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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:­2/17/2021 House - Favorable by Civil Justice & Property Rights Subcommittee
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:­1/15/2021 House - Referred to Post-Secondary Education and Lifelong Learning Subcommittee; PreK-12 Appropriations Subcommittee; Early Learning and Elementary Education Subcommittee; Education and Employment Committee
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:­ 2/19/2021 House - CS 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:­2/17/2021 House - Now in Local Administration & Veterans Affairs Subcommittee
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: 2/22/2021 House - Now in State Affairs Committee
Bill Text: PDF

HB 65: Regulatory Reform

GENERAL BILL­by­Sabatini

Regulatory Reform;­Establishes Red Tape Reduction Advisory Council within EOG; requires agency adopting rule to submit rule replacement request to Administrative Procedures Committee; requires committee to establish regulatory baseline of agency rules; provides that proposed rule may not cause total number of rules to exceed regulatory baseline; prohibits committee from approving exemption requests or certain rule replacement requests until certain conditions are met.

Effective Date: 7/1/2021
Last Action:­1/15/2021 House - Referred to Government Operations Subcommittee; Appropriations Committee; State Affairs Committee­
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: 1/25/2021: Withdrawn prior to introduction
Bill Text: PDF

­SB 152: Regulatory Reform

GENERAL BILL­by­Diaz

Regulatory Reform;­Establishing the Red Tape Reduction Advisory Council within the Executive Office of the Governor; requiring an agency adopting a rule to submit a rule replacement request to the Administrative Procedures Committee; requiring the committee to examine rule replacement requests and existing rules; requiring the Administrative Procedures Committee to establish a regulatory baseline of agency rules; providing that a proposed rule may not cause the total number of rules to exceed the regulatory baseline, etc

Effective Date: Upon becoming a law
Last Action:­12/9/2020 Senate - Referred to Governmental Oversight and Accountability; Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment, and General Government; Appropriations; Rules
Bill Text:­Web Page­|­PDF­

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:­7/1/2021
Last Action:­1/25/2021 Senate - On Committee agenda-- Banking and Insurance, 02/02/21, 3:30 pm, 412 Knott Building
Bill Text: 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:­12/15/2020 Senate - Referred to Education; Appropriations Subcommittee on Education; Appropriations
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: 1/22/2021: Withdrawn prior to introduction
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:­12/21/2020 Senate - Referred to Education; Appropriations Subcommittee on Education; Appropriations
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:­12/21/2020 Senate - Referred to Regulated Industries; Community Affairs; Rules
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:­12/21/2020 Senate - Referred to Judiciary; Community Affairs; Rules
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:­SENATE - CS by Community Affairs; YEAS 6 NAYS 3
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:­1/11/2021 Senate - Referred to Regulated Industries; Banking and Insurance; Rules
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

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:­1/11/2021 Senate - Referred to Regulated Industries; Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice; Appropriations
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:

HOUSE - Laid on Table under Rule 7.18(a)

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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:­SENATE - CS by Governmental Oversight and Accountability; YEAS 5 NAYS 0
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: 2/17/2021 Senate - Pending reference review under Rule 4.7(2) - (Committee Substitute)
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 423: Hurricane Loss Mitigation Program

GENERAL BILL­by­Tuck

Hurricane Loss Mitigation Program;­Delays future repeal of Hurricane Loss Mitigation Program.

Effective Date: Upon becoming law
Last Action:­1/26/2021 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:­1/15/2021 Senate - Referred to Community Affairs; Regulated Industries; Rules
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF

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SB 496: Growth Management

GENERAL BILL by­Perry

Growth Management;­Specifying requirements for certain comprehensive plans effective, rather than adopted, after a specified date and for associated land development regulations; requiring local governments to include a property rights element in their comprehensive plans; prohibiting a local government’s property rights element from conflicting with the statement of rights contained in the act; providing that the consent of certain property owners is not required for development agreement changes under certain circumstances; requiring the Department of Transportation to afford a right of first refusal to certain individuals under specified circumstances, etc.

Effective Date: 7/1/2021
Last Action:­1/15/2021 Senate - Referred to Community Affairs; Judiciary; Rules
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

2/15/2021 Senate • Favorable by Environment and Natural Resources; YEAS 6 NAYS 0

Last Action: 2/15/2021 Senate - Now in Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment, and General Government
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF

HB 551: Solar Energy Systems Located on the Property of an Educational Facility

GENERAL BILL by Hardy

Solar Energy Systems Located on the Property of an Educational Facility; Prohibits costs associated with such systems from being included in calculations of total cost per student station for purposes of limits imposed on costs for certain new construction.

Effective Date: 7/1/2021
Last Action: 1/28/2021 House - Filed
Bill Text: PDF

SB 572: Engineers

GENERAL BILL by Baxley

Engineers; Prohibiting a person who is not licensed as an engineer from using a specified name or title; prohibiting, after a specified date, a person who is not a licensed professional structural engineer from using specified names and titles or practicing professional structural engineering; authorizing the Board of Professional Engineers to refuse to certify an applicant for a professional structural engineer license for certain reasons; exempting certain applicants who apply for licensure before a specified date from having to pass a certain national examination, under certain conditions; specifying acts that constitute grounds for disciplinary action, including civil penalties, against a professional structural engineer, etc.

Effective Date: 7/1/2021
Last Action:
SENATE - Favorable by Commerce and Tourism; YEAS 11 NAYS 0
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF

SB 574: Fees/Professional Structural Engineer Licensing

GENERAL BILL by Baxley

Fees/Professional Structural Engineer Licensing; Authorizing the Board of Professional Engineers to establish fees relating to professional structural engineer licensing; requiring applicants to pay a specified fee in order to be eligible to receive a professional structural engineer license, etc.

Effective Date: On the same date that SB 572 or similar legislation takes effect, if such legislation is adopted in the same legislative session or an extension thereof and becomes a law
Last Action:
SENATE - Favorable by Commerce and Tourism; YEAS 11 NAYS 0
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF

HB 585: Payment for Construction Services

GENERAL BILL by DiCeglie

Payment for Construction Services; Increases interest rate for certain payments for purchases of construction services; specifies that person, firm, or corporation who fails to make certain payments relating to public projects commits misapplication of constructions funds & is subject to criminal penalties; expands list of actions for which licensee may be disciplined by Construction Industry Licensing Board; requires board to suspend certain licenses for minimum period of time; specifies that certain licensed contractor, subcontractor, sub-subcontractor, or other person is subject to certain discipline if convicted of misapplication of construction funds.

Effective Date: 7/1/2021
Last Action: 1/29/2021 House - Filed
Bill Text: PDF

HB 641: Charter and Private Schools

GENERAL BILL by Goff-Marcil

Charter and Private Schools; Provides requirements for charter school websites; requires specified teachers to meet specified requirements; requires charter school facilities & private schools to comply with State Requirements for Educational Facilities of Florida Building Code; revises information required to be included in specified database relating to private schools; provides requirements for private school recess; requires private school students to participate in statewide assessment program; provides private school curricula requirements; provides for injunctive relief; authorizes attorney fees & costs; provides requirements for private school grading & assessments; requires DOE to annually develop private school report card.

Effective Date: 7/1/2021
Last Action: 2/1/2021 House - Filed
Bill Text: 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:­1/28/2021 Senate - Referred to Community Affairs; Finance and Tax; Appropriations
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:­1/28/2021 Senate - Referred to Banking and Insurance; Judiciary; Appropriations
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF

SB 750: Impact Fees

GENERAL BILL­by­Gruters

Impact Fees;­Specifying instances when a local government or special district may collect an impact fee; requiring local governments and special districts to credit against the collection of impact fees any contribution related to public facilities; providing annual limitations on impact fee rate increases; requiring school districts to report specified items regarding impact fees, etc.

Effective Date:­7/1/2021
Last Action:­1/28/2021 Senate - Referred to Community Affairs; Finance and Tax; Appropriations
Bill Text:­Web Page­|­PDF
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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: SENATE - CS by Community Affairs; YEAS 9 NAYS 0
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF

SB 788: State Contracting

GENERAL BILL by Cruz

State Contracting; Prohibiting vendors that default or otherwise fail to fulfill terms and conditions of a state contract from submitting a bid, proposal, or reply, or entering into or renewing a contract, to provide any goods or services to an agency after placement on the suspended vendor list; prohibiting an agency from accepting any bids, proposals, or replies from, or entering into or renewing any contract with, any suspended vendor until certain conditions are met; requiring an agency to notify the Department of Management Services of, and provide certain information regarding, any such vendors, etc.

Effective Date: 7/1/2021
Last Action: 1/28/2021 Senate - Referred to Governmental Oversight and Accountability; Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment, and General Government; Appropriations
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF

CS/CS/SB 856: Express Preemption of Fuel Retailers and Related Transportation Infrastructure

GENERAL BILL by Community Affairs ; Regulated Industries ; Hutson

Express Preemption of Fuel Retailers and Related Transportation Infrastructure; Prohibiting a municipality, county, special district, or political subdivision from taking certain actions to prohibit the siting, development, or redevelopment of fuel retailers and the related transportation infrastructure and from requiring fuel retailers to install or invest in a particular fueling infrastructure, etc.

Effective Date: Upon becoming a law
Last Action: 3/18/2021 Senate - CS/CS by Community Affairs read 1st time -SJ 276
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF

HB 891: Engineering Services During State of Emergency

GENERAL BILL by Tuck

Engineering Services During State of Emergency; Provides immunity from liability for professional engineers, registered architects, certified structures specialists, & other specified persons while voluntarily providing engineering services during declared state of emergency.

Effective Date: 7/1/2021
Last Action: 2/10/2021 House - Filed
Bill Text: PDF

HB 931: Engineers

GENERAL BILL by Toledo

Engineers; Prohibits person who is not licensed as an engineer 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: 7/1/2021
Last Action: 2/11/2021 House - Filed
Bill Text: PDF

HB 933: Fees

GENERAL BILL by Learned ; Toledo ; (CO-INTRODUCERS) Tant

Fees; Authorizes Board of Professional Engineers to establish fees relating to professional structural engineer licensing; requires applicants to pay specified fee in order to be eligible to receive professional structural engineer license.

Effective Date: on the same date that HB 931 or similar legislation takes effect
Last Action: 2/22/2021 House - Now in Regulatory Reform Subcommittee
Bill Text: PDF

HB 953: Criminal History in Professional Licensing Applications

GENERAL BILL by Chambliss ; Plakon

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; removes provision requiring good moral character for licensure of such professions; requires applicable board to approve certain education program credits offered to inmates in certain institutions or facilities to satisfy training requirements for licensure in specified professions.

Effective Date: 7/1/2021
Last Action: 2/12/2021 House - Filed
Bill Text: PDF

HB 993: Energy

GENERAL BILL by Skidmore

Energy; Provides DEM requirements related to statewide emergency shelter plan; provides life-cycle cost analysis of alternative architectural & engineering designs & major equipment retrofits for certain state-owned facilities requirements; requires Office of Energy to develop certain rules; requires DACS to develop & maintain greenhouse gas registry & inventory; requires state & local governmental entities, state universities, Florida College System institutions, utilities, & certain businesses to track & report greenhouse gas emissions data; creates Resilient Farms Pilot Program within DACS; establishes Farm Renewable & Efficiency Demonstrations Program within DACS; provides rulemaking authority. APPROPRIATION: $15,250,000

Effective Date: upon becoming a law
Last Action: 2/15/2021 House - Filed
Bill Text: PDF

HB 1017: Fees for the Enforcement of Florida Building Code

GENERAL BILL by Rayner

Fees for the Enforcement of Florida Building Code; Authorizes local governments to waive certain fees for development, construction, or rehabilitation of affordable housing.

Effective Date: 7/1/2021
Last Action: 2/16/2021 House - Filed
Bill Text: PDF

HB 1059: Application for and Issuance of Building Permits

GENERAL BILL by Robinson, W.

Application for and Issuance of Building Permits; Requires county that issues building permits & local enforcement agency to post certain information on their websites; authorizes all components to completed application be submitted electronically or in person; requires local enforcement agency, local government, or local building department to reduce permit fee by specified amount for failing to meet certain deadlines; prohibits authority that issues building permit from requiring applicant to provide specified contracts as part of application for certain construction.

Effective Date: 10/1/2021
Last Action: 2/17/2021 House - Filed
Bill Text: PDF

SB 1060: Limitation of Liability for Voluntary Engineering Services

GENERAL BILL by Bradley

Limitation of Liability for Voluntary Engineering Services; Defining the term “structures specialist”; exempting engineers, architects, and structures specialists from liability for certain voluntary engineering services under certain circumstances, etc.

Effective Date: 7/1/2021
Last Action: SENATE - CS/CS by Regulated Industries; YEAS 8 NAYS 0
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF

HB 1131: University Construction Management

GENERAL BILL by Truenow

University Construction Management; Authorizes state university board of trustees to use other factors, including price, for selection of construction or program management entity; requires certain procedures to conform to specified requirements; deletes provisions requiring adoption of certain uniform rules & prohibiting boards from modifying rules.

Effective Date: 7/1/2021
Last Action: 2/18/2021 House - Filed
Bill Text: PDF

SB 1146: Florida Building Code

GENERAL BILL by Brodeur

Florida Building Code; Prohibiting the Department of Health from requiring that pools serving assisted living facilities be compliant with rules relating to swimming pool lifeguards; authorizing a substantially affected person to file a petition with the Florida Building Commission to review certain local government regulations, laws, ordinances, policies, amendments, or land use or zoning provisions; prohibiting a local government from requiring certain contracts for the application for or issuance of a building permit, etc.

Effective Date: 7/1/2021
Last Action: 2/8/2021 Senate - Filed
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF

SJR 1182: Limitation on the Assessment of Real Property/Residential Purposes

JOINT RESOLUTION by Brandes

Limitation on the Assessment of Real Property/Residential Purposes; Proposing amendments to the State Constitution, effective January 1, 2023, to authorize the Legislature, by general law, to prohibit the consideration of any change or improvement made to real property used for residential purposes to improve the property’s resistance to flood damage in determining the assessed value of such property for ad valorem taxation purposes, etc.

Last Action: 2/9/2021 Senate - Filed
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF

SB 1186: Property Assessments for Elevated Properties

GENERAL BILL by Brandes

Property Assessments for Elevated Properties; Specifying that changes to elevate certain homestead and nonhomestead residential property, respectively, do not increase the assessed value of the property under certain circumstances; requiring property owners to provide certification for such property; prohibiting certain areas from being included in square footage calculation, etc.

Effective Date: On the effective date of the amendment to the State Constitution proposed by SJR 1182 or a similar joint resolution having substantially the same specific intent and purpose, if such amendment to the State Constitution is approved at the general election held in November 2022 or at an earlier special election specifically authorized by law for that purpose
Last Action: 2/9/2021 Senate - Filed
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF

SR 1190: Infrastructure Solutions/Climate Resilience

RESOLUTION by Farmer

Infrastructure Solutions/Climate Resilience; Expressing the Legislature’s support for investment in 21st century resilient infrastructure solutions, projects, and policy proposals to support long-term climate resilience, which includes a reduction of pollution and the development of clean energy systems, clean transportation options, flood protections, and other improvements in neighborhood livability, etc.

Last Action: 2/10/2021 Senate - Filed
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF

SB 1226: State Contracting

GENERAL BILL by Jones

State Contracting; Requiring an agency subject to ch. 287, F.S., to require any vendor awarded a competitively solicited contract for commodities or contractual services to use certified minority, woman-owned, or veteran-owned business enterprises as subcontractors or subvendors for a specified portion of the contract value; requiring a vendor to identify subcontractors or subvendors when bidding for such a contract; requiring the vendor to report certain information regarding subcontractors or subvendors upon performance or completion of the contract, etc.

Effective Date: 7/1/2021
Last Action: 2/11/2021 Senate - Filed
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF

HB 1577: Building Construction Standards

GENERAL BILL by McClain

Building Construction Standards; Requires Florida Building Commission to approve specified evaluation entity for product evaluation & approval.

Effective Date: 7/1/2021
Last Action: 3/1/2021 House - Filed
Bill Text: PDF

SB 1600: Public Construction Contracts

GENERAL BILL by Cruz

Public Construction Contracts; Requiring a contractor who responds to a solicitation for a vertical construction project, as part of the bid, to certify certain information regarding the usage of apprentice or on-the-job training labor for the project; specifying the minimum percentage of apprentice labor required on the vertical construction project; requiring the contractor to submit a written notification of its inability to meet the labor requirement to the awarding body for its determination of whether a good faith effort existed; requiring the Department of Management Services to develop a form that the contractor must submit to document compliance with the requirements, etc.

Effective Date: 7/1/2021
Last Action: 2/24/2021 Senate - Filed
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF

HB 1623: Climate and Resiliency Task Force

GENERAL BILL by Diamond

Climate and Resiliency Task Force; Requires Commissioner of Insurance Regulation to convene Climate & Resiliency Task Force for specified purposes; provides duties of task force; requires report to Governor, Cabinet, & Legislature.

Effective Date: 7/1/2021
Last Action: 3/2/2021 House - 1st Reading (Original Filed Version)
Bill Text: PDF

SB 1872: Insurance-based Climate-change Task Force

GENERAL BILL by Rouson

Insurance-based Climate-change Task Force; Requiring the Commissioner of Insurance Regulation to convene a task force for specified purposes; requiring the task force to deliver a biennial report beginning on a certain date, etc.

Effective Date: 7/1/2021
Last Action: 2/26/2021 Senate - Filed
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF

SB 1954: Statewide Flooding and Sea-level Rise Resilience

GENERAL BILL by Rodrigues

Statewide Flooding and Sea-level Rise Resilience; Establishing the Resilient Florida Grant Program within the Department of Environmental Protection; requiring the department to develop a Statewide Flooding and Sea-Level Rise Resilience Plan and annually submit the plan to the Governor and Legislature by a specified date; establishing the Florida Flood Hub for Applied Research and Innovation within the University of South Florida College of Marine Science for a specified purpose; requiring the Office of Economic and Demographic Research to include specified information relating to inland and coastal flood control in certain assessments, etc.

Effective Date: Upon becoming a law
Last Action:
SENATE - CS by Environment and Natural Resources; YEAS 6 NAYS 0
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF

SB 1994: Discretionary Sales Surtaxes

GENERAL BILL by Taddeo

Discretionary Sales Surtaxes; Authorizing a county to levy a local government infrastructure surtax for the purposes of mitigating the adverse effects of sea-level rise and flooding if certain conditions are met; prescribing the form of a ballot statement for the surtax; providing for distribution of the proceeds from the surtax; providing that the surtax does not affect the levy of other local government infrastructure surtaxes, etc.

Effective Date: 7/1/2021
Last Action: 3/1/2021 Senate - Filed
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF

HB 7019: Statewide Flooding and Sea Level Rise Resilience

GENERAL BILL by Environment, Agriculture and Flooding Subcommittee ; Busatta Cabrera

Statewide Flooding and Sea Level Rise Resilience; Establishes Resilient Florida Grant Program within DEP to fund costs of community resilience planning; requires DEP to complete data set & assessment, develop Statewide Flooding & Sea Level Rise Resilience Plan, & submit plan to Governor & Legislature; requires water management districts to submit proposed projects to DEP; provides for legislative funding of certain projects; authorizes local governments to create regional resilience coalitions; establishes Florida Flood Hub for Applied Research & Innovation within USF; requires hub to submit report to Governor & Legislature; requires OEDR to include flood control information in certain assessments.

Effective Date: upon becoming a law
Last Action: 3/9/2021 House - 1st Reading (Original Filed Version)
Bill Text: PDF

HB 7021: Resilient Florida Trust Fund/DEP

TRUST FUND/GENERAL BILL by Environment, Agriculture and Flooding Subcommittee ; Busatta Cabrera

Resilient Florida Trust Fund/DEP; Creates Resilient Florida Trust Fund within DEP; provides for purpose of fund; provides for future review & termination or re-creation of fund.

Effective Date: on the same date that HB 7019 or similar legislation takes effect
Last Action: 3/9/2021 House - 1st Reading (Original Filed Version)
Bill Text: PDF

SPB 7050: OGSR/Unsolicited Proposals

PROPOSED BILL by Community Affairs

OGSR/Unsolicited Proposals; Amending a provision relating to an exemption from public records requirements for unsolicited proposals and meetings discussing such proposals; removing the scheduled repeal of the exemption, etc.

Effective Date: 10/1/2021
Last Action: 2/26/2021 Senate - On Committee agenda-- Community Affairs, 03/03/21, 9:30 am, 37 Senate Building
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF

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