building departments to fast-track plans….

05/05/2023

Flood Disclosures for Real Property Sales

These bills would require people selling real estate to provide information to buyers about flooding. Under the bill, sellers would be required to disclose information such as whether the property has sustained flood damage; whether…

05/05/2023

Increases Minimum Salary for Full-time Teachers

These bills, named the “Save Our Teachers Act”, aim to increase the minimum base salary of full-time and pre-kindergarten teachers from $47,500 to $65,000. Teachers have waited their turn while Florida corporations receive tax cuts…

05/05/2023

Regulation of Single-use Plastic Products

This bill asks the Department of Environmental Protection to provide updated reports to the Legislature about retail bags. These reports will include findings and suggestions. The bill also explains what a “coastal community” means. It…

05/05/2023

Everglades Protection Area

These bills introduce a more comprehensive approach to planning and review processes for the Everglades Protection Area. The bill mandates state-coordinated review, requires consultation and coordination from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) with relevant…

05/05/2023

Upgrades to Education Facilities as Emergency Shelters

These bills change the financial guidelines schools must adhere to for infrastructure improvements, which would allow the schools that are used as storm shelters to add solar panels if they choose….

05/05/2023

Contacting Consumer Debtors

These bills prohibit a creditor from contacting a consumer whose debt arose from documented elder and economic abuse or human trafficking. Those who violate that would be subject to the same sanctions as any other…

05/05/2023

Reduces the Homestead Property Tax Cap from 3% to 2%

These bills aim to reduce the limitation on annual property tax increases for homesteaded properties from 3% down to 2%. To provide some context, in 1994, the State of Florida implemented the Save Our Homes…

05/05/2023

Electric Vehicle Infrastructure

These bills call upon the Public Service Commission, Florida’s regulatory authority, to develop rules concerning electric vehicle charging. These rules should be competitively neutral and applicable to certain public utilities. In addition, the Commission must…

05/05/2023

Modernizes Florida’s Unemployment Program

These bills refine the eligibility requirements for Florida reemployment assistance benefits. Importantly, it prohibits the Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) from denying assistance based on pregnancy. It requires the use of an alternative base period…

05/05/2023

Municipal Utility Oversight

These bills mandate the Florida Public Service Commission oversees municipal utility customer rate cases. Currently, Florida municipal utilities have the authority to set their own rates. Public Service Commission rate cases cost millions of dollars….

05/05/2023

Ending Local Commercial Zoning Regulations

These bills would have removed most local historic preservation rules on both the demolition and building regulations of buildings in coastal areas, with some very specific exceptions. This bill started out saying that property owners…

05/05/2023

Development in critical areas

These bills restrict county commissioners and municipalities from approving certain affordable housing development within “areas of critical state concern.” In these areas, different rules apply, and the regular provisions for approving projects don’t apply. Additionally,…

05/05/2023

State Acquisition of Lands

These bills make it necessary for the Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to share appraisal reports with private landowners or their representatives when negotiating to buy land. It…

05/05/2023

Ending Energy Efficiency Standards

These bills preempt local governments from requiring energy-efficient building materials or retrofits on buildings, from restricting the purchase or use of vehicles based upon the type of energy used, or prohibiting the sale/installation/use of natural…

05/05/2023

Mangrove Replanting and Restoration

These bills require the Department of Environmental Protection to adopt rules for mangrove replanting and restoration; providing requirements for the rules, etc….

05/05/2023

H0439: “Land Use and Development Regulations”

Provides types of relief that may be included in negotiated settlement; requires special magistrate to consider public interest served by comprehensive plan provisions that are inconsistent with proposed relief; provides procedures for deeming relief granted…

05/02/2023

Land Use and Development Regulations

This bill redefines the concept of “sprawl,” recognizing it as simply a form of unplanned development that necessitates the expansion of public amenities and services. Additionally, it aims to enhance population density within agricultural enclaves….

05/02/2023

Reduces Time to Sue For Construction Defects

These bills significantly reduce the time that property owners have to legally address issues with builders regarding defects in their properties. This bill modifies the period within which legal action based on the design, planning,…

04/14/2023

Reduces time to sue for construction defects

These bills significantly reduce the time that property owners have to legally address issues with builders regarding defects in their properties. This bill modifies the period within which legal action based on the design, planning,…

04/14/2023

Housing

These bills take away the power of local governments to make laws that control how much landlords can charge for rent. It also sets rules for counties when they approve new housing projects. The bill…

03/30/2023

Housing

These bills take away the power of local governments to make laws that control how much landlords can charge for rent. It also sets rules for counties when they approve new housing projects. The bill…

03/30/2023

Reduces Consumer Access to Civil Remedies

These bills are all about changing the rules when it comes to insurance cases in Florida. They call it “tort reform,” but what it really does is repeal the “one-way” attorney fee provisions. So what…

03/27/2023

Reduces Consumer Access to Civil Remedies

This bill is all about changing the rules when it comes to insurance cases in Florida. They call it “tort reform,” but what it really does is repeal the “one-way” attorney fee provisions. So what…

03/27/2023

Regulation of Single-use Plastic Products

These bills authorize certain coastal communities to establish pilot programs to regulate single-use plastic products; provide requirements for establishing such pilot programs; require DEP to submit updated retail bag reports to Legislature by specified dates….

03/07/2023