H.B.9. Federal Immigration Enforcement

Florida House of Representatives
Last action a year ago
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Judiciary Committee



HB 9 creates the “Rule of Law Adherence Act” (Act) to require state and local governments and law enforcement agencies (covered bodies), including their officials, agents, and employees, to support and cooperate with federal immigration enforcement. Specifically, the bill:

- Prohibits a covered body from having a law, policy, practice, procedure, or custom which impedes a law enforcement agency from communicating or cooperating with a federal immigration agency on immigration enforcement.
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                    - Prohibits any restriction on a covered body’s ability to use, maintain, or exchange immigration information for certain purposes.

- Requires a covered body to comply with and support the enforcement of federal immigration law.

- Provides procedures for a law enforcement agency and court to follow when an arrested person cannot provide proof of lawful presence in the United States or is subject to an immigration detainer.

- Requires any sanctuary policies currently in effect be repealed within 90 days of the effective date of the Act.

- Authorizes a board of county commissioners to enact an ordinance to recover costs for complying with an immigration detainer.

- Requires an official or employee of a covered body to report a violation of the Act to the Attorney General or state attorney; failure to report a violation may result in suspension or removal from office.

- Authorizes the Attorney General or a state attorney to seek an injunction against a covered body that violates the Act.

- Imposes a civil penalty of at least $1,000 but no more than $5,000 for each day a policy that violates the Act was in effect.

- Creates a civil cause of action for a person injured by the conduct of an alien unlawfully present in the United States against a covered body whose violation of the Act contributed to the person’s injury.

- Prohibits the expenditure of public funds to reimburse or defend a public official or employee who violates the Act; and - Suspends state grant funding eligibility for 5 years for a covered body that violates the Act.

The bill may have an indeterminate impact on local government expenditures. The bill does not appear to have a fiscal impact on state government.

Provisions of the Act creating penalties are effective October 1, 2018. All other provisions of the bill are effective July 1, 2018.

In an effort to be an unbiased source of information, all text in this summary comes directly from government resources.


  • Died in Judiciary

    Sat, Mar 10th 2018
  • Indefinitely postponed and withdrawn from consideration

    Sat, Mar 10th 2018
  • Received

    Wed, Jan 31st 2018
  • Referred to Judiciary; Rules

    Tue, Jan 30th 2018
  • In Messages

    Wed, Jan 24th 2018
  • CS passed; YEAS 71 NAYS 35

    Fri, Jan 12th 2018
  • Read 3rd time -HJ 328, 329

    Fri, Jan 12th 2018
  • Read 2nd time

    Thu, Jan 11th 2018
  • Placed on 3rd reading

    Thu, Jan 11th 2018
  • Amendment(s) failed (396255, 420719, 932581)

    Thu, Jan 11th 2018
  • CS by Judiciary Committee read 1st time

    Tue, Jan 9th 2018
  • Introduced

    Tue, Jan 9th 2018
  • Placed on Special Order Calendar, 01/11/18

    Mon, Jan 8th 2018
  • Placed on Calendar

    Wed, Nov 8th 2017
  • Pending review of CS -under Rule 7.18(c)

    Tue, Nov 7th 2017
  • CS by- Judiciary Committee; YEAS 11 NAYS 7

    Tue, Nov 7th 2017
  • On Committee agenda-- Judiciary Committee, 11/07/17, 9:30 am, Sumner Hall

    Tue, Oct 31st 2017
  • Referred to Judiciary Committee

    Wed, Aug 30th 2017
  • Filed

    Thu, Aug 24th 2017