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  The 2021 Florida Legislative Session will begin on March 2nd.

The session will run for 60-days, and is scheduled to end on April 30th.     In the meantime, legislative committees started meeting this week. There are four such weeks of meetings scheduled between now and the start of session (Jan. 11th-15th, Jan. 25th-29th, Feb. 1st-5th, and Feb. 15th-19th).

When legislators are not participating in committee meetings, they will be at home in their districts.  

As you probably anticipated, much of this session will focus on the budget shortfall (estimated at roughly $3 billion) and COVID-19 (particularly the potential liability of businesses).

Despite these big issues, the environment will still play an important role. Incoming leadership has expressed an interest in dealing with sea level rise, and we already know of some coastal and environmental bills that are being filed (some good, some bad, more on that below!).  

2021 Surfrider Legislative Priorities

We are in the process of finding and finalizing bill sponsors, but I can share at least a few pieces of legislation that we will be working on this session.

👍✅SUPPORT: Preemption of Recyclable and Polystyrene Materials (HB 6027/SB 594)- Sponsored by Rep. Grieco and Sen. Stewart, this good bill would restore the ability of local governments to regulate single-use plastic bags and polystyrene foam foodware.

👍✅SUPPORT: Regulation of Smoking in Public Places (SB 334) Sponsored by Sen. Gruters, this good bill would allow local governments to regulate smoking on their beaches.

👎❌OPPOSE: State Preemption of Seaport Regulations (SB 426)– Sponsored by Sen. Boyd, this bad bill would overturn Key West’s recent ballot initiatives that protect human and ecological health by restricting certain cruise ships.

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