Florida Senate - 2023                       CS for CS for SB 284
       By the Committees on Finance and Tax; and Governmental Oversight
       and Accountability; and Senator Brodeur
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    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to energy; amending s. 286.29, F.S.;
    3         revising the selection criteria for purchasing or
    4         leasing vehicles for state agencies, state
    5         universities, community colleges, and local
    6         governments under a state purchasing plan; specifying
    7         that, if available, a state agency must use certain
    8         fuels in vehicles with internal combustion engines;
    9         requiring the Department of Management Services,
   10         before a specified date, to make recommendations to
   11         state agencies, state universities, community
   12         colleges, and local governments relating to the
   13         procurement and integration of electric and natural
   14         gas fuel vehicles and other vehicles powered by
   15         renewable energy; amending s. 553.791, F.S.; revising
   16         the definition of the term “single-trade inspection”;
   17         providing an effective date.
   19  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   21         Section 1. Subsections (4) and (5) of section 286.29,
   22  Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
   23         286.29 Climate-friendly public business.—The Legislature
   24  recognizes the importance of leadership by state government in
   25  the area of energy efficiency and in reducing the greenhouse gas
   26  emissions of state government operations. The following shall
   27  pertain to all state agencies when conducting public business:
   28         (4) When procuring new vehicles, all state agencies, state
   29  universities, community colleges, and local governments that
   30  purchase vehicles under a state purchasing plan shall first
   31  define the intended purpose for the vehicle and determine which
   32  of the following use classes for which the vehicle is being
   33  procured:
   34         (a) State business travel, designated operator;
   35         (b) State business travel, pool operators;
   36         (c) Construction, agricultural, or maintenance work;
   37         (d) Conveyance of passengers;
   38         (e) Conveyance of building or maintenance materials and
   39  supplies;
   40         (f) Off-road vehicle, motorcycle, or all-terrain vehicle;
   41         (g) Emergency response; or
   42         (h) Other.
   44  Vehicles described in paragraphs (a) through (h), when being
   45  processed for purchase or leasing agreements, must be selected
   46  based on the lowest lifetime ownership costs, including costs
   47  for operations, maintenance, and fuel when fuel economy data is
   48  available, for the greatest fuel efficiency available for a
   49  given use class when fuel economy data are available. Exceptions
   50  may be made for individual vehicles in paragraph (g) when
   51  accompanied, during the procurement process, by documentation
   52  indicating that the operator or operators will exclusively be
   53  emergency first responders or have special documented need for
   54  exceptional vehicle performance characteristics. Any request for
   55  an exception must be approved by the purchasing agency head and
   56  any exceptional performance characteristics denoted as a part of
   57  the procurement process prior to purchase.
   58         (5) When a state agency purchases a vehicle with an
   59  internal combustion engine, it must All state agencies shall use
   60  ethanol and biodiesel blended and natural gas fuels when
   61  available. State agencies administering central fueling
   62  operations for state-owned vehicles with an internal combustion
   63  engine shall procure biofuels for fleet needs to the greatest
   64  extent practicable.
   65         Section 2. Before July 1, 2024, the Department of
   66  Management Services shall make recommendations to state
   67  agencies, state universities, community colleges, and local
   68  governments regarding the procurement of electric and natural
   69  gas fuel vehicles and other vehicles powered by renewable energy
   70  as defined in s. 366.91(2), Florida Statutes, and best practices
   71  for integrating such vehicles into existing fleets.
   72         Section 3. Paragraph (p) of subsection (1) of section
   73  553.791, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
   74         553.791 Alternative plans review and inspection.—
   75         (1) As used in this section, the term:
   76         (p) “Single-trade inspection” means any inspection focused
   77  on a single construction trade, such as plumbing, mechanical, or
   78  electrical. The term includes, but is not limited to,
   79  inspections of door or window replacements; fences and block
   80  walls more than 6 feet high from the top of the wall to the
   81  bottom of the footing; stucco or plastering; reroofing with no
   82  structural alteration; HVAC replacements; installation of
   83  electric vehicle charging stations; solar energy and energy
   84  storage installations or alterations; ductwork or fan
   85  replacements; alteration or installation of wiring, lighting,
   86  and service panels; water heater changeouts; sink replacements;
   87  and repiping.
   88         Section 4. This act shall take effect July 1, 2023.