Florida Senate - 2018              PROPOSED COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE
       Bill No. SB 1012
       Proposed Committee Substitute by the Committee on Appropriations
       (Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and
       Economic Development)
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to tolls; amending s. 338.155, F.S.;
    3         updating terms; exempting a law enforcement officer
    4         from paying a toll on a toll facility while on
    5         official law enforcement business; defining the term
    6         “official law enforcement business”; making technical
    7         changes; amending s. 338.26, F.S.; requiring fees
    8         generated from tolls to be used to reimburse, by
    9         interlocal agreement effective for a specified period
   10         of time, a county or another local governmental entity
   11         for the direct actual costs of operating a specified
   12         fire station, which may be used by a county or another
   13         local governmental entity to provide fire, rescue, and
   14         emergency management services to the public on
   15         Alligator Alley; deleting obsolete language; providing
   16         an effective date.
   18  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   20         Section 1. Subsections (1) and (3) of section 338.155,
   21  Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
   22         338.155 Payment of toll on toll facilities required;
   23  exemptions.—
   24         (1)(a) A person may not use a any toll facility without
   25  payment of tolls, except:
   26         1.An employee Employees of the agency operating the toll
   27  project when using the toll facility on official state
   28  business.,
   29         2. State military personnel while on official military
   30  business.,
   31         3.A person with a disability Handicapped persons as
   32  provided in subsection (3). this section,
   33         4.A person Persons exempt from toll payment by the
   34  authorizing resolution for bonds issued to finance the
   35  facility., and
   36         5.A person Persons exempt on a temporary basis where use
   37  of such toll facility is required as a detour route.
   38         6.A Any law enforcement officer while operating a marked
   39  official vehicle is exempt from toll payment when on official
   40  law enforcement business. For purposes of this subparagraph, the
   41  term “official law enforcement business” includes, but is not
   42  limited to, patrol operations, investigative activities, crime
   43  prevention operations, and traffic operations.
   44         7.A Any person operating a fire vehicle while when on
   45  official business or a rescue vehicle while when on official
   46  business is exempt from toll payment.
   47         8.A Any person participating in the funeral procession of
   48  a law enforcement officer or firefighter killed in the line of
   49  duty is exempt from toll payment.
   50         (b) The secretary or the secretary’s designee may suspend
   51  the payment of tolls on a toll facility when necessary to assist
   52  in emergency evacuation.
   53         (c) The failure to pay a prescribed toll constitutes a
   54  noncriminal traffic infraction, punishable as a moving violation
   55  as provided in s. 318.18. The department may adopt rules
   56  relating to the payment, collection, and enforcement of tolls,
   57  as authorized in this chapter and chapters 316, 318, 320, and
   58  322, including, but not limited to, rules for the implementation
   59  of video or other image billing and variable pricing.
   60         (d) With respect to toll facilities managed by the
   61  department, the revenues of which are not pledged to repayment
   62  of bonds, the department may by rule allow the use of such
   63  facilities by public transit vehicles or by vehicles
   64  participating in a funeral procession for an active-duty
   65  military service member without the payment of tolls.
   66         (3) A Any handicapped person with a disability who has a
   67  valid driver license, who operates a vehicle specially equipped
   68  for use by persons with disabilities the handicapped, and who is
   69  certified by a physician licensed under chapter 458 or chapter
   70  459 or by comparable licensing in another state or by the
   71  Adjudication Office of the United States Department of Veterans
   72  Affairs or its predecessor as being severely physically disabled
   73  and having permanent upper limb mobility or dexterity
   74  impairments that which substantially impair the person’s ability
   75  to deposit coins in toll baskets, shall be allowed to pass free
   76  through all tollgates and over all toll bridges and ferries in
   77  this state. Such A person who meets the requirements of this
   78  subsection shall, upon application, be issued a vehicle window
   79  sticker by the Department of Transportation.
   80         Section 2. Paragraph (a) of subsection (3) of section
   81  338.26, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
   82         338.26 Alligator Alley toll road.—
   83         (3)(a) Fees generated from tolls shall be deposited in the
   84  State Transportation Trust Fund and shall be used:
   85         1. To reimburse outstanding contractual obligations;
   86         2. To operate and maintain the highway and toll facilities,
   87  including reconstruction and restoration;
   88         3. To pay for those projects that are funded with Alligator
   89  Alley toll revenues and that are contained in the 1993-1994
   90  adopted work program or the 1994-1995 tentative work program
   91  submitted to the Legislature on February 22, 1994; and
   92         4. By interlocal agreement effective July 1, 2014, through
   93  no later than June 30, 2021, to reimburse a county or another
   94  local governmental entity for the direct actual costs of
   95  operating the To design and construct a fire station at mile
   96  marker 63 on Alligator Alley, which may be used by a county or
   97  another local governmental entity to provide fire, rescue, and
   98  emergency management services to the public on Alligator Alley;
   99  and
  100         5. By interlocal agreement effective July 1, 2014, through
  101  no later than June 30, 2018, to reimburse a county or another
  102  local governmental entity for the direct actual costs of
  103  operating such fire station.
  104         Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2018.