Today, the Florida Senate and Florida House both passed CS/CS/CS/SB 1194: Transportation, a bill which was amended earlier today in the Senate to include language similar to CS/CS/CS/SB 426: State Preemption of Seaport Regulation which passed in the Senate last week, but hit a brick wall this week in the house.
The amendment filed today by Senator Jim Boyd defines Florida Statute 311.25 Florida seaports; local ballot initiatives and referendums.
The SB 1194 was first passed by the Senate with 21 Yeas – 17 Nays, before heading to the House which voted 75 Yeas – 40 Nays, effectively negating the Key West cruise referendums passed by Key West voters last November allowing cruise ships to continue calling on the South Florida port upon the resumption of cruise operations.
Below are videos from the Senate and House discussions and votes on SB 1194.
The bill’s final stop is on Governor Ron DeSantis’ desk for his signature. Pending a signature, the bill’s effective date is July 1, 2021.