Florida Senate - 2019 SB 694 By Senator Rodriguez 37-01545-19 2019694__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to disposable plastic bags; creating 3 s. 403.70325, F.S.; defining the term “coastal 4 community”; authorizing certain municipalities to 5 establish pilot programs to regulate or ban disposable 6 plastic bags; providing program criteria; providing 7 for the adoption and expiration of a certain required 8 ordinance; directing participating municipalities to 9 collect data and submit reports to the municipal 10 governing bodies and the Department of Environmental 11 Protection; republishing s. 403.7033, F.S., relating 12 to the department’s analysis of the need for new or 13 revised regulation of particular recyclable materials; 14 providing an effective date. 15 16 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 17 18 Section 1. Section 403.70325, Florida Statutes, is created 19 to read: 20 403.70325 Municipal pilot program for regulation or ban of 21 disposable plastic bags.— 22 (1) As used in this section, the term “coastal community” 23 means a municipality that abuts or borders the Gulf of Mexico; 24 the Atlantic Ocean; or a saltwater bay, sound, strait, inlet, 25 lagoon, salt marsh, coastal wetland, or other saltwater body 26 immediately adjacent to the Gulf of Mexico or the Atlantic 27 Ocean. 28 (2) Notwithstanding s. 403.7033, a coastal community with a 29 population of fewer than 100,000 may establish a pilot program 30 to regulate or ban disposable plastic bags. A municipality that 31 establishes a pilot program under this section shall enact an 32 ordinance for the regulation or ban of disposable plastic bags, 33 which must take effect after January 1, 2020, and expire by June 34 30, 2022. The ordinance may not include any new taxes or fees on 35 the use or distribution of disposable plastic bags. 36 (3) A municipality that establishes a pilot program under 37 this section shall: 38 (a) Collect data pertaining to the effect of the disposable 39 plastic bag regulation or ban; 40 (b) By April 1, 2022, submit a report on the effect of the 41 regulation or ban to the governing body of the municipality at a 42 public hearing that is open to public comment; and 43 (c) Provide a copy of the report required under paragraph 44 (b) to the department. 45 Section 2. Section 403.7033, Florida Statutes, is 46 republished to read: 47 403.7033 Departmental analysis of particular recyclable 48 materials.—The Legislature finds that prudent regulation of 49 recyclable materials is crucial to the ongoing welfare of 50 Florida’s ecology and economy. As such, the Department of 51 Environmental Protection shall undertake an analysis of the need 52 for new or different regulation of auxiliary containers, 53 wrappings, or disposable plastic bags used by consumers to carry 54 products from retail establishments. The analysis shall include 55 input from state and local government agencies, stakeholders, 56 private businesses, and citizens, and shall evaluate the 57 efficacy and necessity of both statewide and local regulation of 58 these materials. To ensure consistent and effective 59 implementation, the department shall submit a report with 60 conclusions and recommendations to the Legislature no later than 61 February 1, 2010. Until such time that the Legislature adopts 62 the recommendations of the department, no local government, 63 local governmental agency, or state government agency may enact 64 any rule, regulation, or ordinance regarding use, disposition, 65 sale, prohibition, restriction, or tax of such auxiliary 66 containers, wrappings, or disposable plastic bags. 67 Section 3. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.