Florida Senate - 2017                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 1726
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                  Comm: RCS            .                                
                  04/04/2017           .                                

       The Committee on Agriculture (Steube) recommended the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete lines 73 - 124
    4  and insert:
    5  who invest in such projects.
    6         (5) The universities’ respective research offices shall
    7  oversee the pilot projects and ensure compliance with department
    8  rule. The offices must identify a contact person who is
    9  responsible for oversight of the pilot project. Each university
   10  research office shall adopt procedures and guidelines to ensure
   11  the proper operation of the pilot project, the proper handling
   12  of hemp material and products, compliance with state and federal
   13  law, and the safety and security of the pilot project
   14  facilities. At a minimum, the guidelines must meet all of the
   15  following requirements:
   16         (a) Designate the physical location, Global Positioning
   17  System position, and map of the pilot project facility. Areas
   18  within the facility must be designated as general access or
   19  limited access. An area where hemp material is cultivated,
   20  processed, stored, or packaged or where industrial hemp research
   21  is conducted must be designated as limited access. Limited
   22  access areas must be restricted to entry by qualified program
   23  personnel and authorized visitors accompanied at all times by
   24  qualified program personnel. All other areas of the facility may
   25  be designated as general access and are open to authorized
   26  visitors, regardless of whether accompanied by qualified program
   27  personnel.
   28         (b) Identify the qualified program personnel involved in
   29  the pilot projects. The personnel must have successfully
   30  completed a level 2 screening pursuant to s. 435.04. Owners and
   31  employees of companies directly involved in the pilot projects
   32  must comply with this requirement.
   33         (c) Authorize the qualified program personnel to handle,
   34  grow, cultivate, process, and manufacture hemp materials.
   35         (d) Establish minimum security standards for the handling
   36  of industrial hemp, including:
   37         1. Processing and disposal requirements for any waste that
   38  contains hemp material.
   39         2. Storage, testing, research, and transportation
   40  requirements for hemp material.
   41         3. Packaging, labeling, and tracking requirements for hemp
   42  material.
   43         (e) Establish a testing program and protocols to ensure the
   44  proper labeling of hemp material.
   45         (f) Establish guidelines for attracting successful,
   46  entrepreneurial, and experienced public and private investors
   47  and partners who are interested in pursuing an industrial hemp
   48  pilot project with either university.
   49         (6) Each university that implements an industrial hemp
   50  pilot project shall submit a report to the Governor, the
   51  President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of
   52  Representatives on the status of its pilot project and any
   53  research related to the cultivation, harvesting, processing, and
   54  uses of industrial hemp. The report must be prepared and
   55  submitted within 2 years after the pilot project’s creation.
   56         (7) A project implemented under this section may not be
   57  funded with public funds.
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   60  And the title is amended as follows:
   61         Delete lines 14 - 19
   62  and insert:
   63         with certain entities; requiring the universities to
   64         establish guidelines for the approval, oversight, and
   65         enforcement of pilot project rules; requiring a report
   66         to the Governor and the Legislature; prohibiting
   67         projects from being funded with public funds;
   68         providing an