Florida Senate - 2012 SB 1392 By Senator Benacquisto 27-00576B-12 20121392__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to transportation accessibility; 3 providing a short title; providing definitions; 4 requiring certain taxicab operators to provide 5 accessible taxicabs after a certain date; requiring 6 the Department of Transportation to adopt rules; 7 providing for certain airports and deepwater ports to 8 allow for priority rotation of accessible taxicabs 9 after a certain date; amending s. 212.08, F.S.; 10 providing a tax exemption for the sale or lease of 11 accessible vehicles; amending s. 409.905, F.S.; 12 requiring transportation services that provide 13 transportation for Medicaid recipients to certify to 14 the Agency for Health Care Administration that the 15 transportation service uses accessible vehicles; 16 providing an effective date. 17 18 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 19 20 Section 1. (1) This section may be cited as the “Florida 21 Transportation Accessibility Independence Act.” 22 (2) As used in this section, the term: 23 (a) “Accessible taxicab” means a vehicle that is equipped 24 with a lift or ramp designed specifically to transport 25 physically disabled persons or that contains any other device 26 designed to permit access to and enable the transportation of 27 physically disabled persons, including persons who use 28 wheelchairs, motorized wheelchairs, or similar mobility aids; 29 complies with the accessibility requirements of the Americans 30 with Disabilities Act of 1990, 49 C.F.R. ss. 38.23, 38.25, and 31 38.31, as amended, whether or not such regulations would apply 32 under federal law; meets all applicable federal motor vehicle 33 safety standards and regulations adopted thereunder; and 34 provides sufficient floor space to accommodate a service animal. 35 (b) “Fleet owner” means a person that owns, operates, or 36 manages 12 or more taxicabs directly or through subsidiaries or 37 affiliates. 38 (c) “Physically disabled person” means a person with a 39 disability, as defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 40 1990, 49 C.F.R. ss. 37.3, who uses a wheelchair, motorized 41 wheelchair, or other personal mobility aid. 42 (3) By December 31, 2014, each fleet owner shall operate a 43 minimum of one-twelfth of its fleet using accessible taxicabs. 44 (4) The Department of Transportation shall adopt rules to 45 administer this section, including rules relating to procedures 46 and forms for facilitating, monitoring, and verifying compliance 47 with this section. 48 (5) By December 31, 2012, all airports within the Florida 49 airport system, as defined in s. 332.004(9), Florida Statutes, 50 and deepwater ports, as provided in s. 403.021(9)(b), Florida 51 Statutes, which have scheduled commercial passenger service, may 52 allow for priority rotation of accessible taxicabs, along with 53 priority access to passengers seeking accessible taxicab 54 services. 55 Section 2. Paragraph (hhh) is added to subsection (7) of 56 section 212.08, Florida Statutes, to read: 57 212.08 Sales, rental, use, consumption, distribution, and 58 storage tax; specified exemptions.—The sale at retail, the 59 rental, the use, the consumption, the distribution, and the 60 storage to be used or consumed in this state of the following 61 are hereby specifically exempt from the tax imposed by this 62 chapter. 63 (7) MISCELLANEOUS EXEMPTIONS.—Exemptions provided to any 64 entity by this chapter do not inure to any transaction that is 65 otherwise taxable under this chapter when payment is made by a 66 representative or employee of the entity by any means, 67 including, but not limited to, cash, check, or credit card, even 68 when that representative or employee is subsequently reimbursed 69 by the entity. In addition, exemptions provided to any entity by 70 this subsection do not inure to any transaction that is 71 otherwise taxable under this chapter unless the entity has 72 obtained a sales tax exemption certificate from the department 73 or the entity obtains or provides other documentation as 74 required by the department. Eligible purchases or leases made 75 with such a certificate must be in strict compliance with this 76 subsection and departmental rules, and any person who makes an 77 exempt purchase with a certificate that is not in strict 78 compliance with this subsection and the rules is liable for and 79 shall pay the tax. The department may adopt rules to administer 80 this subsection. 81 (hhh) Accessible vehicles.—The sale or lease of accessible 82 vehicles is exempt from the tax imposed by this chapter. As used 83 in this paragraph, the term “accessible vehicle” means a vehicle 84 that is equipped with a lift or ramp designed specifically to 85 transport physically disabled persons or that contains any other 86 device designed to permit access to and enable the 87 transportation of physically disabled persons, including persons 88 who use wheelchairs, motorized wheelchairs, or similar mobility 89 aids; complies with the accessibility requirements of the 90 Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, 49 C.F.R. ss. 38.23, 91 38.25, and 38.31, as amended, whether or not such regulations 92 would apply under federal law; meets all applicable federal 93 motor vehicle safety standards and regulations adopted 94 thereunder; and provides sufficient floor space to accommodate a 95 service animal. If such equipment is installed through an 96 aftermarket conversion of a stock vehicle, only the value of the 97 conversion is exempt from the tax imposed by this chapter. 98 Section 3. Subsection (12) of section 409.905, Florida 99 Statutes, is amended to read: 100 409.905 Mandatory Medicaid services.—The agency may make 101 payments for the following services, which are required of the 102 state by Title XIX of the Social Security Act, furnished by 103 Medicaid providers to recipients who are determined to be 104 eligible on the dates on which the services were provided. Any 105 service under this section shall be provided only when medically 106 necessary and in accordance with state and federal law. 107 Mandatory services rendered by providers in mobile units to 108 Medicaid recipients may be restricted by the agency. Nothing in 109 this section shall be construed to prevent or limit the agency 110 from adjusting fees, reimbursement rates, lengths of stay, 111 number of visits, number of services, or any other adjustments 112 necessary to comply with the availability of moneys and any 113 limitations or directions provided for in the General 114 Appropriations Act or chapter 216. 115 (12) TRANSPORTATION SERVICES.— 116 (a) The agency shall ensure that appropriate transportation 117 services are available for a Medicaid recipient in need of 118 transport to a qualified Medicaid provider for medically 119 necessary and Medicaid-compensable services, provided a client’s 120 ability to choose a specific transportation provider shall be 121 limited to those options resulting from policies established by 122 the agency to meet the fiscal limitations of the General 123 Appropriations Act. The agency may pay for transportation and 124 other related travel expenses as necessary only if these 125 services are not otherwise available. 126 (b) In order to receive payment for transportation 127 services, the transportation provider must certify to the agency 128 that the vehicles used to provide such services comply with the 129 accessibility requirements of the Americans with Disabilities 130 Act of 1990, 49 C.F.R. ss. 38.23, 38.25, and 38.31, as amended, 131 whether or not such regulations would apply under federal law; 132 meet all applicable federal motor vehicle safety standards and 133 regulations adopted thereunder; and provide sufficient floor 134 space to accommodate a service animal. 135 Section 4. This act shall take effect July 1, 2012.