Florida Senate - 2016                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 608
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                  Comm: RCS            .                                
                  01/11/2016           .                                

       The Committee on Finance and Tax (Flores) recommended the
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete lines 27 - 111
    4  and insert:
    5  not be collected during the period from 12:01 a.m. on May 31,
    6  2016, through 11:59 p.m. on June 14, 2016, on the sale of:
    7         (a) A portable self-powered light source selling for $20 or
    8  less.
    9         (b) A portable self-powered radio, two-way radio, or
   10  weather band radio selling for $75 or less.
   11         (c) A tarpaulin or other flexible waterproof sheeting
   12  selling for $50 or less.
   13         (d) An item typically sold or advertised as a ground anchor
   14  system or tie-down kit selling for $50 or less.
   15         (e) A gas or diesel fuel tank selling for $25 or less.
   16         (f) A package of AAA-cell, AA-cell, C-cell, D-cell,6-volt,
   17  or 9-volt batteries, excluding automobile and boat batteries,
   18  selling for $30 or less.
   19         (g) A cellular telephone battery selling for $60 or less.
   20         (h) A cellular telephone charger selling for $40 or less.
   21         (i) A nonelectric food storage cooler selling for $30 or
   22  less.
   23         (j) A portable generator that is used to provide light,
   24  support communications, or preserve food during a power outage
   25  and selling for $1,000 or less.
   26         (k) A storm shutter device selling for $200 or less. As
   27  used in this paragraph, the term “storm shutter device” means a
   28  material or product manufactured, rated, and marketed
   29  specifically for the purpose of preventing window damage from
   30  storms.
   31         (l) A carbon monoxide detector selling for $75 or less.
   32         (m) Reusable ice selling for $10 or less.
   33         (n) A single product consisting of two or more of the items
   34  listed in paragraphs (a)-(m) and selling for $75 or less.
   35         (o) A personal locator beacon selling for $600 or less.
   36         (p) An emergency position-indicating radio beacon selling
   37  for $1,500 or less.
   38         (2) The tax exemptions provided in this section do not
   39  apply to sales within a public lodging establishment as defined
   40  in s. 509.013(4), Florida Statutes, within a theme park or
   41  entertainment complex as defined in s. 509.013(9), Florida
   42  Statutes, or within an airport as defined in s. 330.27(2),
   43  Florida Statutes.
   44         (3) The Department of Revenue is authorized, and all
   45  conditions are deemed met, to adopt emergency rules pursuant to
   46  ss. 120.536(1) and 120.54, Florida Statutes, to implement this
   47  section.
   48         (4) This section expires September 30, 2016.
   49         Section 2. For the 2015-2016 fiscal year, the sum of
   50  $212,754 in nonrecurring funds is appropriated from the General
   51  Revenue Fund to the Department of Revenue for the purpose of
   52  administering the tax exemptions for the purchase of tangible
   53  personal property relating to disaster preparedness specified
   54  under this act.
   55         Section 3. Section 252.359, Florida Statutes, is created to
   56  read:
   57         252.359 Ensuring availability of emergency supplies.—
   58         (1) In order to meet the needs of residents affected by a
   59  declared emergency and to ensure the continuing economic
   60  resilience of communities impacted by disaster, the Division of
   61  Emergency Management shall establish a statewide system to
   62  facilitate transport and distribution of essentials throughout
   63  the state.
   64         (2) As used in this section, the term “essentials” means
   65  any goods that are consumed or used as a direct result of an
   66  emergency or that are consumed or used to preserve, protect, or
   67  sustain life, health, safety, or economic well-being.
   68         (3) The division shall develop a system to certify a person
   69  who transports essentials in commerce or assists in ensuring the
   70  availability of essentials, subject to the following:
   71         (a) The system must allow for both preemergency declaration
   72  and postemergency declaration certification and may include an
   73  annually renewable precertification.
   74         (b) The division may certify only a person who routinely
   75  transports or distributes essentials.
   76         (c) If requested by the employer, a certification of the
   77  employer constitutes a certification of the employer’s
   78  employees.
   79         (d) The division shall create an easily recognizable
   80  indicium of certification to assist local officials’ efforts to
   81  determine which persons have been certified under this
   82  subsection.
   83         (e) A person certified by the division is not required to
   84  obtain any additional certification or fulfill any additional
   85  requirement in order to transport or distribute essentials.
   86         (4) Notwithstanding any curfew, a person certified under
   87  subsection (3) may enter or remain in the curfew area for the
   88  limited purpose of distributing or assisting in the distribution
   89  of essentials and may provide service that exceeds
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   92  And the title is amended as follows:
   93         Delete lines 7 - 16
   94  and insert:
   95         adopt emergency rules to implement the exemption;
   96         providing an expiration date; providing an
   97         appropriation; creating s. 252.359, F.S.; requiring
   98         the Division of Emergency Management to create a
   99         statewide system to facilitate transport and
  100         distribution of essentials in an emergency throughout
  101         the state; defining the term “essentials”; requiring
  102         the division to develop a certification system for
  103         certain persons who transport or assist in the
  104         distribution of essentials; providing requirements and
  105         conditions for