Social Justice

2022 Florida Legislative
Session on Social Justice

Title
Bill#
Description
Sponsor

Legalization of Recreational Marijuana

Renaming the Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco within the Department of Business and Professional Regulation as the Division of Alcoholic Beverages, Marijuana, and Tobacco, etc.

Sen. Bobby Powell (D)

Conditions of Pretrial Release

Providing an exception to warrantless arrest; requiring an officer to issue a notice to appear rather than make a custodial arrest in certain circumstances, etc.

Sen. Darryl Rouson (D)

Batterers’ Intervention Programs

Requiring the Department of Children and Families to certify and monitor specified batterers’ intervention programs; requiring programs to have certain safety measures in place, etc.

Sen. Randolph Bracy

Certified Domestic Violence Service Providers

Defining the term “domestic violence service provider”; requiring the Department of Children and Families to certify domestic violence service providers; authorizing the department, under certain circumstances, to deny, suspend, or revoke certification of a service provider, etc.

Sens. Randolph Bracy (D) and Linda Stewart (D)

Victims of Crimes

Requiring law enforcement personnel to ensure that victims are given information about their right to employ private counsel; encouraging The Florida Bar to develop a registry of attorneys willing to serve as crime victim advocates on a pro bono basis, etc.

Sens. Danny Burgess (R), Lauren Book (D) and Keith Perry (R)

Availability of Marijuana for Adult Use

Revising the sales tax exemption for the sale of marijuana and marijuana delivery devices to apply only to purchases by qualified patients and caregivers; revising provisions related to the licensure and functions of medical marijuana treatment centers (MMTCs), etc.

Sen. Jeff Brandes (R)

Criminal Convictions

Revising the principles embodied by the Criminal Punishment Code as it relates to punishment and rehabilitation; authorizing the Department of Corrections to grant deductions from sentences in the form of good behavior time, rehabilitation credits, etc.

Sens. Keith Perry (R) and Lori Berman (D)

Criminal Justice

Deleting provisions relating to allowing specified elected officials to file an appeal to the Administration Commission if the governing body of a municipality makes a specified reduction to the operating budget of the municipal law enforcement agency, etc.

Sen. Shevrin Jones (D)

Elimination of Court-related Financial Obligations for Juveniles

Citing this act as the “Debt-Free Justice for Children Act”; deleting certain children and young adults, and the parents or guardians of such children and young adults, from numerous provisions relating to fees, costs, and financial obligations, etc.

Sen. Lauren Book (D)

Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

Providing that the use of peer specialists is an essential element of a coordinated system of care in recovery from a substance use disorder or mental illness; revising background screening requirements for certain peer specialists, etc.

Sen. Darryl Rouson (D)

Inmate Confinement

Prohibiting the use of solitary confinement; prohibiting the use of restrictive confinement for noncompliance, punishment, or harassment or in retaliation for an inmate’s conduct, etc.

Sen. Gary M. Farmer, Jr. (D)

Availability of Marijuana for Adult Use

Revises provisions related to licensure & functions of medical marijuana treatment centers; authorizes person 21 years of age or older to possess & deliver marijuana products in specified amount; requires sentence review for individuals serving certain sentences for specified crimes.

Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith (D)

Certified Domestic Violence Service Providers

Requires DCF to certify domestic violence service providers; provides requirements for such service providers; authorizes department to deny, suspend, or revoke certification of service provider; provides for expiration of such certification, etc.

Rep. Tracie Davis (D)

Victims of Crimes

Requires law enforcement personnel to ensure victims are given information about right to employ private counsel; encourages Florida Bar to develop registry of attorneys willing to serve as crime victim advocates on pro bono basis.

Rep. Colleen Burton (R)

Legalization of Recreational Marijuana

Exempts certain activities involving marijuana from use & possession offenses; authorizes persons age 21 & over to engage in certain activities; provides for personal cultivation; specifies possession limits, etc.

Rep. Anika Tene Omphroy (D)

Conditions of Pretrial Release

Requires officer to issue notice to appear rather than make custodial arrest in certain circumstances; specifies criminal defendants who are not charged with felony offenses are presumed to be entitled to release without monetary bail, etc.

Rep. Yvonne Hayes Hinson (D)

Elimination of Court-related Financial Obligations for Juveniles

Removes juveniles from numerous provisions relating to court fees; provides that fees & court-ordered costs previously ordered to be paid are unenforceable & uncollectable; provides for reinstatement of driver licenses suspended for failure to make specified payments.

Reps. Nicholas X. Duran (D) and Vance Arthur Aloupis Jr. (R)

Criminal Rehabilitation

Specifies to rehabilitate offender to transition back to community successfully is one of primary purposes of sentencing; reduces minimum sentence that must be served by defendant from 85 percent of sentence to 65 percent, etc.

Rep. Dianne "Ms Dee" Hart

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