Florida Senate - 2020                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 1514
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              

       The Committee on Agriculture (Albritton) recommended the
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete everything after the enacting clause
    4  and insert:
    5         Section 1. Paragraph (c) of subsection (6) of section
    6  193.461, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
    7         193.461 Agricultural lands; classification and assessment;
    8  mandated eradication or quarantine program; natural disasters.—
    9         (6)(c)1. For purposes of the income methodology approach to
   10  assessment of property used for agricultural purposes,
   11  irrigation systems, including pumps and motors, physically
   12  attached to the land shall be considered a part of the average
   13  yields per acre and shall have no separately assessable
   14  contributory value.
   15         2. Litter containment structures located on producing
   16  poultry farms and animal waste nutrient containment structures
   17  located on producing dairy farms shall be assessed by the
   18  methodology described in subparagraph 1.
   19         3. Structures or improvements used in horticultural
   20  production for frost or freeze protection, which are consistent
   21  with the interim measures or best management practices adopted
   22  by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services pursuant
   23  to s. 570.93 or s. 403.067(7)(c), shall be assessed by the
   24  methodology described in subparagraph 1.
   25         4. Screened enclosed structures used in horticultural
   26  production for protection from pests and diseases or to comply
   27  with state or federal eradication or compliance agreements shall
   28  be assessed by the methodology described in subparagraph 1.
   29         5.Any building or structure located on land that is
   30  classified as agricultural and which is used in and in
   31  furtherance of the agricultural purpose of the land, including,
   32  but not limited to, buildings or structures used for production,
   33  packaging, processing, or storage, shall be assessed by the
   34  methodology described in subparagraph 1.
   35         Section 2. Subsection (4) of section 316.520, Florida
   36  Statutes, is amended to read:
   37         316.520 Loads on vehicles.—
   38         (4) The provision of subsection (2) requiring covering and
   39  securing the load with a close-fitting tarpaulin or other
   40  appropriate cover does not apply to vehicles carrying
   41  agricultural products locally from a harvest site or to or from
   42  a farm on roads where the posted speed limit is 65 miles per
   43  hour or less and the distance driven on public roads is less
   44  than 20 miles.
   45         Section 3. Subsection (4) of section 570.441, Florida
   46  Statutes, is amended to read
   47         570.441 Pest Control Trust Fund.—
   48         (4) In addition to the uses authorized under subsection
   49  (2), moneys collected or received by the department under
   50  chapter 482 may be used to carry out the provisions of s.
   51  570.44. This subsection expires June 30, 2024 2020.
   52         Section 4. Subsection (1) of section 590.02, Florida
   53  Statutes, is amended to read
   54         590.02 Florida Forest Service; powers, authority, and
   55  duties; liability; building structures; Withlacoochee Training
   56  Center.—
   57         (1) The Florida Forest Service has the following powers,
   58  authority, and duties to:
   59         (a) Enforce the provisions of this chapter;
   60         (b) Prevent, detect, and suppress wildfires wherever they
   61  may occur on public or private land in this state and do all
   62  things necessary in the exercise of such powers, authority, and
   63  duties;
   64         (c) Provide firefighting crews, who shall be under the
   65  control and direction of the Florida Forest Service and its
   66  designated agents;
   67         (d) Appoint center managers, forest area supervisors,
   68  forestry program administrators, a forest protection bureau
   69  chief, a forest protection assistant bureau chief, a field
   70  operations bureau chief, deputy chiefs of field operations,
   71  district managers, forest operations administrators, senior
   72  forest rangers, investigators, forest rangers, firefighter
   73  rotorcraft pilots, and other employees who may, at the Florida
   74  Forest Service’s discretion, be certified as forestry
   75  firefighters pursuant to s. 633.408(8). Other law
   76  notwithstanding, center managers, district managers, forest
   77  protection assistant bureau chief, and deputy chiefs of field
   78  operations have Selected Exempt Service status in the state
   79  personnel designation;
   80         (e) Develop a training curriculum for wildland forestry
   81  firefighters which must contain a minimum of 40 hours of
   82  structural firefighter training, a minimum of 40 hours of
   83  emergency medical training, the basic volunteer structural fire
   84  training course approved by the Florida State Fire College of
   85  the Division of State Fire Marshal and a minimum of 376 250
   86  hours of wildfire training;
   87         (f) Pay the cost of the initial commercial driver license
   88  examination fee for those employees whose position requires them
   89  to operate equipment requiring a license. This paragraph is
   90  intended to be an authorization to the department to pay such
   91  costs, not an obligation;
   92         (g) Provide fire management services and emergency response
   93  assistance and set and charge reasonable fees for performance of
   94  those services. Moneys collected from such fees shall be
   95  deposited into the Incidental Trust Fund of the Florida Forest
   96  Service;
   97         (h) Require all state, regional, and local government
   98  agencies operating aircraft in the vicinity of an ongoing
   99  wildfire to operate in compliance with the applicable state
  100  Wildfire Aviation Plan;
  101         (i) Authorize broadcast burning, prescribed burning, pile
  102  burning, and land clearing debris burning to carry out the
  103  duties of this chapter and the rules adopted thereunder; and
  104         (j) Make rules to accomplish the purposes of this chapter.
  105         Section 5. Subsection (8) of section 633.408, Florida
  106  Statutes, is amended to read:
  107         633.408 Firefighter and volunteer firefighter training and
  108  certification.—
  109         (8)(a) Pursuant to s. 590.02(1)(e), the division shall
  110  establish a structural fire training program of not less than 40
  111  206 hours. The division shall issue to a person satisfactorily
  112  complying with this training program and who has successfully
  113  passed an examination as prescribed by the division and who has
  114  met the requirements of s. 590.02(1)(e), a Wildland Firefighter
  115  Forestry Certificate of Compliance.
  116         (b) An individual who holds a current and valid Wildland
  117  Firefighter Forestry Certificate of Compliance is entitled to
  118  the same rights, privileges, and benefits provided for by law as
  119  a firefighter.
  120         Section 6. Renewable natural gas study.
  121         (1)The Department of Environmental Protection, in
  122  coordination with the Department of Agriculture and Consumer
  123  Services, the Florida chapter of the National Waste and
  124  Recycling Association, and the Florida Natural Gas Association,
  125  shall develop a study to estimate the potential benefits of
  126  renewable natural gas in this state. The study must consider all
  127  of the following:
  128         (a)The use of renewable natural gas resources to generate
  129  energy and fuel and the benefits for local communities, the
  130  economy, and the environment.
  131         (b)The ability of renewable natural gas to create new
  132  revenue streams for local governments, agricultural producers,
  133  and other producers of waste.
  134         (c)The potential for renewable natural gas to contribute
  135  to energy security by providing the gas grid enhanced diversity
  136  of supply.
  137         (2)The Department of Environmental Protection shall submit
  138  a report of the results of the study to the Governor, the
  139  President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of
  140  Representatives upon completion of such study.
  141         Section 7. This act shall take effect July 1, 2020.
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  144  And the title is amended as follows:
  145         Delete everything before the enacting clause
  146  and insert:
  147                        A bill to be entitled                      
  148         An act relating to the Department of Agriculture and
  149         Consumer Services; amending s. 193.461, F.S.;
  150         specifying a methodology for the assessment of certain
  151         buildings and structures located on agricultural
  152         lands; amending s. 316.520, F.S.; revising application
  153         of agricultural load securing requirements; amending
  154         s. 570.441, F.S.; extending the scheduled expiration
  155         for the Department of Agriculture and Consumer
  156         Services’ use of funds from the Pest Control Trust
  157         Fund for certain duties of the department; amending s.
  158         590.02, F.S.; directing the Florida Forest Service to
  159         develop a training curriculum for wildland
  160         firefighters; providing requirements for such
  161         training; amending s. 633.408, F.S.; providing
  162         wildland firefighter training and certification for
  163         certain firefighters and volunteer firefighters;
  164         providing legislative findings; requiring the
  165         Department of Environmental Protection, in
  166         coordination with the Department of Agriculture and
  167         Consumer Services and other entities, to develop a
  168         study to estimate the benefits of renewable natural
  169         gas in this state; requiring a report to the Governor
  170         and the Legislature; providing an effective date.