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2017 Legislative Issues

HB 17: Local Regulation Preemption

GENERAL BILL by Fine

Local Regulation Preemption; Defines terms; prohibits certain local governments from imposing or adopting certain regulations on businesses, professions, & occupations after certain date; preempts to state regulations concerning businesses, professions, & occupations; provides exceptions to preemption.

Effective Date: 7/1/2017
Last Action: 3/17/2017 House - Now in Commerce Committee
Location: In committee/council
Bill Text: PDF

SB 80: Public Records

GENERAL BILL by Steube

Public Records; Requiring a complainant to timely provide certain written notice in order to be entitled to attorney fees in certain civil actions for enforcement of ch. 119, F.S., etc.

Effective Date: Upon Becoming a Law
Last Action: 4/25/2017 Senate - Order enrolled
Location: Final Passage
Bill Text:­PDF

SB 94: Property Insurance Appraisers and Property Insurance Appraisal Umpires

GENERAL BILL by Artiles

Property Insurance Appraisers and Property Insurance Appraisal Umpires; Authorizing the Department of Financial Services to investigate property insurance appraisal umpires for violations of the insurance code; creating the “Property Insurance Appraisal Umpire Law”; providing qualifications for license as an umpire; authorizing the department to refuse, suspend, or revoke an umpire’s license under certain circumstances; providing an appropriation and authorizing positions, etc. APPROPRIATION: $136,337.00

Effective Date: 10/1/2017
Last Action: 3/7/2017 Senate - Introduced
Location: In committee/council
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF

SB 112: Flood Hazard Mitigation

GENERAL BILL by Brandes

Flood Hazard Mitigation; Authorizing the Division of Emergency Management of the Executive Office of the Governor to administer a matching grant program for local governments to implement flood hazard risk reduction policies and projects; revising the powers of the Florida Communities Trust to authorize the undertaking, coordination, and funding of flood mitigation projects; authorizing the trust to acquire and dispose of real and personal property to reduce flood hazards, etc. APPROPRIATION: Indeterminate

Effective Date: 7/1/2017
Last Action: 3/7/2017 Senate - Introduced­
Location: In committee/council (BI)
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF

SB 204: Actions Founded on Real Property Improvements

GENERAL BILL by Passidomo

Actions Founded on Real Property Improvements; Specifying when a contract has been completed between a professional engineer, registered architect, or licensed contractor and his or her employer, etc.

Effective Date: 7/1/2017
Last Action: 4/7/2017 Senate - Now in Rules
Location: In committee/council
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF

HB 377: Limitations on Actions other than for the Recovery of Real Property

GENERAL BILL by Leek

Limitations on Actions other than for the Recovery of Real Property; Specifies date of completion for specified contracts for limitation of action purposes; provides applicability.

Effective Date: 7/1/2017
Last Action: 6/14/2017 Signed into law by Governor Rick Scott.
Location:N/A
Bill Text: PDF

HB 389: Building Safety

GENERAL BILL by Willhite

Building Safety; Revising provisions requiring installation of carbon monoxide detectors in certain buildings.

Effective Date: 7/1/2017
Last Action: 3/7//2017 House - Withdrawn prior to Introduction
Location: Withdrawn from Consideration
Bill Text: PDF

SB 514: Fees of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation

GENERAL BILL by Stargel

Fees of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation; Revising the amount of the additional delinquency fee a board or the department must impose under certain circumstances; revising the surcharge rate assessed on certain permits, etc.

Effective Date: 7/1/2017
Last Action: 4/19/2017 Senate - Laid on Table, refer to HB741
Location: Laid on Table
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF

SB 534: Public Works Projects

GENERAL BILL by Perry

Public Works Projects; Prohibiting the state and political subdivisions that contract for public works projects from imposing restrictive conditions on certain contractors, subcontractors, or material suppliers or carriers; prohibiting the state and political subdivisions from restricting qualified bidders from submitting bids or being awarded contracts, etc.

Effective Date: 7/1/2017
Last Action: 3/17/2017 Senate - Laid on Table, refer to HB599
Location: Laid on Table
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF

HB 599: Public Works Projects

GENERAL BILL by Williamson

Public Works Projects; Prohibits state & political subdivisions that contract for public works projects from imposing restrictive conditions on certain contractors, subcontractors, or material suppliers or carriers; prohibits state & political subdivisions from restricting qualified bidders from submitting bids or being awarded contracts; provides applicability.

Effective Date: 7/1/2017
Last Action: 4/27/2017 Senate- Placed on 3rd reading
Location: On 3rd Reading Calendar
Bill Text: PDF

SB 560: Small Business Participation in State Contracting

GENERAL BILL by Campbell

Small Business Participation in State Contracting; Requiring certain agencies to award a percentage of contracts to small businesses; requiring contract vendors to use small businesses in the state as subcontractors or subvendors; requiring the rules ombudsman in the Executive Office of the Governor to establish a system for reporting small business participation in state contracting, etc.

Effective Date: 7/1/2017
Last Action: 4/5/2017 approved by Governor
Location: Became law
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF

SB 610: Firearms

GENERAL BILL by Steube

Firearms; Requiring a business, organization, or entity that prohibits a concealed weapon or firearm licensee from carrying a weapon or firearm onto its property to assume certain responsibility for the safety and defense of such licensee; providing a cause of action for a concealed weapon or firearm licensee who incurs injury, death, damage, or loss as the result of certain acts or attacks occurring on the property of such business, organization, or entity or on other specified properties, etc.

Effective Date: 7/1/2017
Last Action: 3/7/2017 Senate - Introduced
Location: In committee/council
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF

HB 691: Florida Building Code

GENERAL BILL by Jacobs

Florida Building Code; Prohibits certain technical amendments to Florida Building Code adopted by local government from being rendered void in certain circumstances; specifies that such amendments are subject to review or modification when new edition of Code is issued.

Effective Date: 7/1/2017
Last Action: 3/7/2017 House - Introduced
Location: In committee/council
Bill Text: PDF

HB 727: Accessibility of Places of Public Accommodation

GENERAL BILL by Leek ; Edwards ; (CO-INTRODUCERS) Alexander ; Byrd ; Clemons ; Fischer ; Grant, J. ; Hahnfeldt ; Henry ; Mariano ; Massullo ; McClain ; Miller, A. ; Payne ; Renner ; Roth ; Santiago ; Silvers ; White

Accessibility of Places of Public Accommodation; Requires DBPR to establish program to provide for licensure of certain experts; authorizes such experts to advise & provide certain inspections for places of public accommodation relating to ADA; requires department to establish licensure requirements; authorizes owner of place of public accommodation to request facility to be inspected for specified purposes; specifies that owner of place of public accommodation may submit remediation plan to department; requires court to consider certain information in specified actions; requires department to develop & maintain website for specified purposes.

Effective Date: 7/1/2017
Last Action: 6/23/2017 SIGNED INTO LAW
Location: Governor's Desk
Bill Text: PDF

SB 730: Insurer Insolvency

GENERAL BILL by Passidomo

Insurer Insolvency; Adding the Insurer Receivership Model Act to a list of acts that extend reciprocity in the treatment of policyholders in receivership if such act is enacted in other states; revising the exclusive jurisdiction of the Circuit Court of Leon County, upon issuance of specified orders, of an insurer’s assets or property in a delinquency proceeding, etc.

Effective Date: 7/1/2017
Last Action: 4/25/2017 Senate - CS by Rules read 1st time
Location: On 2nd Reading Calendar
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF

SB 734: Construction Liens

GENERAL BILL by Powell

Construction Liens; Revising requirements relating to the recording of a notice of termination of an improvement to real property, etc.

Effective Date: 7/1/2017
Last Action: 3/15/2017 Senate - Withdrawn from further consideration­
Location: Withdrawn from consideration
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF

SB 744: Community Associations

GENERAL BILL by Passidomo

Community Associations; Authorizing an association to adopt rules for posting certain notices on a website; revising provisions relating to required condominium and cooperative association bylaws; prohibiting a board member from voting via e-mail; specifying the voting interests that are eligible to vote to waive or reduce funding of reserves, etc.

Effective Date: 7/1/2017
Last Action: 4/25/2017 Senate - Judiciary read 1st time
Location: In committee/council
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF

HB 789: Procurement of Professional Services

GENERAL BILL by Stone

Procurement of Professional Services; Removes requirement for agencies to encourage certain firms to submit annual statements of qualifications & performance data; clarifies provisions relating to selection of firms & authorizes rejection of submissions received in response to public announcement under competitive selection process; creates best value selection process; removes requirement that agency terminate negotiations with most qualified firm when agency is unable to negotiate satisfactory contract & undertake negotiations with second most qualified firm; authorizes DMS to adopt rules.

Effective Date: 7/1/2017
Last Action: 3/30/2017 House - Now in Government Accoutability Committee
Location: In committee/council
Bill Text: PDF

SB 860: Building Code Administrators and Inspectors

GENERAL BILL by Brandes

Building Code Administrators and Inspectors; Creating an internship path to certification as an inspector or plans examiner; requiring the board to authorize specified candidates for certification as building code inspectors or plans examiners to perform duties during a specified period after initial application, to apply for a 1-year provisional certificate under certain circumstances, and to apply for standard certification within a certain time before completing the internship period, etc.

Effective Date: 7/1/2017
Last Action: 3/30/2017 Senate - Now in Appropriations­
Location: In committee/council
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF

HB 901: Florida Building Commission

GENERAL BILL by McClain

Florida Building Commission; Requires commission to use specified editions of Florida Building Code as foundation for development of & updates to code; requires commission to review, rather than update, code every 3 years; deletes provision that specifies how long amendments or modifications to foundation remain effective; deletes provisions limiting how long amendment or modification is effective; deletes provision requiring certain amendments or modifications to be carried forward into next edition of code, subject to certain conditions; deletes certain requirements for resubmission of expired amendments; deletes provision prohibiting proposed amendment from being included in foundation if it has been addressed in international code; requires commission to adopt code & amendments thereto, by minimum percentage of votes.

Effective Date: 7/1/2017
Last Action: 3/30/2017 House - Now in Commerce Committee
Location: In committee/council
Bill Text: PDF

HB 909: Building Code Administrators & Inspectors

GENERAL BILL by Goodson

Building Code Administrators & Inspectors; Authorizes building code administrator or building official to perform plan review or inspection when acting as building official under certain interagency service agreements; revises eligibility requirements for examination for certification as building code inspector or plans examiner to include internship certification program; revises provisions related to provisional certificates to remove eligibility condition; requires board to establish rules.

Effective Date: 7/1/2017
Last Action: 4/26/2017 Senate - Received
Location: In committee/council­
Bill Text: PDF

SB 1000: Firesafety Standards

GENERAL BILL by Campbell

Firesafety Standards; Authorizing certain buildings to have specified balcony guard openings, etc.

Effective Date: 7/1/2017
Last Action: 3/23/2017 Senate - Now in Banking and Insurance
Location: In committee/council
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF

HB 1021: Construction

GENERAL BILL by Avila

Construction; Defines "recognized certifying entity"; provides applicability of certain standards & criteria for solar energy systems manufactured or sold in state; provides for solar energy systems to be certified pursuant to certain standards; requires DBPR to provide certain funds allocated to University of Florida School of Construction Management for specified purposes; prohibits local enforcement agencies from charging certain fees; requires Florida Building Commission to amend certain provisions of Florida Building Code; prohibits county, municipality, special taxing district, public utility, or private utility from requiring separate water connection or charging specified water or sewage rate under certain conditions; prohibits local government from requiring permit for painting residence; requires DOE in conjunction with DEO to create study for specified purposes; requires CareerSource Florida, Inc. to fund certain construction training programs; provides program requirements.

Effective Date: 7/1/2017
Last Action: 6/23/2017 SIGNED INTO LAW
Location: Governor's Desk
Bill Text: PDF

SB 1158: Regulation of Commerce, Trade, and Labor

GENERAL BILL by Passidomo

Regulation of Commerce, Trade, and Labor; Reserving to the state the exclusive right to regulate matters of commerce, trade, and labor under certain circumstances; prohibiting counties, municipalities, and special districts from engaging in specified actions that regulate commerce, trade, or labor, unless otherwise expressly authorized to do so by special or general law; providing that an ordinance, rule, or regulation that violates a specified provision is null and void, etc.

Effective Date: Upon becoming a law
Last Action: 3/7/2017 Senate - Introduced
Location: In committee/council
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF

SB 1164: Construction

GENERAL BILL by Passidomo

Construction; Providing that a right of action founded on the design, planning, or construction of an improvement to real property does not pass to subsequent purchasers of the real property when purchased as-is; requiring a claimant and not the claimant’s attorney or agent to sign the notice of claim; specifying mediation requirements under certain circumstances before a claimant may reject a settlement offer, etc.

Effective Date: 7/1/2017
Last Action: 4/19/2017 Senate - On Committee agenda - Temporarily Postponed
Location: In committee/council
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF

HB 1193: Regulatory Boards

GENERAL BILL by Raulerson

Regulatory Boards; Requires DBPR to indemnify, defend, & hold harmless from claims, actions, demands, suits, investigations, damages, & liability all current and former board members & any companies or businesses with which they have or had specified affiliations, but only if their service meets a specified requirement.

Effective Date: upon becoming a law
Last Action: 3/7/2017 House - Introduced
Location: In committee/council
Bill Text: PDF

HB 1271: Construction Defect Claims

GENERAL BILL by Trumbull

Construction Defect Claims; Provides additional requirements for notices of claim, inspections & notices of acceptance or rejection of settlement offers; requires, rather than authorizing, certain persons to serve copies of notices of claim to certain professionals; revises provisions relating to tolling certain statutes of limitations.

Effective Date: 7/1/2017
Last Action: 4/20/2017 House - Placed on Calendar
Location: On 2nd Reading Calendar
Bill Text: PDF

HB 1281: Department of Management Services

GENERAL BILL by Albritton

Department of Management Services; Revises governance of DMS; creates task force to evaluate procurement laws & policies & make specified recommendations; specifies membership of task force; provides meeting requirements; requires task force to submit report to Governor & Legislature by certain date; provides for termination of task force.

Effective Date: 7/1/2017
Last Action: 4/26/2017 Senate - In Messages
Location: In messages from House
Bill Text: PDF

SB 1312: Construction

GENERAL BILL by Perry

Construction; Providing applicability of certain standards and criteria for solar energy systems manufactured or sold in the state; providing for solar energy systems manufactured or sold in the state to be certified pursuant to National Renewable Energy Laboratory standards; prohibiting a county, municipality, special taxing district, public utility, or private utility from requiring a separate water connection or charging a specified water or sewage rate under certain conditions, etc.

Effective Date: 7/1/2017
Last Action: 4/25/2017 Senate - On Committee agenda - Appropriations - Not Considered
Location: In committee/council
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF

HB 1309: Growth Management

GENERAL BILL by Payne

Growth Management; Requires local governments to address protection of private property rights in their comprehensive plans; requires comprehensive plan to include private property rights element; requires counties & municipalities to adopt or amend land development regulations consistent with private property rights element; provides deadlines; requires state land planning agency to approve private property rights element if it is substantially in specified form.

Effective Date: 7/1/2017
Last Action: 3/10/2017 House - Referred to Agriculture and Property Rights Subcommittee; Local, Federal and VeteransAffairs Subcommittee; Commerce Committee
Location: In committee/council
Bill Text: PDF

SB 1398: Accessibility of Places of Public Accommodation

GENERAL BILL by Stewart

Accessibility of Places of Public Accommodation; Requiring the Department of Business and Professional Regulation to establish a program to provide for the certification of certain experts; authorizing such experts to advise and provide certain inspections for places of public accommodation relating to the Americans with Disabilities Act; authorizing an owner of a place of public accommodation to request a facility to be inspected for specified purposes; specifying that such certificate is valid for 3 years, etc.

Effective Date: 7/1/2017
Last Action: 4/26/2017 Senate - Placed on Special Order Calendar
Location: Acted on by committee/council, pending report
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF

SB 1540: Department of Management Services

GENERAL BILL by Brandes

Department of Management Services; Creating the Statewide Procurement Efficiency Task Force within the department; specifying the purpose and membership of the task force; providing meeting requirements; providing that task force members shall serve without compensation or reimbursement of expenses, etc.

Effective Date: 7/1/2017
Last Action: 4/20/2017 Senate - Now in Appropriations
Location: In committee/council
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF

SB 1582: Workers’ Compensation Insurance

GENERAL BILL by Bradley

Workers’ Compensation Insurance; Requiring carriers to authorize or decline, rather than respond to, certain requests for authorization within a specified time; revising conditions under which the Office of the Judges of Compensation Claims must dismiss petitions for benefits; adding prospective loss costs to a list of reviewable matters in certain proceedings by appellate courts; requiring copies of prospective loss costs to be filed with the Office of Insurance Regulation, etc.

Effective Date: 7/1/2017
Last Action: 4/20/2017 Senate - Placed on Calendar, on 2nd reading
Location: On 2nd Reading Calendar
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF

SB 1668: Use of State Funds

GENERAL BILL by Perry ; (CO-INTRODUCERS) Artiles

Use of State Funds; Providing a limitation on actual expenses of certain lodging that may be reimbursed for a state agency or judicial branch employee; requiring a state entity that requests state funds for the construction of a new building to comply with maximum cost per square foot requirements; prohibiting the use of state funds to purchase alcoholic beverages and to purchase food or beverages for certain state agency appreciation or recognition events, etc.

Effective Date: 7/1/2017
Last Action: 4/19/2017 Senate - Now in Appropriations
Location: In committee/council
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF

SB 7000: Florida Building Commission

PROPOSED BILL by Community Affairs

Florida Building Commission; Requiring the commission to use the most recent published edition of the Florida Building Code as the foundation code; requiring the commission to review, rather than update, the Florida Building Code every 3 years; deleting a provision that specifies how long amendments or modifications to the foundation code remain effective, etc.

Effective Date: 7/1/2017
Last Action: 3/17/2017 Senate - Now in Appropriations
Location: In committee/council (AP)
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF

HB 7047: Deregulation of Professions and Occupations

GENERAL BILL by Careers and Competition Subcommittee ; Beshears

Deregulation of Professions and Occupations; Removes regulations on specified DBPR professions, including labor organizations, auctioneers & auction businesses, talent agencies, hair braiders, hair wrappers & body wrappers, interior designers, & boxing timekeepers & announcers; revises certain requirements for barbers, nail specialists, landscape architects, & geologists.

Effective Date: 7/1/2017
Last Action: 4/16/2017 Senate - In Messages
Location: In messages from House
Bill Text: PDF

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