CS for SB 1288                                   First Engrossed
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to emergency management; amending s.
    3         252.34, F.S.; defining the term “activate” for
    4         purposes of part I of ch. 252, F.S.; creating s.
    5         252.359, F.S.; directing the Division of Emergency
    6         Management to create a statewide system to facilitate
    7         the transport and distribution of essentials in
    8         commerce during a declared emergency; defining the
    9         term “essentials”; directing the division to create a
   10         certification system for persons transporting or
   11         distributing essentials in commerce; providing
   12         requirements and conditions for the certification
   13         system; permitting certain activities by certified
   14         persons during a curfew; authorizing a law enforcement
   15         officer to specify a permissible route of ingress or
   16         egress for a certified person; amending ss. 163.360,
   17         474.2125, and 627.659, F.S.; conforming cross
   18         references; providing an effective date.
   20  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   22         Section 1. Present subsections (1) through (9) of section
   23  252.34, Florida Statutes, are renumbered as subsections (2)
   24  through (10), respectively, and a new subsection (1) is added to
   25  that section, to read:
   26         252.34 Definitions.—As used in this part, the term:
   27         (1) “Activate” means the execution and implementation of
   28  the necessary plans and activities required to mitigate, respond
   29  to, or recover from an emergency or disaster pursuant to this
   30  chapter and the state comprehensive emergency management plan.
   31         Section 2. Section 252.359, Florida Statutes, is created to
   32  read:
   33         252.359 Ensuring availability of emergency supplies.—
   34         (1) In order to meet the needs of residents affected during
   35  a declared emergency and to ensure the continuing economic
   36  resilience of communities impacted by disaster, the division
   37  shall establish a statewide system to facilitate the transport
   38  and distribution of essentials in commerce.
   39         (2) As used in this section, the term “essentials” means
   40  goods that are consumed or used as a direct result of a declared
   41  emergency, or that are consumed or used to preserve, protect, or
   42  sustain life, health, safety, or economic well-being.
   43         (3) The division shall develop a system to certify each
   44  person who facilitates the transport or distribution of
   45  essentials in commerce. The division may not certify a person
   46  other than a person who routinely transports or distributes
   47  essentials. In developing the system, the division:
   48         (a) May provide for a preemergency or postemergency
   49  declaration certification.
   50         (b) Shall allow the certification of an employer, if
   51  requested by the employer, to constitute a certification of the
   52  employer’s employees.
   53         (c) Shall create an easily recognizable indicium of
   54  certification to assist local officials’ efforts in determining
   55  which persons have been certified under this subsection.
   56         (d) Shall limit the duration of each certificate to no more
   57  than 1 year. Each certificate may be renewed so long as the
   58  criteria for certification are met.
   59         (4) A person or employer certified under subsection (3) is
   60  not required to obtain any additional certification or fulfill
   61  any additional requirement to transport or distribute
   62  essentials.
   63         (5) Notwithstanding any curfew, a person or employer
   64  certified under subsection (3) may enter or remain in the curfew
   65  area for the limited purpose of facilitating the transport or
   66  distribution of essentials and may provide service that exceeds
   67  otherwise applicable hours of service maximums to the extent
   68  authorized by a duly executed declaration of a state of
   69  emergency.
   70         (6) This section does not prohibit a law enforcement
   71  officer from specifying the permissible route of ingress or
   72  egress for a person certified under subsection (3).
   73         Section 3. Subsection (10) of section 163.360, Florida
   74  Statutes, is amended to read:
   75         163.360 Community redevelopment plans.—
   76         (10) Notwithstanding any other provisions of this part,
   77  when the governing body certifies that an area is in need of
   78  redevelopment or rehabilitation as a result of an emergency
   79  under s. 252.34(4) s. 252.34(3), with respect to which the
   80  Governor has certified the need for emergency assistance under
   81  federal law, that area may be certified as a “blighted area,”
   82  and the governing body may approve a community redevelopment
   83  plan and community redevelopment with respect to such area
   84  without regard to the provisions of this section requiring a
   85  general plan for the county or municipality and a public hearing
   86  on the community redevelopment.
   87         Section 4. Subsection (1) of section 474.2125, Florida
   88  Statutes, is amended to read:
   89         474.2125 Temporary license.—
   90         (1) The board shall adopt rules providing for the issuance
   91  of a temporary license to a licensed veterinarian of another
   92  state for the purpose of enabling her or him to provide
   93  veterinary medical services in this state for the animals of a
   94  specific owner or, as may be needed in an emergency as defined
   95  in s. 252.34(4) s. 252.34(3), for the animals of multiple
   96  owners, provided the applicant would qualify for licensure by
   97  endorsement under s. 474.217. No temporary license shall be
   98  valid for more than 30 days after its issuance, and no license
   99  shall cover more than the treatment of the animals of one owner
  100  except in an emergency as defined in s. 252.34(4) s. 252.34(3).
  101  After the expiration of 30 days, a new license is required.
  102         Section 5. Subsection (4) of section 627.659, Florida
  103  Statutes, is amended to read:
  104         627.659 Blanket health insurance; eligible groups.—Blanket
  105  health insurance is that form of health insurance which covers
  106  special groups of individuals as enumerated in one of the
  107  following subsections:
  108         (4) Under a policy or contract issued in the name of a
  109  volunteer fire department, first aid group, local emergency
  110  management agency as defined in s. 252.34(6) s. 252.34(5), or
  111  other group of first responders as defined in s. 112.1815, which
  112  is deemed the policyholder, covering all or any grouping of the
  113  members or employees of the policyholder or covering all or any
  114  participants in an activity or operation sponsored or supervised
  115  by the policyholder.
  116         Section 6. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.