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2021 Legislative Issues

HB 21: Construction Defects

GENERAL BILL by Andrade

Construction Defects; Revises cause of action requirements for statutory civil actions relating to certain violations; requires that person submit construction defect claim to warranty provider before bringing cause of action; revises provisions relating to construction defects including notice of claim requirements, inspections of property subject to claim, & service of copies of notice; requires claimant to notify mortgagee or assignee within specified timeframe after settlement or judgment of construction defect claim; requires claimant to update notice within specified timeframe under certain circumstances.

Effective Date: 7/1/2021
Last Action: 11/30/2020 House - Filed
Bill Text: PDF

HB 51: Charter Schools

GENERAL BILL by McClain

Charter Schools; Authorizes state universities & Florida College System institutions to sponsor charter schools; revises reporting & accountability requirements & populations for which charter school is authorized to limit enrollment process; provides for funding; authorizes career & professional academy to be offered by charter school.

Effective Date: 7/1/2021
Last Action: 12/9/2020 House - Filed
Bill Text: PDF

HB 53: Public Works Projects

GENERAL BILL by DiCeglie

Public Works Projects; Revises definition of term "public works project"; prohibits state or any political subdivision that contracts for public works project from requiring specified acts by certain persons engaged in such project or prohibiting certain persons from receiving information about public works opportunities.

Effective Date: 7/1/2021
Last Action: 12/10/2020 House - Filed
Bill Text: PDF

HB 55: Building Design

GENERAL BILL by Overdorf

Building Design; Provides that regulations relating to building design elements may not be applied to certain structures.

Effective Date: 7/1/2021
Last Action: 12/10/2020 House - Filed
Bill Text: PDF

HB 59: Growth Management

GENERAL BILL by McClain

Growth Management; Requires local governments to include property rights element in their comprehensive plans; provides statement of rights that local government may use; requires local government to adopt property rights element by specified date; prohibits local government's property rights element from conflicting with statutorily provided statement of rights; provides that certain property owners are not required to consent to development agreement changes; prohibits municipality from annexing specified areas; requires DOT to afford right of first refusal to certain individuals; provides requirements & procedures for right of first refusal; authorizes certain developments of regional impact agreements to be amended.

Effective Date: 7/1/2021
Last Action: 12/10/2020 House - Filed
Bill Text: PDF

HB 159: Affordable Housing Residency Requirements

GENERAL BILL by Hawkins

Affordable Housing Residency Requirements; Requires able-bodied persons residing in certain affordable housing to participate in programs & training that encourages job skills; provides maximum length of residency for certain affordable housing; provides residency be terminated upon conviction of felony.

Effective Date: 7/1/2021
Last Action: 1/4/2021 House - Filed
Bill Text: PDF

HOUSE - Withdrawn from Local Administration and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee; Post-Secondary Education and Lifelong Learning Subcommittee; State Affairs Committee

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­SB 168: Hurricane Loss Mitigation Program

GENERAL BILL by Hooper

Hurricane Loss Mitigation Program; Correcting a cross-reference; delaying the future repeal of the Hurricane Loss Mitigation Program, etc.

Effective Date: Upon becoming a law
Last Action: 12/4/2020 Senate - Filed
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF

SB 188: Solar Energy Systems Located On the Property of an Educational Facility

GENERAL BILL by Berman

Solar Energy Systems Located On the Property of an Educational Facility; Prohibiting costs associated with such systems from being included in the calculation of total cost per student station for the purpose of a limit imposed on such costs for certain new construction, etc.

Effective Date: 7/1/2021
Last Action: 12/4/2020 Senate - Filed
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF

SB 198: Solar Schools

GENERAL BILL by Berman

Solar Schools; Authorizing a public educational customer to enter into a contract for the installation, maintenance, or operation of a renewable energy source device on property owned or controlled by the public educational customer; providing that financing arrangements for such contracts are not considered retail sales of electricity; limiting the capacity of the renewable energy source device, etc.

Effective Date: 7/1/2021
Last Action: 12/7/2020 Senate - Filed
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF

SB 254: Education

GENERAL BILL by Stewart

Education; Requiring specified teachers to have received, at a minimum, a bachelor’s degree; requiring private schools to provide specified students with a certain amount of time for recess; requiring private school students to participate in the statewide assessment program; requiring private schools to comply with the State Requirements for Educational Facilities of the Florida Building Code, etc.

Effective Date: 7/1/2021
Last Action: 12/11/2020 Senate - Filed
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF

SB 268: Preemption of Local Occupational Licensing

GENERAL BILL by Perry

Preemption of Local Occupational Licensing; Preempting licensing of occupations to the state; prohibiting local governments from imposing additional licensing requirements or modifying licensing unless specified conditions are met; specifying that certain specialty contractors are not required to register with the Construction Industry Licensing Board; authorizing counties and municipalities to issue certain journeyman licenses, etc.

Effective Date: 7/1/2021
Last Action: 12/14/2020 Senate - Filed
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF

SB 270: Construction Defects

GENERAL BILL by Perry

Construction Defects; Defining the term “material violation”; requiring that a person submit a construction defect claim to the warranty provider before bringing a cause of action; requiring that a claimant submit a construction defect claim to the warranty provider before serving a notice of claim; authorizing a person served with a copy of a notice of claim to perform a reasonable inspection of the property subject to the claim; requiring, instead of authorizing, a person served with a notice to serve a copy of the notice to specified persons under certain circumstances, etc.

Effective Date: 7/1/2021
Last Action: 12/14/2020 Senate - Filed
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF

SB 284: Building Design

GENERAL BILL by Perry

Building Design; Prohibiting certain regulations relating to building design elements from being applied to certain structures; providing exceptions; defining the term “building design elements”, etc.

Effective Date: 7/1/2021
Last Action: 12/17/2020 Senate - Filed
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF

SB 286: Fire Sprinklers

GENERAL BILL by Perry

Fire Sprinklers; Revising the definition of the term "Contractor V" to authorize such fire protection system contractors to design and alter certain systems; revising the definition of the term “fire protection system”, etc.

Effective Date: 7/1/2021
Last Action: 12/17/2020 Senate - Filed
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF

HB 315: Resiliency

GENERAL BILL by LaMarca

Resiliency; Establishes Statewide Office of Resiliency within EOG; provides for appointment of Chief Resilience Officer by Governor; creates Statewide Sea-Level Rise Task Force adjunct to office; authorizes DEP to contract for specified services upon request of task force; authorizes task force to designate technical advisory groups; requires Environmental Regulation Commission to take certain action on task force recommendations; provides appropriation. APPROPRIATION: $500,000

Effective Date: 7/1/2021
Last Action: 1/19/2021 House - Filed
Bill Text: PDF

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SB 332: Unlicensed Contracting

GENERAL BILL by Perry

Unlicensed Contracting; Revising the criminal penalties for persons who engage in contracting or advertise themselves as contractors without proper registration or certification, etc.

Effective Date: 10/1/2021
Last Action: 12/18/2020 Senate - Filed
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF

HB 337: Impact Fees

GENERAL BILL by DiCeglie

Impact Fees; Specifies instances when local government or special district may collect impact fee; requires local governments & special districts to credit against collection of impact fee any contribution related to public facilities; provides annual limitations on impact fee increases; requires school districts to report specified items regarding impact fees; requires specified entities to file affidavit attesting that impact fees were appropriately collected & expended.

Effective Date: 7/1/2021
Last Action: 1/19/2021 House - Filed
Bill Text: PDF

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SB 344: Legislative Review of Occupational Regulations

GENERAL BILL by Diaz

Legislative Review of Occupational Regulations; Citing this act as the "Occupational Regulation Sunset Act"; establishing a schedule for the systematic review of occupational regulatory programs; providing for the abolition of personnel positions responsible for repealed programs; requiring the Department of Legal Affairs to prosecute or defend certain pending causes of action, etc.

Effective Date: Except as otherwise expressly provided in this act, this act shall take effect upon becoming a law
Last Action: 12/21/2020 Senate - Filed
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF

SB 378: Payment for Construction Services

GENERAL BILL by Bradley

Payment for Construction Services; Increasing the interest rate for certain payments for purchases of construction services; specifying that a person, firm, or corporation who fails to make certain payments relating to public projects commits a misapplication of constructions funds and is subject to criminal penalties; increasing the interest rate for overdue payments for the purchase of construction services; expanding the list of actions for which a licensee may be disciplined by the Construction Industry Licensing Board; requiring the board to suspend certain licenses for a minimum period of time under certain circumstances, etc.

Effective Date: 7/1/2021
Last Action: 12/22/2020 Senate - Filed
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF

HB 387: Property Assessed Clean Energy Program

GENERAL BILL by Fine

Property Assessed Clean Energy Program; Specifies that property owners may apply to PACE program for enumerated purposes; provides directives to PACE program administrators, local governments, PACE contractors regarding PACE assessment contracts on residential and commercial real properties.

Effective Date: 7/1/2021
Last Action: 1/22/2021 House - Filed
Bill Text: PDF

HB 401: Florida Building Code

GENERAL BILL by Fetterhoff

Florida Building Code; Provides that assisting living facilities are exempt from certain compliance standards; authorizes substantially affected person to file petition with Florida Building Commission to review local government regulations; provides requirements for such petition; provides requirements for commission when considering petition; requires commission to issue nonbinding advisory opinion within specified timeframe; authorizes commission to issue errata to code; prohibits local government from requiring certain contracts for issuance of building permit; requires evaluation entities that meet certain criteria to comply with certain standards.

Effective Date: 7/1/2021
Last Action: 1/25/2021 House - Filed
Bill Text: PDF

HB 471: Legislative Review of Occupational Regulations

GENERAL BILL by Rizo

Legislative Review of Occupational Regulations; Establishes schedule for systematic review & repeal of occupational regulatory programs; provides for reversion of certain unexpended funds & refund of certain unencumbered revenue of repealed program; preempts regulation of occupation to state if occupation's regulatory program has been repealed through this act.

Effective Date: upon becoming a law
Last Action: 1/26/2021 House - Filed
Bill Text: PDF

HB 473: Construction Liens and Bonds

GENERAL BILL by Toledo

Construction Liens and Bonds; Requires copy of notice of nonpayment be served on surety; prohibits person from requiring claimant or lienor to furnish waiver in exchange for or to induce payments; provides specified provisions in waivers or releases are unenforceable; revises process for notarizing forms; provides waivers apply to certain contracts; authorizes, lienor to record one claim of lien for multiple direct contracts; revises requirements for notice of commencement & notice of termination; requires service of documents to be made in specified manner; authorizes attorney fees in certain actions.

Effective Date: 7/1/2021
Last Action: 1/26/2021 House - Filed
Bill Text: PDF

SB 488: Product Evaluation

GENERAL BILL by Perry

Product Evaluation; Requiring the Florida Building Commission to approve a specified evaluation entity, etc.

Effective Date: 7/1/2021
Last Action: 1/7/2021 Senate - Filed
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF

SB 514: Resiliency

GENERAL BILL by Rodrigues

Resiliency; Establishing the Statewide Office of Resiliency within the Executive Office of the Governor; creating the Statewide Sea-Level Rise Task Force adjunct to the office; authorizing the Department of Environmental Protection to contract for specified services, upon request of the task force; requiring the Environmental Regulation Commission to take certain action on the task force’s recommendations, etc. APPROPRIATION: $500,000

Effective Date: 7/1/2021
Last Action: 1/8/2021 Senate - Filed
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF

SB 674: Tax Exemption for Affordable Housing

GENERAL BILL by Rodriguez

Tax Exemption for Affordable Housing; Authorizing counties and municipalities to adopt ordinances to grant ad valorem tax exemptions to property owners whose properties are used for the governmental or public purpose of providing affordable housing to certain persons or families; specifying procedures in the event property is transferred for other purposes; specifying procedures in the event an exemption is improperly granted as a result of certain acts by the property appraiser, etc.

Effective Date: 7/1/2021
Last Action: 1/15/2021 Senate - Filed
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF

SB 742: Insurance

GENERAL BILL by Perry

Insurance; Redefining the term “covered policy” under the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund in relation to certain collateral protection insurance policies; specifying when service of process is valid and binding upon insurers; specifying the entities that must receive requests for loss run statements; limiting loss run statement requests with respect to group health insurance policies to group policyholders; authorizing, rather than requiring, rate filings for certain residential property insurance to include certain rate factors, etc.

Effective Date: Except as otherwise expressly provided in this act, and except for this section, which shall take effect upon this act becoming a law, this act shall take effect July 1, 2021
Last Action: 1/22/2021 Senate - Filed
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF

SB 758: Fiduciary Duty of Care for Appointed Public Officials and Executive Officers

GENERAL BILL by Diaz

Fiduciary Duty of Care for Appointed Public Officials and Executive Officers; Providing a directive to the Division of Law Revision to create part IX of ch. 112, F.S.; establishing standards for the fiduciary duty of care for appointed public officials and executive officers of specified governmental entities; requiring training on board governance beginning on a specified date; requiring the Department of Business and Professional Regulation to contract for or approve a training program or publish a list of approved training providers; requiring appointed public officials and executive officers to certify their completion of the annual training, etc.

Effective Date: 7/1/2021
Last Action: 1/25/2021 Senate - Filed
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF

 

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