Senator Simpson has also filed SB 786 to lessen the time comprehensive plan amendments are implemented.  As proposed, the cities of Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, Hialeah, along with Pinellas and Broward Counties would be required to follow the small scale amendment process for all plan amendments.  This process significantly reduces the amount of time a plan amendment is legally in effect by simply requiring the local government to hold single public hearing on an amendment, at which time it may adopt the amendment and transmit it to the state.  The amendment then becomes effective 30 days from the date of adoption.  Currently, there is no House companion.