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2019 Legislative Issues

SB 78: Public Financing of Construction Projects

GENERAL BILL by Rodriguez

Public Financing of Construction Projects; Prohibiting state-financed constructors from commencing construction of certain structures in coastal areas without first conducting a sea level impact projection study and having such study published and approved by the Department of Environmental Protection; requiring the department to develop by rule standards for such studies; providing for enforcement; requiring the department to publish such studies on its website, subject to certain conditions, etc.

Effective Date: 7/1/2019
Last Action: 12/13/2018 Senate - Referred to Environment and Natural Resources; Infrastructure and Security; Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment, and General Government; Appropriations
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF


SB 142: Permit Fees

GENERAL BILL by Perry

Permit Fees; Requiring the governing bodies of counties and municipalities to post their permit and inspection fee schedules and building permit and inspection utilization reports on their websites; requiring certain governing bodies of local governments to post their building permit and inspection utilization reports on their websites by a specified date, etc.

Effective Date: 7/1/2019
Last Action: 12/12/2018 Senate - Filed
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF


HB 101: Retainage

GENERAL BILL by Andrade

Retainage; Revises amounts that public entity may withhold from progress payment to contractor as retainage until & after 50-percent completion of construction services; provides that contractor may elect to withhold retainage from payments to its subcontractors at higher rate after 50-percent completion of construction services.

Effective Date: 7/1/2019
Last Action: 12/17/2018 House - Filed
Bill Text: PDF


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HB 167: Local Government Public Construction Works

GENERAL BILL by Andrade

Local Government Public Construction Works; Requires governing board of local government to consider estimated costs of certain projects using generally accepted cost-accounting principles that account for specified costs when making specified determination; requires estimated total construction project costs for certain projects to include specified costs.

Effective Date: 7/1/2019
Last Action: 1/3/2019 House - Filed
Bill Text: PDF


HB 169: Public Financing of Construction Projects

GENERAL BILL by Fernandez

Public Financing of Construction Projects; Prohibits state-financed constructors from commencing construction of certain structures in coastal areas without first conducting sea level impact projection study & having such study published & approved by DEP; requires department to develop by rule standards for such studies; provides for enforcement; requires department to publish such studies on its website; requires department to enforce certain requirements & to adopt rules.

Effective Date: 7/1/2019
Last Action: 1/3/2019 House - Filed
Bill Text: PDF


HB 215: District School Taxes

GENERAL BILL by Valdes

District School Taxes; Authorizes district school board to levy up to 2.0 mills, rather than 1.5 mills, for specified purposes by supermajority vote of school board.

Effective Date: 7/1/2019
Last Action: 1/16/2019 House - Referred to PreK-12 Quality Subcommittee; Ways and Means Committee; Education Committee
Bill Text: PDF


SB 294: Educational Facilities

GENERAL BILL by Montford

Educational Facilities; Authorizing a school district, in the absence of a survey recommendation, to use funds from a taxpayer-approved bond referendum to fund construction of educational, auxiliary, or ancillary facilities and to use funds from a specified district school tax for certain capital outlay purposes; prohibiting a district school board from using funds from any source, other than specified local sources, for certain new construction of educational plant space; revising the costs that may not be included in calculating the cost per student station, etc.

Effective Date: Upon becoming a law
Last Action: 1/25/2019 Senate - Referred to Education; Community Affairs; Appropriations
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF


HB 351: Construction Contracting Qualifications

GENERAL BILL by Ausley

Construction Contracting Qualifications; Revises requirements for subcontractor who is not certified or registered to perform construction work under supervision of person who is certified or registered.

Effective Date: 7/1/2019
Last Action: 1/30/2019 House - Referred to Business and Professions Subcommittee; Local, Federal and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee; Commerce Committee
Bill Text: PDF


HB 357: Consumer Protection

GENERAL BILL by Hage ; (CO-INTRODUCERS) Hill

Consumer Protection; Reduces time period within which contractors must perform substantial work on residential real property after receiving initial payment for such work & during which the contractor may refuse to perform substantial work on such property; removes exemption from permitting requirements for certain solicitors, salespersons, & agents.

Effective Date: 7/1/2019
Last Action: 1/30/2019 House - Referred to Business and Professions Subcommittee; Civil Justice Subcommittee; Commerce Committee
Bill Text: PDF


SB 446: Coastal Management

GENERAL BILL by Mayfield ; (CO-INTRODUCERS) Hutson

Coastal Management; Revising the criteria the Department of Environmental Protection must consider in determining and assigning annual funding priorities for beach management and erosion control projects; revising the ranking criteria to be used by the department to establish certain funding priorities for certain inlet-caused beach erosion projects; revising requirements for the comprehensive long-term management plan; requiring the plan to include a strategic beach management plan, a critically eroded beaches report, and a statewide long-range budget plan, etc.

Effective Date: Except as otherwise expressly provided in this act, this act shall take effect July 1, 2019
Last Action: 1/23/2019 Senate - Filed
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF


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HB 447: Open and Expired Building Permits

GENERAL BILL by Diamond

Open and Expired Building Permits; Provides requirements related to open & expired permits, including permit requirements, closing of permits, amendment of Florida Building Code, powers of local governmental entities, applicability, & notice requirements.

Effective Date: 10/1/2019
Last Action: 1/22/2019 House - Filed
Bill Text: PDF


SB 490: Statewide Procurement Efficiency Task Force

GENERAL BILL by Albritton

Statewide Procurement Efficiency Task Force; Creating the task force to evaluate procurement laws and policies and make specified recommendations; specifying membership of the task force; providing for administrative and technical support of the task force; requiring task force members to serve without compensation or reimbursement of expenses, etc.

Effective Date: 7/1/2019
Last Action: 1/24/2019 Senate - Filed
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF


HB 679: Legislative Review of Proposed Regulation of Unregulated Functions

GENERAL BILL by Hage

Legislative Review of Proposed Regulation of Unregulated Functions; Provides that certain requirements must be met before adoption of regulation of unregulated profession or occupation or substantial expansion of regulation of regulated profession or occupation; requires first legislative committee to which such legislation is referred to evaluate legislation & make certain determinations; requires state agency to provide certain information to Legislature within certain time period.

Effective Date: 7/1/2019
Last Action: 2/6/2019 House - Filed
Bill Text: PDF


HB 715: Florida Building Code Enforcement

GENERAL BILL by Robinson

Florida Building Code Enforcement; Prohibits local government from carrying forward more than specified amount of unexpended revenue; revises requirements for expenditure of certain unexpended revenue.
Effective Date: 7/1/2019
Last Action: 2/7/2019 House - Filed
Bill Text:­­ ­PDF


HB 775: Construction Industry Workforce

GENERAL BILL by Leek

Construction Industry Workforce; Requires certain funds to be used for specified purposes.

Effective Date: 7/1/2019
Last Action: 2/13/2019 House - Filed
Bill Text: PDF


HB 801: Tiny Homes

GENERAL BILL by Eskamani

Tiny Homes; Requires Florida Building Commission to adopt certain regulations & standards; provides for incorporation of certain codes into Florida Building Code.

Effective Date: 7/1/2019
Last Action: 2/13/2019 House - Filed
Bill Text: PDF


SB 806: Local Government Public Construction Works

GENERAL BILL by Perry

Local Government Public Construction Works; Requiring the governing board of a local government to consider estimated costs of certain projects using generally accepted cost-accounting principles that account for specified costs when making a specified determination; requiring that a local government that performs projects using its own services, employees, and equipment disclose the actual costs of the project after completion to the Auditor General; requiring estimated total construction project costs for certain projects to include specified costs, etc.

Effective Date: 7/1/2019
Last Action: 2/6/2019 Senate - Filed
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF


HB 827: Engineering

GENERAL BILL by Toledo

Engineering; Authorizes Board of Professional Engineers to establish standards of practice & responsibility rules for profession of engineering; revises prerequisites to take an examination to determine qualification to practice as an engineer; revises licensure certification requirements; revises requirements for licensure by endorsement; requires board to deny license under certain circumstances; requires board to establish certain training & education requirements for certain qualified representatives; provides that successor engineer assumes full professional & legal responsibility by signing or affixing his or her seal to certain documents; requires that structural inspections on threshold building be performed during new construction or during certain repair or restoration projects.

Effective Date: 10/1/2019
Last Action: 2/13/2019 House - Filed
Bill Text: PDF


SB 882: Restraints of Trade or Commerce

GENERAL BILL by Gruters

Restraints of Trade or Commerce; Revising the requirements for a contract that restricts or prohibits competition; redefining the term “legitimate business interest” to include only interests related to intellectual property, etc.

Effective Date: 7/1/2019
Last Action: 2/7/2019 Senate - Filed
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF


HB 889: Educational Facilities

GENERAL BILL by Buchanan

Educational Facilities; Authorizes school districts to use specified fund for construction of certain facilities & certain capital outlay purposes; revises provisions relating to cost per student stations & construction funding; directs OEDR to update a certain report.

Effective Date: upon becoming a law
Last Action: 2/18/2019 House - Filed
Bill Text: PDF


HB 911: Construction Defects

GENERAL BILL by Santiago

Construction Defects; Removes provisions relating to compliance & actions, notice & opportunity to repair, & contract provisions & application; requires parties to construction defect claim to participate in mandatory nonbinding arbitration within specified time; authorizes any party to agree that arbitration is binding; provides award requirements.

Effective Date: 7/1/2019
Last Action: 2/19/2019 House - Filed
Bill Text: PDF


SB 924: Occupational Licensing

GENERAL BILL by Albritton

Occupational Licensing; Requiring the Department of Business and Professional Regulation and the Department of Health, respectively, to grant an application for licensure if the applicant has completed an apprenticeship and met other specified requirements; requiring the department to establish the grade necessary for an applicant who has completed an apprenticeship to receive a passing grade for an examination, etc.

Effective Date: 1/1/2020
Last Action: 2/11/2019 Senate - Filed
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF

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SB 1056: Florida Disaster Resilience Task Force

GENERAL BILL by Rodriguez

Florida Disaster Resilience Task Force; Establishing the task force adjunct to the Department of Environmental Protection; providing the purpose and membership of the task force; requiring the appointees to be experts from specified subject areas, etc.

Effective Date: 7/1/2019
Last Action: 2/14/2019 Senate - Filed
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF


SB 1092: Reduction of Construction Contracting Fraud

GENERAL BILL by Albritton

Reduction of Construction Contracting Fraud; Deleting an intent requirement for contractor fraud offenses; revising criminal penalties for contractor fraud offenses; revising the maximum amount of a prospective buyer’s deposit for a residential dwelling which must be put into escrow; requiring escrow of certain payments received for the improvement of real property, etc.

Effective Date: 7/1/2019
Last Action: 2/15/2019 Senate - Filed
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF


SB 1200: Construction Bonds

GENERAL BILL by Stargel

Construction Bonds; Requiring a notice of nonpayment to be verified; deeming contractors to be insureds or beneficiaries in relation to bonds for construction contracts; 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: 10/1/2019
Last Action: 2/19/2019 Senate - Filed
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF


SB 1246: Construction Defects

GENERAL BILL by Wright

Construction Defects; Requiring courts to require parties in actions involving construction defects to take part in nonbinding arbitration; authorizing parties to agree to be bound by the arbitration award; requiring a jury verdict and a final judgment to contain specified information in certain proceedings, etc.

Effective Date: 7/1/2019
Last Action: 2/20/2019 Senate - Filed
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF


HB 6025: Charter Schools Capital Outlay Funding

GENERAL BILL by Newton

Charter Schools Capital Outlay Funding; Repeals provisions relating to charter schools capital outlay funding.

Effective Date: 7/1/2019
Last Action: 1/31/2019 House - Filed
Bill Text: PDF


 

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