Provides that the salary and benefits of the executive director of the Florida Transportation Commission shall be set in accordance with the Senior Management Service; authorizes metropolitan planning organizations and certain separate entities to establish per diem and travel reimbursement rates; provides for metropolitan planning organizations to participate in the Florida Retirement System; renames the Charter County Transit System Surtax as the Charter County Transportation System Surtax; provides for approval by initiative petition; revises provisions for uses of the proceeds; deletes once-a-year limitation on use of funds from the local government infrastructure surtax for issuance of bonds; provides for a County Transportation System Surtax; provides for the imposition by countywide referendum of an additional surcharge on the lease or rental of a motor vehicle; revises Department of Transportation's requirement to share a certain costs of fixed-guideway system projects; revises criteria for an interlocal agreement to establish bond financing for fixed-guideway system projects; revises provisions for the Florida Seaport Transportation and Economic Development Council program to fund certain dredging projects; provides height and placement requirements for vehicle license plates; prohibits display that obscures identification of the letters and numbers on a license plate; revises procedures for disposition of citations issued for failure to pay toll; revises penalties for failure to pay a prescribed toll; provides for suspension of a driver's license; prohibits interfering with the legibility, angular visibility, or detectability of any feature or detail on a license plate or interfering with the ability to photograph or otherwise record any feature or detail on a license plate; prohibits advertising, sale, distribution, purchase, or use of any product made for such purpose; provides for the Attorney General to file suit against any entity offering or marketing a product advertised as having the capacity to obstruct the visibility or electronic image recording of a license plate; revises provisions for distribution of revenue derived from registration of motor vehicles; revises provisions for distribution for purposes of funding certain seaport projects; removes certain restrictions on the issuance of bonds to refinance certain existing port bond issues; requires refunding bonds be issued by the Division of Bond Finance at the request of the Department of Transportation; specifies projects and criteria for funding; authorizes use of funds for certain financing purposes; authorizes DOT to provide funds for certain general aviation projects; extends timeframe that the department is authorized to provide operational and maintenance assistance to certain airports and may redirect the use of certain funds to security-related or economic-impact projects related to the events of September 11, 2001; adds gypsum to the list of materials authorized for use in certain demonstration projects; renames the Safe Paths to Schools program as the "Safe Routes to Schools Program"; revises requirements of the program; authorizes a clearinghouse to disseminate information and grants; provides for use of certain federal funds; deletes prohibition against local governments issuing certain bonds secured by revenues from local option fuel taxes more than once a year; provides criteria and procedures for the owner of property within a described road and bridge district to sever inclusion within the district; provides that certain construction projects be advertised for bids in local newspapers; authorizes the department to waive specified prequalification requirements for certain transportation projects under certain conditions; revises surety bond requirements for construction or maintenance contracts; provides for incremental annual surety bonds for multiyear maintenance contracts under certain conditions; revises the threshold for transportation projects eligible for a waiver of surety bond requirements; authorizes the department to provide for phased surety bond coverage or an alternate means of security for a portion of the contract amount in lieu of the surety bond; provides for the DOT and certain toll agencies to enter into agreements with public or private entities for additional uses of electronic toll collection products and services; authorizes feasibility studies by the department or a toll agency of additional uses of electronic toll devices for legislative consideration; changes the carry forward date on certain undisbursed Florida Turnpike Enterprise funds; revises the maximum amount that may be carried forward; raising the limit on outstanding bonds to fund turnpike projects; revises metropolitan planning organization is a separate legal entity independent of entities represented on the M.P.O. and signatories to the agreement creating the M.P.O.; revises M.P.O. provisions relating to organization and membership; revises voting requirements for approval of certain plans, programs, and amendments; revises limitations on matching funds from the Transportation Regional Incentive Program; deletes a provision that provides for matching funds based on the nonfederal share of certain transportation facility project costs; provides certain incentives for certain private sector contributions to improve transportation facilities; provides for the contribution to be applied as a credit against transportation concurrency requirements; provides for use of State Infrastructure Bank loans for certain damaged transportation facilities in areas of a declared disaster; revises language relating to powers and duties of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority; provides pledge to bondholders; revises provisions for funding of the authority; changes the name of the Tampa Bay Commuter Transit Authority to the "Tampa Bay Regional Transportation Authority"; revises membership provisions; adds Citrus County to the authority's jurisdictional boundary; provides for employees and advisory committees; specifies purposes of the authority; revises rights, powers and duties; authorizes the authority to construct, operate, and maintain transportation facilities; provides for application and effect of specified provisions; prohibits elected officials from serving on the Northwest Florida Transportation Corridor Authority; directs the authority to plan for and study the feasibility of constructing, operating, and maintaining a bridge or bridges, and appurtenant structures, spanning Choctawhatchee Bay or Santa Rosa Sound; authorizes the authority to construct, operate, and maintain said bridges and structures; revises the membership of expressway authority governing boards in certain counties; prohibits certain expressway authorities from contracting for lobbyist services; provides for public notice of a proposed toll increase by certain expressway authorities; authorizes a transportation authority, bridge authority, or toll authority to receive or solicit proposals and enter into agreements with private entities for certain transportation facility purposes; revises provisions for certain exemptions from the Florida Expressway Authority Act; authorizes the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority to waive payment and performance bonds on certain construction contracts; creates the "Osceola County Expressway Authority Law"; provides for membership, terms, organization, personnel, and administration; provides purposes and powers for construction, expansion, maintenance, improvement, and operation of the Osceola County Expressway System; directs the Florida Transportation Commission to conduct a study and to submit a report to the Governor and the Legislature; provides that certain property that is owned or leased by a railroad or railway company is not required to meet specified posting provisions in order for specified trespass provisions to apply; provides for certain alterations to and along Red Road in Miami-Dade County for transportation safety purposes; designates Brickell Avenue in the City of Miami; directs the city to make related address changes.
July 1, 2006.
Died on Second Reading Calendar, Link/Iden/Sim/Compare passed, refer to HB 683 (Ch. 2006-220), HB 5003 (Ch. 2006-26), CS/SB 2548 (Ch. 2006-122) on Friday, May 5, 2006 11:59 PM