Recent Legislative Changes
- Governor Scott signed House Bill 7013 into law on May 21, 2013. This law changes the Primary Election date two weeks closer to the General Election and applies the 100 feet solicitation restriction to the office of the supervisor of elections where absentee ballots are requested and printed on demand, among other things. This bill generally takes effect on January 1, 2014, excepted as noted in the below summary.
Summary of HB 7013
Full text of HB 7013
- Governor Scott signed House Bill 569 into law on May 1, 2013. This law increases the frequency of campaign finance reports and increases the contribution limit for candidates filing with the Elections Department to $1,000 to name a few. This bill generally takes effect on November 1, 2013, except as noted in the below summary.
Summary of HB 569
Full text of HB 569
- The Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners passed Ordinance 13-05 on January 23, 2013, amending Section 12-14 of the Code of Miami-Dade County pertaining to paid campaign workers participating in absentee ballot activities. In accordance with Section 12-14.1 of the Code of Miami-Dade County, Florida, candidates running for the Offices of Miami-Dade County Mayor, Commissioner, Property Appraiser, Clerk of the Circuit Courts, and Community Council must now file a separate campaign report to disclose the names of paid campaign workers engaged in absentee ballot activities.
- The Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners passed Ordinance 11-93 on December 6, 2011, amending Section 12-14 of the Code of Miami-Dade County pertaining to absentee ballot handling. This amendment added penalties for picking up and/or returning absentee ballots if not authorized to do so as a designee.
- The Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners passed Ordinance 11-87 , adopted on November 13, 2011, amending Sections 12-17 and 12-21 of the Code of Miami-Dade County regarding the filing of campaign finance reports. The original signed hardcopies are no longer required.
- House Bill 1355 made significant changes to the Election Laws of the State of Florida in 2011.
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