Florida Senate - 2024                                     SB 904
       By Senator Polsky
       30-01569A-24                                           2024904__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to advisory opinions on voter
    3         eligibility; amending s. 106.23, F.S.; requiring the
    4         Division of Elections to provide certain advisory
    5         opinions upon request within a certain timeframe;
    6         providing that a person who makes such request is
    7         deemed eligible to register to vote and to vote if the
    8         division does not provide the advisory opinion within
    9         the specified timeframe; requiring the division to
   10         issue to such person a certain card; requiring that
   11         the card be mailed to the person by a certain day;
   12         providing applicability; providing an effective date.
   14  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   16         Section 1. Subsection (3) is added to section 106.23,
   17  Florida Statutes, to read:
   18         106.23 Powers of the Division of Elections.—
   19         (3)(a)The Division of Elections shall provide a written
   20  advisory opinion to a person requesting an advisory opinion on
   21  his or her eligibility to register to vote or to vote. The
   22  advisory opinion must be provided to the person within 90 days
   23  after he or she makes the request.
   24         (b)If the division does not provide the advisory opinion
   25  within the 90-day period:
   26         1.The person who made the request is, notwithstanding any
   27  provision of law to the contrary, deemed eligible to register to
   28  vote and to vote and is not subject to criminal prosecution,
   29  fines, civil liability, or other penalties for any acts relating
   30  to registering to vote or to voting.
   31         2.The division shall issue to the person who made the
   32  request a card bearing the seal of the state and stating that
   33  such person is authorized to register to vote and to vote. The
   34  card must be mailed to the person by the 91st day after the
   35  person makes his or her request.
   36         (c)Paragraph (b) does not apply to a person disqualified
   37  from voting based on a felony sexual offense or a felony
   38  conviction for murder as defined in s. 98.0751(2)(b) or (c),
   39  respectively.
   40         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2024.