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Florida Realtors Legislative Update - 4/1 - 4/7

Apr 04, 2019

Fifth Week of Session and Bills are Moving

“It is not the state’s responsibility that if you go into a salon, you get a great experience.” 

- Rep. Blaise Ingoglia, speaking on his bill to deregulate some professions

With week four of the 2019 legislative session in the rearview mirror, Realtors should be feeling very good about several legislative priorities.

 Both of our supported open and expired building permits bills cleared their second committee stops with zero votes against. SB 902 passed out of the Innovation, Industry and Technology Committee on a 10 – 0 vote and now moves on to its final committee stop, the Rules Committee. HB 447 passed out of the Local, Federal and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on a 14 – 0 vote and now moves on to its final committee, the Commerce Committee.

 We also saw more positive movement of our supported House AOB reform bill, HB 7065. It was voted favorably out of the Judiciary Committee on a 14 – 3 vote and will now move to the House floor for a full vote.

 Additionally, we have good news for our supported House remote notary bill. HB 409 is moving on to its final committee stop, the Judiciary Committee, following a 10 – 1 vote in the Transportation and Tourism Appropriations Subcommittee.

 And finally, we saw the first action on our supported House vacation rental bill, HB 987. It passed the Business and Professions Subcommittee on a 10 – 5 vote. Its companion, SB 824, was expected to be heard this past week in the Innovation, Industry and Technology Committee, but time ran out. We expect the bill to be heard in the Senate at a later date.

 In terms of what to expect in week five, it is going to be a busy one again. SB 548, our supported remote notaries bill on the Senate side, is scheduled to be heard today at 4:00 p.m. in the Judiciary Committee. We will also see our supported House vacation rental bill, HB 987, receive its second bout of committee action in as many weeks. It will be up today at noon in the Government Operations and Technology Appropriations Subcommittee.

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 Priority Bills We Are Watching

Stay up to date on the legislative priorities we are actively supporting this session.

Private Property Rights/Vacation Rentals

 *   SB 824<https://www.votervoice.net/BroadcastLinks/_sGfDKwVqQAQffs-WAcsKg> - Preempting the regulation of vacation rentals to the state.

*   Current status: In Innovation, Industry and Technology Committee waiting to be placed on the agenda.

 *   HB 987<https://www.votervoice.net/BroadcastLinks/4MbgYdYQi5LQ2hX5nLbaBA> - Companion bill to SB 824.

 *   Current status: On Government Operations and Technology Appropriations Subcommittee agenda for 4/1/2019 at 12:00 p.m.

Open and Expired Building Permits

  *   HB 447<https://www.votervoice.net/BroadcastLinks/KCKCqcpCsiWQ_IEChdRjgQ> - Provides requirements related to open and expired permits.

 *   Current status: In Commerce Committee waiting to be placed on the agenda.

  *   SB 902<https://www.votervoice.net/BroadcastLinks/pLcjFSnYmI2sNcGyIFBvRg> - Companion bill to HB 447.

*   Current status: In Rules Committee waiting to be placed on the agenda.

Assignment of Benefits (AOB)

 *   SB 122<https://www.votervoice.net/BroadcastLinks/fFFukFLLSngXdAFMpPXOxg> - Attorney fee awards under insurance policies and contracts.

 *   Current status: In Rules Committee waiting to be placed on the agenda.

 *   HB 7065<https://www.votervoice.net/BroadcastLinks/KBbHvvCJUtRab9ZSWfJbug> – companion bill to SB 122.

*   Current status: Waiting for floor vote.

Online Remote Notaries

 *   HB 409<https://www.votervoice.net/BroadcastLinks/V_6JOPrUmCxQx-LuaPsGMw> - Authorizes online notarizations.

*   Current status: In Judiciary Committee waiting to be placed on the agenda.

 *   SB 548<https://www.votervoice.net/BroadcastLinks/5iHK6XSqRdUUk4DbGrHgSA> - Companion bill to HB 409.

 *   Current status: On Judiciary Committee agenda for 4/1/2019 at 4:00 p.m.

 Other Bills of Interest

The below are some additional bills of interest that we are watching.

 Deregulation of Professions and Occupations

  *   HB 27<https://www.votervoice.net/BroadcastLinks/NJPxqh4-EVBdEhi7f-1dKQ> - Removes regulations on specified DBPR professions. PLEASE NOTE: this bill does not currently impact the real estate industry, but we are monitoring it for amendments and will update you if that changes.

*   Current status: In Commerce Committee waiting to be placed on the agenda.

*  B1640<https://www.votervoice.net/BroadcastLinks/Rq7kOwJTuYT_6kEOEy6cLw> – Companion bill to HB 27.

 *   Current status: On Innovation, Industry and Technology Committee agenda for 4/2/2019 at 10:00 a.m.

 Permit fees

*   SB 142<https://www.votervoice.net/BroadcastLinks/-Z9FV4aQxW-P4bq35GYCJQ> - 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.

*   Current status: Passed by the Senate and substituted for HB 127. Bill will now go to the governor.

*   HB 127<https://www.votervoice.net/BroadcastLinks/ya_v_SjGx-Uk6OS0iUhCiQ> – Companion bill to SB 142.

*   Current status: Passed by the House. Bill will now go to the governor. 

Impact Fees

*   SB 144<https://www.votervoice.net/BroadcastLinks/a0rtuS_btwX7FXNDi85Xpw> - Revising the minimum requirements for impact fees adopted by a local government.

 *   Current status: Placed on second reading in the Senate.

 *   HB 207<https://www.votervoice.net/BroadcastLinks/QNg9pU8Fi-sWiQfZW9z5sQ> - Companion bill to SB 144.

 *   Current status: Passed by House. Awaiting final Senate vote on SB 144.

 Growth Management

 *   SB 728<https://www.votervoice.net/BroadcastLinks/dtjzl_ISzYk7mK6bKE2RoA> - Authorizing sufficiently contiguous lands located within the county or municipality which a petitioner anticipates adding to the boundaries of a new community development district to also be identified in a petition to establish the new district under certain circumstances.

 *   Current status: On Infrastructure and Security Committee agenda for 4/2/2019 at 2:00 p.m.

*   HB 437<https://www.votervoice.net/BroadcastLinks/5LR6NwzGEsCsgwXw-joe7w> – Companion bill to SB 728.

 *   Current status: Placed on second reading in the House.

 All of the bills that the Public Policy Office is tracking can be found on our Legislative Tracker<https://www.votervoice.net/BroadcastLinks/Cpy29uXY4ukzm7_8Pr0WRw>.