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2017 Key Legislation

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To access the AIA Florida issue brief and position on any topic below, just click the title of the legislation.­

Suits Against Design and Construction Firms­

SB 204 (Passidomo)/HB377 (Leek) clarifies that the date of completion for a construction contract is the last day that the contractor, architect or engineer performs services related to the contract.­

SB204- Senator Passidomo (R-Naples)
Referrals:­JudiciaryRegulated IndustriesRules
Last Action: 4/7/2017 Now in Rules

HB377- Representative Leek (R-Daytona Beach)
Referrals: Civil Justice and Claims Subcommittee­(Yeas 15 Nays 0); Agriculture and Property Rights Subcommittee­(14 Yeas 0 Nays); Judiciary Committee­(Yeas 16 Nays 0)
Last Action: SIGNED INTO LAW effective July 1, 2017

Key: AIA Florida SUPPORTS this legislation.­

Florida Building Commission

Proposed SB7000/HB901 would require the Florida Building Commission (FBC) 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 three years.­

SB7000- Community Affairs­
Referrals: Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government; Appropriations­
Last Action:SIGNED INTO LAW


HB901- Representative McClain (R-Ocala)
Referrals: Careers and Competition Subcommittee; Commerce Committee
Last Action: PASSED­awaiting Governor's approval.

Key: AIA Florida OPPOSES this legislation in its current form, however supports clauses in the bill removing current sunsetting provisions in section 553.73(7)(g).

See AIA Florida's position on SB7000 ­ ­| ­ ­See the Building Officials' Position on SB7000

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Consultants' Competitive Negotiation Act

The Consultants' Competitive Negotiation act was enacted by the Florida Legislature in 1973. This qualifications-based public procurement system for professional design services continues to be the gold standard for states across the country.

HB789 amends the Consultants’ Competitive Negotiation Act (CCNA) FS 287.055 by adding so-called “best value” language requiring each of the firms selected as most qualified to submit a compensation proposals to be weighted up to 50% of the total evaluation criteria. Obviously, compensation proposal during this first phase in the process are impossible to calculate. The bill also creates a “round robin” effect by allowing procurement agents to reopen negotiations with firms after they’ve moved onto the lower ranked firms and creates a bidding war. These changes gut the qualifications based selection processes.

HB789- Representative Stone (R-Ocala)
Referrals: Oversight, Transparency and Administration Subcommittee; Govenment Accountability Committee
Last Action: FAILED

Key: AIA Florida OPPOSES this legislation.­

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