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HB 0231 – Transportation    

Revises provisions relating to the rights & safety of vulnerable users of public rights-of-way; prohibits assault of bicycle riders; revises provisions for careless driving; provides penalties for specified infractions contributing to bodily injury of vulnerable users; requires traffic law & substance abuse education courses to include certain instruction; requires driver license examinations to include test of applicant’s knowledge of certain traffic laws; requires driver education courses offered by school district to include certain information.

Sponsors: Representative Kathleen Passidomo, Representative Heather Fitzenhagen, Representative Dennis Baxley, Representative Kristin Jacobs, Representative Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda

Media Coverage:

Making a case for middle of the road safety for cyclists
Tampa Bay Times
March 18, 2015
Bob Griendling

Proposed law aims to clarify driver responsibilities
First Coast News
March 11, 2015
Jessica Clark

Cyclists deserve to be protected, safe
The News-Press
March 07, 2015
Staff

Local interests to get statewide audience in coming legislative session
Naples Daily News
March 02, 2015
Matt Dixon and Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster

Last Actions:

  • March 03, 2015: 1st reading
  • March 09, 2015: Added to Highway & Waterway Safety Subcommittee Agenda
  • March 11, 2015: Favorable wish CS by Highway & Waterway Safety Subcommittee
  • March 13, 2015: Referred to Criminal Justice Subcommittee, Transportation & Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee, Economic Affairs Committee. Now in Criminal Justice Subcommittee
  • March 20, 2015: Added to Criminal Justice Subcommittee agenda
  • March 24, 2015: Favorable with CS by Criminal Justice Subcommittee
  • March 27, 2015: Referred to Transportation & Economic Development Appropriations SubCommittee
  • March 27, 2015: Referred to Economic Affairs Committee
  • April 02, 2015: Added to Transportation & Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee agenda
  • April 17, 2015: Added to Second Reading Calendar
  • April 24, 2015: Added to the Special Order Calendar
  • April 27, 2015: Substituted CS/CS/SB 908
  • April 27, 2015: Laid on Table, refer to CS/CS/SB 908

SB 0908: Transportation  

Revising provisions relating to the passing of a vehicle; prohibiting passing and turning in front of a vulnerable user in an unsafe manner; prohibiting harassing, taunting, or throwing an object at a person riding a bicycle; providing criminal penalties; requiring traffic law and substance abuse education courses to include instruction on traffic laws relating to rights and safety of vulnerable users, etc.

Sponsors: Senator Thad Altman

Media Coverage:

Capital Buzz: 5 things to watch today in Tallahassee
Tampa Bay Times
March 28, 2015
Michael Van Sickler

5 things to watch Tuesday at the Florida Legislature
Bradenton Herald
March 24, 2015
Staff

Cyclists deserve to be protected, safe
The News-Press
March 07, 2015
Staff

Bill would aim to protect bicyclists, pedestrians
Pensacola Today
February 14, 2015
Shannon Nickinson

Last Actions:

  • February 26, 2015: Referred to Transportation; Criminal Justice; Fiscal Policy – SJ 94
  • March 03, 2015: Introduced – SJ 94
  • March 23, 2015: On Transportation Committee agenda
  • March 31, 2015: CS by Transportation read 1st time
  • April 2, 2015: On Committee agenda – Criminal Justice
  • April 15, 2015: Senate Placed on Calendar, on 2nd reading
  • April 20, 2015: Placed on Special Order Calendar
  • April 23, 2015:  Read second time; Placed for third reading
  • April 24, 2015: Read third time; CS passed; YEAS 38 NAYS 0 -SJ 619; Read first time in House Chamber; Placed on Special Order Calendar
  • April 27, 2015: Read for second time in House Chamber, Amendment adopted; Placed for third reading

SB 1376: Traffic Offenses  

Traffic Offenses; Providing criminal penalties for a person who commits a moving violation that causes serious bodily injury to, or causes the death of, a vulnerable road user; requiring that the person pay a specified fine, serve a minimum period of house arrest, and attend a driver improvement course, etc.

Sponsors: Senator Greg Evers

Last Actions:

  • March 02, 2015: Referred to Criminal Justice; Transportation; Appropriations – SJ 130
  • March 03, 2015: Introduced – SJ 130
  • March 25, 2015: On Committee agenda – Criminal Justice
  • March 30, 2015: Favorable by Criminal Justice
  • March 31, 2015: Now in Transportation

 

SB 1554: Transportation 

Transportation; Deleting the requirement that the Secretary of Transportation appoint an inspector general pursuant to s. 20.055, F.S.; increasing the minimum amount that shall be made available annually from the State Transportation Fund to fund the Florida Seaport Transportation and Economic Development Program; providing that provisions prohibiting a driver from following certain vehicles within a certain distance do not apply to truck tractor-semitrailer combinations under certain conditions; authorizing certain counties to form the Northwest Florida Regional Transportation Finance Authority to construct, maintain, or operate transportation projects in a given region of the state, etc.

Sponsors: Senator Jeff Brandes

Last Action:

  • March 03, 2015: Referred to Transportation; Appropriations Subcommittee on transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development;Appropriations – SJ 144
  • March 16, 2015: On Committee agenda — Transportation
  • March 19, 2015: CS by Transportation
  • March 23, 2015: Now in Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development – Not considered
  • April 3, 2015: On Committee agenda — Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development
  • April 16, 2015: On Senate Committee Agenda — Appropriations, 04/21/15, 10 a.m., 412 Knott Building – not considered
  • April 22, 2015: On Senate Committee Agenda — Appropriations, 04/22/15, 8 a.m., 412 Knott Building – not considered
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