Florida Senate - 2021 SB 1128 By Senator Hutson 7-00593A-21 20211128__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to preemption on restriction of 3 utility services; creating s. 366.032, F.S.; defining 4 the term “utility service provider”; prohibiting 5 municipalities, counties, special districts, or other 6 political subdivisions from enacting or enforcing 7 provisions or taking actions that restrict or prohibit 8 property owners, tenants, or utility service customers 9 from choosing their utility service from a utility 10 service provider that serves the property, 11 irrespective of the fuel source; retaining the right 12 of municipalities to levy taxes on public services and 13 to receive revenue from public utilities; providing 14 for preemption; providing for retroactive application; 15 providing an effective date. 16 17 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 18 19 Section 1. Section 366.032, Florida Statutes, is created to 20 read: 21 366.032 Preemption on utility service restrictions and 22 prohibitions; retroactive applicability.— 23 (1) As used in this section, the term “utility service 24 provider” means any person, corporation, partnership, 25 association, or political subdivision, whether private, 26 municipal, county, special district, or cooperative, which is 27 engaged in the sale or supply of electricity or gas to or for 28 the public within this state. 29 (2) A municipality, county, special district, or any other 30 political subdivision of the state may not enact or enforce a 31 resolution, ordinance, rule, code, or policy or take any action 32 that restricts or prohibits or has the effect of restricting or 33 prohibiting a property owner, tenant, or utility service 34 customer from choosing his or her utility service, whether 35 electric, manufactured gas, liquefied petroleum gas, natural 36 gas, hydrogen, fuel oil, a renewable source, or any other 37 source, from a utility service provider that serves the affected 38 property. However, this section does not restrict a 39 municipality’s right and power to levy taxes on public services 40 under s. 166.231 or affect the right of any municipality to 41 receive revenue from any public utility. 42 (3) Any municipality, county, special district, or 43 political subdivision charter, resolution, ordinance, rule, 44 code, policy, or action that is preempted by this act and that 45 existed before, on, or after the effective date of this act is 46 void. 47 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2021.