Florida League of Cities

Department of Commerce (Monitor) – Passed

CS/CS/HB 1419 (Tuck) and CS/CS/SB 1420 (Burgess) are comprehensive bills that amend requirements for comprehensive plan amendments and revise the roles of the Florida Department of Commerce (formerly Department of Economic Opportunity). The bills mandate that local governments hold a second public hearing to decide whether to adopt comprehensive plan amendments within 180 days after receiving agency comments. Failure to hold this hearing and adopt the amendments within this timeframe will result in the amendments being deemed withdrawn, unless an extension is agreed upon with the state land planning agency and any affected person who provided comments. The bills require local governments to transmit all adopted amendments, along with supporting data and analysis, to the state land planning agency and any other agency or local government that provided timely comments within 10 working days after the final adoption hearing. If the local government does not meet this 10-working-day deadline, the amendments will be deemed withdrawn. Both bills have been amended to extend the repayment period of the Local Government Emergency Revolving Bridge Loan Program, and any existing loans executed before February 1, 2024, from 5 to 10 years. CS/CS/SB 1420 was amended on the Senate floor to include a provision prohibiting citizen-led county charter amendments not in effect by January 1, 2024, from preempting any city development order, land development regulation, a comprehensive plan or voluntary annexation. CS/CS/SB 1420 passed the Senate (38-1) and the House (104-9) and is awaiting action by the Governor. (Cruz)