Florida Senate - 2018 SB 884 By Senator Steube 23-00037-18 2018884__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to public lodging; creating s. 3 509.093, F.S.; providing legislative findings and 4 intent; prohibiting transient lodging establishments 5 from requiring minimum stays of greater than one 6 night; authorizing the Division of Hotels and 7 Restaurants of the Department of Business and 8 Professional Regulation to adopt rules; providing an 9 effective date. 10 11 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 12 13 Section 1. Section 509.093, Florida Statutes, is created to 14 read: 15 509.093 Minimum stay requirements for transient public 16 lodging establishments.— 17 (1) LEGISLATIVE FINDINGS AND INTENT.—Hotel and other public 18 lodging multiple-night, minimum-stay requirements can 19 significantly reduce the available lodging in an area for 20 travelers only requiring overnight accommodations while in 21 transit to other destinations or those travelers only planning 22 to visit or stay in a particular area for one evening. The 23 Legislature finds that such minimum-stay requirements harm 24 tourism in the state overall and make it unnecessarily difficult 25 for travelers to find safe and reasonable accommodations as 26 needed. Given the importance of tourism to this state, it is the 27 intent of the Legislature that travelers to and within this 28 state be able to reasonably locate public lodging to meet their 29 needs, and that such minimum stay requirements should be 30 prohibited. 31 (2) PROHIBITION.—Transient public lodging establishments 32 may not require a minimum stay of greater than one night. 33 (3) RULEMAKING.—The division may adopt rules to implement 34 this section. 35 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2018.