OpenAI Chat with Florida Legislation

Chatting with legislation

This is an AI-based chat tool that lets you ask questions of different bills that passed during the 2023 Florida Legislative Session. To get started, choose one of the bills from either the left-hand menu or the tiles below. You can also filter by topic (assigned by the AI).

How it works:

Each bill is paired with its staff analysis, and then the system creates a vector index of those two documents. When you ask a question, the system uses that vector index to generate an anwer to your question.

This is an experiment.

Please remember that the system is not designed to look "ouside the box" for information. This means that for each bill, the AI's universe is just that bill and the staff analysis. In other words, it does not think critically about things like you, as a person, would.

Here is the behind-the-scenes prompt that is sent along with your question:

You are a researcher who has access to a library of documents. Your job is to answer questions about legislation that passed in Florida. Please answer the user's question using those documents. If the user asks you to write a letter either in support or opposing the legislation, you should create a persuasive letter that argues for the user's perspective. Here is the user's question: [your question]

HB 49 Historic Cemeteries
AI-created summary:

This legislation creates the Historic Cemeteries Program within the Division of Historical Resources of the Department of State, and provides an appropriation of $1 million in nonrecurring funds from the General Revenue Fund for Historic Cemetery Program grants. It also creates the Historic Cemeteries Program Advisory Council within the division, and revises the definition of the term "legally authorized person" to include a member of a representative community organization. Lastly, it revises the definition of the term "conservation easement" to include a right or interest in real property which is appropriate to retaining the structural integrity or physical appearance of abandoned and neglected cemeteries that are 50 or more years old.

Topics (chosen by AI):
  • Historical or Cultural Significance

SB 50 Public Records Judicial Assistants
AI-created summary:

SB 50 is a bill that creates an exemption to the public records requirements for records pertaining to judicial assistants and their families. The bill requires a two-thirds vote for final passage and contains a statement of public necessity to justify the exemption. The bill takes effect July 1, 2023 and is not expected to have any fiscal impact on the judiciary.

Topics (chosen by AI):
  • Healthcare
  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Public Benefits
  • Medicaid / Medicare

SB 102 Housing
AI-created summary:

This legislation amends sections 624.509 and 624.5105 of the Florida Statutes to make technical changes. It also grants the Department of Revenue emergency rulemaking authority to administer the Live Local Program and provides tax exemptions for properties providing affordable housing. The bill will take effect July 1, 2023 and requires a two-thirds vote of the membership of each house of the Legislature to be binding upon cities and counties.

Topics (chosen by AI):
  • Housing
  • Sales Taxes

SB 1718 Immigration
AI-created summary:

This legislation expands the crime of human smuggling to include concealing, harboring, or shielding a person who has entered the United States in violation of the law. It also revises requirements for public and private employers for employment verification, and increases the fines associated with violation of laws prohibiting the employment of unauthorized aliens. Lastly, it allows a law enforcement agency to send relevant information obtained pursuant to enforcement of s. 448.095, F.S., to a federal immigration agency.

Topics (chosen by AI):
  • Criminal Justice
  • Law Enforcement
  • Immigration

HB 109 State Park Campsite Reservations
AI-created summary:

This legislation requires the Division of Recreation and Parks to allow individuals to make reservations for state park cabins and campsites, including RV, tent, boat, and equestrian sites, up to 11 months in advance for Florida residents and 10 months in advance for nonresidents. A valid Florida driver license number or the identification number from a Florida identification card must be provided as proof of residency when making a reservation. This bill will have an insignificant negative fiscal impact on state government that can be absorbed within existing resources.

Topics (chosen by AI):
  • State Parks

SB 376 Automatic Sealing of Criminal History Records
AI-created summary:

This legislation amends Florida Statutes to specify that a criminal history record is eligible for automatic sealing when an indictment, information, or other charging document was dismissed as to all counts, or a not guilty verdict was rendered as to all counts. Additionally, the bill requires the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to notify the clerk upon the sealing of a criminal history record, and the clerk must automatically keep confidential the court record in the case giving rise to the FDLE's sealing of such record. The bill may have an indeterminate fiscal impact on the clerk of court and is effective July 1, 2023.

Topics (chosen by AI):
  • Criminal Justice
  • Courts
  • Law Enforcement

SB 450 Death Penalty
AI-created summary:

This legislation requires that if at least 8 jurors recommend a sentence of death, the court must impose the recommended sentence of death if the jury unanimously finds at least one aggravating factor beyond a reasonable doubt. If either 8 or 9 jurors recommend a sentence of death, the court may sentence the defendant to life or death, but may only render a sentence of death if the jury unanimously finds at least one aggravating factor beyond a reasonable doubt. The court must enter a written order whether the sentence is for death or for life without the possibility of parole and must include in its written order the reasons for not accepting the jury’s recommended sentence, if applicable.

Topics (chosen by AI):
  • Criminal Justice
  • Courts
  • Attorneys
  • Prisons
  • Law Enforcement

HJR 1157 Hunting and Fishing
AI-created summary:

This legislation proposes an amendment to the State Constitution to preserve fishing and hunting as a public right and preferred means of responsibly managing and controlling fish and wildlife. The amendment does not limit the authority granted to the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission under Section 9 of Article IV of the State Constitution. Additionally, the Department of State is required to publish a Spanish version of the amendment in addition to an English version.

Topics (chosen by AI):
  • Hunting & Fishing

HB 1571 Facility Requirements Based on Sex
AI-created summary:

This legislation requires covered entities to meet minimum requirements for restrooms and changing facilities. The Attorney General is authorized to take enforcement action against covered entities, including seeking injunctive relief and a fine of up to $10,000 for any violations. The bill is effective July 1, 2023.

Topics (chosen by AI):
  • Schools & Education
  • Prisons
  • Law Enforcement
  • Colleges & Universities
  • Elementary Schools
  • High Schools

SB 1438 Protection of Children
AI-created summary:

This legislation creates a new section of the Florida Statutes (s. 255.70) which prohibits any governmental entity from issuing a permit or authorizing a person to conduct a performance in violation of specified provisions. It also amends sections 509.261 and 561.29 of the Florida Statutes to authorize the Division of Hotels and Restaurants and the Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation to fine, suspend, or revoke the license of any public lodging or food service establishment or person if they admit a child to an adult live performance. Violations of these provisions constitute an immediate, serious danger to the public health, safety, or welfare.

Topics (chosen by AI):
  • Freedom of Speech

SB 300 Pregnancy
AI-created summary:

SB 300 amends and creates multiple provisions of law related to pregnancy support and wellness services, the state's Family Planning Program, and the termination of pregnancies. It prohibits abortion after six weeks of gestation unless an exception is met, and expands the pregnancy support and wellness services network to include counseling, mentoring, educational materials, and material assistance. It also requires the Department of Health to report annually on the types, amount, and costs of services provided as well as demographic information on persons who receive such services.

Topics (chosen by AI):
  • Healthcare
  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Public Benefits
  • Medicaid / Medicare

SB 130 Domestic Violence
AI-created summary:

This legislation amends sections 61.13 and 741.30 of the Florida Statutes to add that a respondent engaging in a pattern of abusive, threatening, intimidating, or controlling behavior composed of a series of acts over a period of time, however short, can be subject to a domestic violence injunction. The bill takes effect July 1, 2023 and does not have any fiscal impact.

Topics (chosen by AI):
  • Criminal Justice
  • Courts
  • Law Enforcement