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2018 Legislative Issues

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HB 15: Deregulation of Professions and Occupations

GENERAL BILL by Beshears

Deregulation of Professions and Occupations; Removes regulations on specified DBPR professions, including labor organizations, hair braiders, hair wrappers & body wrappers, & boxing timekeepers & announcers; revises certain requirements for barbers, nail specialists, business organizations that provide architecture services and interior design, landscape architects, & geologists.

Effective Date: 7/1/2018
Last Action:­3/10/2018 Senate - Died in Regulated Industries
Bill Text: PDF

HB 89: Actions Against Contractors Without Required Insurance Coverage

GENERAL BILL by Spano

Actions Against Contractors Without Required Insurance Coverage; Provides that contractor who fails to carry required insurance may be personally liable for damages that would have been covered by such insurance.

Effective Date: 7/1/2018
Last Action: 3/10/2018 House - Died in Careers and Competition Subcommittee
Bill Text: PDF

SB 106: Firesafety Standards

GENERAL BILL by Campbell

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

Effective Date: 7/1/2018
Last Action: ­3/10/2018 Senate - Died in Community Affairs
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF

HB 111: Department of Management Services

GENERAL BILL by Albritton

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

Effective Date: 7/1/2018
Last Action: 3/10/2018 House - Died in Oversight, Transparency and Administration Subcommittee
Bill Text: PDF


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HB 299: Florida Building Commission

GENERAL BILL by McClain

Florida Building Commission; Revises membership of the commission; revises membership qualifications.

Effective Date: 7/1/2018
Last Action: 3/10/2018 House - Died in Commerce Committee
Bill Text: PDF


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HB 437: Building Standards for Health Care Facilities

GENERAL BILL by Lee

Building Standards for Health Care Facilities; Provides that Florida Building Code must require public & private health care facilities to have operational emergency power source.

Effective Date: 7/1/2018
Last Action: 3/10/2018 House - Died in Health Innovation Subcommittee
Bill Text: PDF


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SB 526: Deregulation of Professions and Occupations

GENERAL BILL by Brandes

Deregulation of Professions and Occupations; Repealing provisions relating to licensure and permit requirements for business agents; prohibiting a business organization from engaging in certain practices until it is qualified by a qualifying agent; authorizing the executive director or the chair of the board to authorize a temporary qualifying agent for a specified timeframe under certain circumstances; requiring the board to allow an applicant to qualify one or more business organizations or to operate using a fictitious name under certain circumstances, etc.

Effective Date: 7/1/2018
Last Action: ­3/10/2018 Senate - Died in Commerce and Tourism
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF


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SB 536: Limitations of Actions Other Than for the Recovery of Real Property

GENERAL BILL by Passidomo

Limitations of Actions Other Than for the Recovery of Real Property; Authorizing the commencement, within a specified timeframe, of counterclaims, cross-claims, and third-party claims that arise out of the same transaction or occurrence and are the basis for an action previously brought, etc.

Effective Date: 7/1/2018
Last Action: 3/8/2018 Senate - Laid on Table
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF


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HB 551: Pub. Rec./Health Care Facilities

GENERAL BILL by Burton

Pub. Rec./Health Care Facilities; Provides exemption from public records requirements for building plans, blueprints, schematic drawings, & diagrams of certain health care facilities; provides for future legislative review & repeal of exemption; provides statement of public necessity.

Effective Date: upon becoming a law
Last Action: 3/22/18 Signed and approved by governor.­Chapter No. 2018-53
Bill Text: PDF


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SB 604: Actions against Contractors without Required Insurance Coverage

GENERAL BILL by Steube

Actions against Contractors without Required Insurance Coverage; Providing that a contractor who fails to carry required insurance may be personally liable for damages that would have been covered by such insurance, etc.

Effective Date: 7/1/2018
Last Action: 3/10/2018 Senate - Died in Regulated Industries
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF


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HB 875: Limitations of Actions Other Than for the Recovery of Real Property

GENERAL BILL by Leek

Limitations of Actions Other Than for the Recovery of Real Property; Authorizes commencement, within specified time, of counterclaims, cross-claims, & third-party claims that arise out of same transaction or occurrence & are basis for action previously brought; provides that correction of defects & deficiencies or performance of certain types of work do not extend time period.

Effective Date: 7/1/2018
Last Action: 3/21/2018 - Signed by Officers and presented to Governor
Bill Text: PDF


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SB 906: Public Records/Health Care Facilities

PUBLIC RECORDS/GENERAL BILL by Young

Public Records/Health Care Facilities; Providing an exemption from public records requirements for building plans, blueprints, schematic drawings, and diagrams held by an agency which depict the internal layout or structural elements of certain health care facilities; providing for future legislative review and repeal of the exemption; providing a statement of public necessity, etc.

Effective Date: Upon becoming a law
Last Action: 3/6/2018 Senate - Laid on Table
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF


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SB 908: Construction Bonds

GENERAL BILL by Steube

Construction Bonds; Requiring a notice of nonpayment to be verified; providing that a provision relating to attorney fees applies to certain suits brought by contractors; requiring a lienor to serve a verified notice of nonpayment to specified entities during a certain period of time; providing that a contractor may record a notice identifying a project bond as a conditional payment bond before project commencement to make the duty of a surety to pay lienors coextensive with the contractor’s duty to pay, etc.

Effective Date: 10/1/2018
Last Action: 3/10/2018 Senate - Died in Community Affairs
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF


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HB 1023: Public Educational Facilities

GENERAL BILL by Duran

Public Educational Facilities; Provides requirements for determining capacity of facilities in certain schools as reported in Florida Inventory of School Houses; requires Commissioner of Education to grant exemption from State Requirements for Educational Facilities to district school board under certain circumstances.

Effective Date: 7/1/2018
Last Action: 3/10/2018 House - Died in PreK-12 Appropriations Subcommittee
Bill Text: PDF

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HB 1041: Professional Regulation

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GENERAL BILL by Plakon

Professional Regulation; Authorizes person to seek declaratory statement from agency as to effect of person's criminal background on his or her eligibility for certain licenses, registrations, or certificates; requires board to use specified process for review of applicant's criminal record to determine eligibility for certain licenses; prohibits conviction of crime before specified date from being grounds for denial of certain licenses.

Effective Date: 7/1/2018
Last Action:­3/10/2018 Senate - Died in Regulated Industries
Bill Text: PDF


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HB 1077: Open and Expired Building Permits

GENERAL BILL by Diamond

Open and Expired Building Permits; Authorizes Construction Industry Licensing Board to take specified actions against certain entities; provides requirements related to open and expired permits, including expiration, uncompleted permitted projects, penalties, amendment of Florida Building Code, powers of local governmental entities, applications, & notice requirements.

Effective Date: 7/1/2018
Last Action: 3/10/2018 House - Died in Careers and Competition Subcommittee
Bill Text: PDF


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HB 1085: Construction of Housing Within a Certain Distance of the State Highway System

GENERAL BILL by Watson, B.

Construction of Housing Within a Certain Distance of the State Highway System; Requires construction of certain multiple housing developments to be considered single construction project; requires local zoning or building permit application for such project to be deferred under certain circumstances.

Effective Date: 7/1/2018
Last Action: 3/10/2018 House - Died in Local, Federal and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee
Bill Text: PDF


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SB 1108: Sales Tax Exemption for Political Subdivisions

GENERAL BILL by Young

Sales Tax Exemption for Political Subdivisions; Providing that for sales of tangible personal property that will go into or become a part of public works owned by certain governmental entities, the governmental entity may authorize contractors or subcontractors to utilize the governmental entity’s certificate of entitlement to the exemption for the direct purchase of the tangible personal property; requiring such governmental entities to issue a letter of authorization to the contractor or subcontractor, etc.

Effective Date: 7/1/2018
Last Action: 3/10/2018 Senate - Died in Community Affairs
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF


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SB 1114: Professional Regulation

GENERAL BILL by Brandes

Professional Regulation; Authorizing a person to seek a declaratory statement from an agency as to the effect of the person’s criminal background on his or her eligibility for certain licenses, registrations, or certificates; prohibiting the conviction of a crime before a specified date from being grounds for the denial of certain licenses, etc.

Effective Date: 7/1/2018
Last Action: 3/10/2018 Senate - Died in Appropriations
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF


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HB 1227: Building Standards for State Subsidized Developments

GENERAL BILL by Stafford

Building Standards for State Subsidized Developments; Provides Florida Building Code must require state subsidized developments to have operational emergency power source.

Effective Date: 7/1/2018
Last Action: 3/10/2018 House - Died in Energy and Utilities Subcommittee
Bill Text: PDF


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SB 1312: Building Standards for State-subsidized Developments

GENERAL BILL by Thurston

Building Standards for State-subsidized Developments; Providing that the Florida Building Code must require state-subsidized developments to have an operational emergency power source, etc.

Effective Date: 7/1/2018
Last Action: 3/10/2018 Senate - Died in Community Affairs
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF


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SB 1322: Open and Expired Building Permits

GENERAL BILL by Powell

Open and Expired Building Permits; Authorizing the Construction Industry Licensing Board to take specified actions against any certificateholder or registrant if a contractor, a financially responsible officer, or a certain business organization is found guilty of failing to properly close any permit or satisfy any applicable permit requirement; requiring the Florida Building Commission to adopt rules and amend the applicable Florida Building Code to enact procedures designed to encourage property owners and contractors to close permits properly; providing that failure to receive written notice does not relieve the contractor or property owner from taking the necessary actions to legally close a permit, etc.

Effective Date: 7/1/2018
Last Action: 3/10/2018 Senate - Died in Regulated Industries
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF


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HB 1413: Temporary Licensure and Certification

GENERAL BILL by Smith

Temporary Licensure and Certification; Provides legislative intent regarding certain professionals who evacuated from Puerto Rico during 2017; authorizes specified professionals to obtain 2-year temporary license or certificate to work in state; provides requirements for obtaining such license or certificate; provides for expiration & prohibits renewal of such license or certificate.

Effective Date: upon becoming a law
Last Action: 3/10/2018 House - Died in Careers and Competition Subcommittee
Bill Text: PDF


SB 1554: Charter Schools

GENERAL BILL by Rodriguez

Charter Schools; Requiring charter schools that receive capital outlay funding used for certain purposes to ensure that new facilities comply with the State Requirements for Educational Facilities of the Florida Building Code, etc.

Effective Date: 7/1/2018
Last Action: 3/10/2018 Senate - Died in Education
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF


SB 1642: Florida Construction Workforce Task Force

GENERAL BILL by Perry

Florida Construction Workforce Task Force; Requiring the Department of Education to submit to the Governor and the Legislature a plan regarding recommendations by the Florida Construction Workforce Task Force by a specified date, etc.

Effective Date: Upon becoming a law
Last Action: 3/10/2018 Senate - Died in Education
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF

SB 1656: Public Educational Facilities

GENERAL BILL by Lee

Public Educational Facilities; Providing requirements for determining the capacity of facilities in certain schools as reported in the Florida Inventory of School Houses; authorizing a district school board to submit an application to the Commissioner of Education for an exemption for a facility from the State Requirements for Educational Facilities, etc.

Effective Date: 7/1/2018
Last Action: 3/10/2018 Senate - Died in Education
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF


SB 1708: Temporary Licensure

GENERAL BILL by Torres

Temporary Licensure; Providing legislative intent regarding certain professionals who evacuated from Puerto Rico during 2017; authorizing specified professionals to obtain a 2-year temporary license to work in the state, etc.

Effective Date: Upon becoming a law
Last Action: 3/10/2018 Senate - Died in Regulated Industries
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF


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SB 1772: Charter School Capital Outlay Funding

GENERAL BILL by Montford

Charter School Capital Outlay Funding; Increasing the maximum number of years for which a specified millage may be levied; requiring the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability, in conjunction with the Office of the Auditor General, to conduct certain studies and provide reports that meet specified requirements to the Governor and the Legislature by a specified date, etc.

Effective Date: 7/1/2018
Last Action: 3/10/2018 Senate - Died in Education
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF

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