Florida Senate - 2022 SB 954



By Senator Brodeur





9-00904A-22 2022954__
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 agency, college, or
5 university or certain local government fleets;
6 removing a provision requiring the use and procurement
7 of ethanol and biodiesel fuels; requiring the
8 Department of Management Services, before a specified
9 date, to make recommendations to state agencies and
10 local governments relating to the procurement and
11 integration of electric vehicles; amending s. 553.791,
12 F.S.; revising the definition of the term “single
13 trade inspection”; providing an effective date.
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15 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
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17 Section 1. Subsections (4) and (5) of section 286.29,
18 Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
19 286.29 Climate-friendly public business.—The Legislature
20 recognizes the importance of leadership by state government in
21 the area of energy efficiency and in reducing the greenhouse gas
22 emissions of state government operations. The following shall
23 pertain to all state agencies when conducting public business:
24 (4) When procuring new vehicles, all state agencies, state
25 universities, community colleges, and local governments that
26 purchase vehicles under a state purchasing plan shall first
27 define the intended purpose for the vehicle and determine which
28 of the following use classes for which the vehicle is being
29 procured:
30 (a) State business travel, designated operator;
31 (b) State business travel, pool operators;
32 (c) Construction, agricultural, or maintenance work;
33 (d) Conveyance of passengers;
34 (e) Conveyance of building or maintenance materials and
35 supplies;
36 (f) Off-road vehicle, motorcycle, or all-terrain vehicle;
37 (g) Emergency response; or
38 (h) Other.
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40 Vehicles described in paragraphs (a) through (h), when being
41 processed for purchase or leasing agreements, must be selected
42 based on the lowest lifetime ownership costs, including costs
43 for fuel, operations, and maintenance, for the greatest fuel
44 efficiency available for a given use class when fuel economy
45 data are available. Exceptions may be made for individual
46 vehicles in paragraph (g) when accompanied, during the
47 procurement process, by documentation indicating that the
48 operator or operators will exclusively be emergency first
49 responders or have special documented need for exceptional
50 vehicle performance characteristics. Any request for an
51 exception must be approved by the purchasing agency head and any
52 exceptional performance characteristics denoted as a part of the
53 procurement process prior to purchase.
54 (5) All state agencies shall use ethanol and biodiesel
55 blended fuels when available. State agencies administering
56 central fueling operations for state-owned vehicles shall
57 procure biofuels for fleet needs to the greatest extent
58 practicable.
59 Section 2. Before July 1, 2023, the Department of
60 Management Services shall make recommendations to state
61 agencies, including state colleges and universities, and local
62 governments regarding the procurement of electric vehicles and
63 best practices for integrating such vehicles into existing
64 fleets.
65 Section 3. Paragraph (p) of subsection (1) of section
66 553.791, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
67 553.791 Alternative plans review and inspection.—
68 (1) As used in this section, the term:
69 (p) “Single-trade inspection” means any inspection focused
70 on a single construction trade, such as plumbing, mechanical, or
71 electrical. The term includes, but is not limited to,
72 inspections of door or window replacements; fences and block
73 walls more than 6 feet high from the top of the wall to the
74 bottom of the footing; stucco or plastering; reroofing with no
75 structural alteration; HVAC replacements; installation of
76 electric vehicle charging stations; solar energy and energy
77 storage installations or alterations; ductwork or fan
78 replacements; alteration or installation of wiring, lighting,
79 and service panels; water heater changeouts; sink replacements;
80 and repiping.
81 Section 4. This act shall take effect July 1, 2022.