Florida League of Cities

Transportation (Monitor) – Passed 

CS/CS/CS/SB 266 (Hooper), CS/CS/SB 1032 (Gruters), CS/HB 7049 (McFarland) and CS/CS/CS/HB 287 (Esposito) are the legislative priority bills for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). These bills outline various requirements for FDOT and local agencies related to transportation projects. FDOT is mandated to oversee funded projects on behalf of the Federal Highway Administration, update project cost estimates and include contingency amounts. Local agencies must prioritize and budget projects through their respective metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), be certified by FDOT and incorporate specific contractual requirements and contingency amounts for unforeseen conditions. CS/CS/SB 1032 and CS/HB 7049 specifically prohibit the creation of new MPOs, with exceptions for urbanized areas defined by the U.S. Census Bureau.

In CS/HB 7049 only:

•Adds express authority for local governments to impose minimum age requirements, require possession of a government-issued photographic identification and provide training relating to electric bicycles, motorized scooters and micromobility devices.

In CS/CS/CS/HB 287 only, the permit or relocation agreement for utility installation, location or relocation must:

•Include a reasonable utility relocation schedule to expedite the completion of FDOT’s construction or maintenance project.

•Define a reasonable liquidated damage amount for each day the work exceeds the specified time frame.

•Require the utility to be responsible for any damage resulting from the work performed under such permit or relocation agreement. (Branch)

CS/CS/CS/HB 287 passed the House (95-11) and the Senate (38-2) and is awaiting action by the Governor. (Branch)