Florida Senate - 2018                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. CS for SB 740
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              

       The Committee on Appropriations (Grimsley) recommended the
    1         Senate Amendment to Amendment (350294) (with title
    2  amendment)
    4         Between lines 26 and 27
    5  insert:
    6         Section 2. Section 316.565, Florida Statutes, is amended to
    7  read:
    8         316.565 Emergency transportation, agricultural products
    9  perishable food; establishment of weight loads, etc.—
   10         (1) The Governor may declare an emergency to exist when
   11  there is a breakdown in the normal public transportation
   12  facilities necessary in moving agricultural products, as defined
   13  in s. 604.60, perishable food crops grown in the state. The
   14  Department of Transportation is authorized during such emergency
   15  to establish such weight loads for hauling over the highways
   16  from the fields or packinghouses to the nearest available public
   17  transportation facility as circumstances demand. The Department
   18  of Transportation may issue, and any law enforcement officer
   19  authorized to enforce the traffic laws of this state must
   20  accept, electronic verification of permits during such an
   21  emergency. A permit issued pursuant to this section is valid for
   22  up to 60 days; however, the validity of the permit may not
   23  exceed the period of the declared state of emergency or any
   24  extension thereof. The Department of Transportation shall
   25  designate special highway routes, excluding the interstate
   26  highway system, to facilitate the trucking and render any other
   27  assistance needed to expedite moving the agricultural products
   28  perishables.
   29         (2) It is the intent of the Legislature in this chapter to
   30  supersede any existing laws when necessary to protect and save
   31  any agricultural products perishable food crops grown in the
   32  state and give authority for agencies to provide necessary
   33  temporary assistance requested during any such emergency. The
   34  department shall consult with the Department of Agriculture and
   35  Consumer Services and stakeholders in the agricultural industry
   36  in implementing this section.
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   39  And the title is amended as follows:
   40         Delete line 2726
   41  and insert:
   42         structures used in citrus production; amending s.
   43         316.565, F.S.; revising the Governor’s authority, to
   44         include agricultural products instead of only
   45         perishable food, in declaring an emergency relating to
   46         the transport of such products when there is a
   47         breakdown in the normal public transportation
   48         facilities necessary to move such products;
   49         authorizing the Department of Transportation to issue,
   50         and specifying that certain law enforcement officers
   51         must accept, electronic verification of permits during
   52         a declared state of emergency; providing that such
   53         permits are valid for up to a specified period, but no
   54         longer than the duration of the declared state of
   55         emergency or any extension thereof; requiring the
   56         Department of Transportation to consult with the
   57         Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and
   58         stakeholders in the agricultural industry in
   59         implementing emergency transportation assistance for
   60         agricultural products; amending s.