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2022 Legislative Issues

HB 87: Criminal History in Professional Licensing Applications

GENERAL BILL by Chambliss

Criminal History in Professional Licensing Applications; Revises period of time when conviction, or any other adjudication, for crime may not be grounds for denial of licensure in specified professions; provides exception; removes provision requiring good moral character for licensure in such professions; requires applicable board to approve certain educational program credits offered to inmates in certain institutions or facilities for purposes of satisfying training requirements for licensure in specified professions.

Effective Date: 7/1/2022
Last Action: 9/13/2021 House - Filed
Bill Text: PDF

HB 233: Acceptance of Cash Payments by Businesses

GENERAL BILL by Willhite

Acceptance of Cash Payments by Businesses; Requires certain businesses to accept cash payments for services; prohibits fees or conditions for such transactions; provides exceptions, penalties, & rulemaking authority.

Effective Date: 7/1/2022
Last Action: 10/6/2021 House - Filed
Bill Text: PDF

HB 247: Florida Main Street Program and Historic Preservation Tax Credits

GENERAL BILL by Salzman

Florida Main Street Program and Historic Preservation Tax Credits; Specifies eligibility requirements for receiving specified tax credits for taxpayers that rehabilitate certified historic structures; specifies amount of tax credits; authorizes carryforward, sale, & transfer of tax credits; provides DOR audit & examination powers; requires return of forfeited tax credits; requires DOR to provide annual reports to Legislature.

Effective Date: 7/1/2022
Last Action: 10/11/2021 House - Filed
Bill Text: PDF

SB 274: Condominium Fraud Investigation Pilot Program

GENERAL BILL by Rodriguez

Condominium Fraud Investigation Pilot Program; Creating the Condominium Fraud Investigation Pilot Program within the Department of Legal Affairs in the Office of the Attorney General; authorizing the department to contract with a private entity to achieve the purpose of the program; requiring that the pilot program be funded from the Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares, and Mobile Homes Trust Fund; providing for future repeal of the program unless reviewed and saved from repeal by the Legislature, etc.

Effective Date: 10/1/2022
Last Action: 9/21/2021 Senate - Filed
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF

HB 345: Liens and Bonds

GENERAL BILL by Overdorf

Liens and Bonds; Revises liens and bonds laws, including provisions relating to when notices must be served; notarizing forms; alternative forms of security; direct contracts; computation of time; priority of liens; requirements for notice of commencement, notice of termination, & notice of contest of lien; transferring lien to security; service of documents; immunity to issuing authority; release of liens; & authorizes attorney fees in certain actions.

Effective Date: 7/1/2022
Last Action: 10/19/2021 House - Filed
Bill Text: PDF

HB 375: Professional Structural Engineers

GENERAL BILL by Toledo

Professional Structural Engineers; Prohibits specified persons from using specified name or title; prohibits person who is not licensed professional structural engineer from using specified names & titles or practicing professional structural engineering; authorizes Board of Professional Engineers to refuse to certify applicant for professional structural engineer license for certain reasons; exempts certain applicants who apply for licensure from having to pass certain national examination; specifies acts that constitute grounds for disciplinary action, including civil penalties, against professional structural engineer.

Effective Date: 7/1/2022
Last Action: 10/20/2021 House - Filed
Bill Text: PDF

SB 394: Residential Associations

GENERAL BILL by Rodriguez

Residential Associations; Revising certification and education requirements for board directors of residential condominium associations, cooperative associations, and homeowners’ associations, respectively, etc.

Effective Date: 7/1/2022
Last Action: 10/1/2021 Senate - Filed
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF

SB 468: 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; authorizing any association, trust, or pool created for the purpose of forming a risk management mechanism or providing self-insurance for a public entity to establish a quorum and conduct public business through communications media technology; authorizing insurers to file certain insurance rating plans based on certain windstorm mitigation construction standards, if certain requirements are met; authorizing insurers to file certain insurance rating plans based on certain windstorm mitigation construction standards, if certain requirements are met, 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, 2022
Last Action: 10/13/2021 Senate - Filed
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF

SB 548: Energy

GENERAL BILL by Polsky

Energy; Establishing a tax credit for electricity produced from a renewable energy source located on an operational farm in this state; authorizing the Board of Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund to lease manmade stormwater management systems for floating solar energy systems; requiring the Public Service Commission, in consultation with the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the Department of Environmental Protection, to adopt rules for a renewable and energy efficiency portfolio standard; establishing the Residential Energy Efficiency Upgrades Program within the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for a specified purpose, etc. APPROPRIATION: $250,000

Effective Date: Except as otherwise expressly provided in this act, this act shall take effect upon becoming a law
Last Action: 10/19/2021 Senate - Filed
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF

SB 562: Military Occupational Licensure

GENERAL BILL by Cruz

Military Occupational Licensure; Requiring the Department of Business and Professional Regulation or the applicable board or program to expedite professional license applications submitted by spouses of active duty members of the Armed Forces of the United States; requiring the department to issue temporary professional licenses under certain circumstances; requiring the Department of Health or the applicable board to issue a professional license to spouses of active duty members of the Armed Forces of the United States if certain requirements are met, etc.

Effective Date: 7/1/2022
Last Action: 10/19/2021 Senate - Filed
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF

SB 600: Upgrades to Education Facilities as Emergency Shelters

GENERAL BILL by Berman

Upgrades to Education Facilities as Emergency Shelters; Exempting costs of less than $2 million associated with certain upgrades to education facilities from being included in certain cost per student station calculations; prohibiting renewable energy source devices located on the property of an education facility from generating more than a specified amount of energy; requiring costs associated with certain upgrades to be consistent with prevailing market costs in the area where the education facility is located, etc.

Effective Date: 7/1/2022
Last Action: 10/21/2021 Senate - Filed
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF

 

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