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What happened this week? Bills requiring sea-level impact studies for state-financed construction advanced in both the House and Senate, as well as bills deregulating certain industries though there is not complete agreement between the chambers on the extent to deregulate and specific jobs to deregulate. A bill which reduces the amount a state or local governmental entity can withhold from payment to a construction contractor from 10% to 5% advanced in the Senate and has already passed the House. A bill prohibiting local governments from requiring certain design elements for one- and two-story buildings unless certain conditions are met passed its final House committee. Read on for more details.
SB 954/HB 459
Provides “building design element” regulations may not be applied to one- and two-story structures by local governments unless specific conditions are met; provides an affected party may submit certain local government regulations to the Florida Building Commission for review.
SB 954 status
HB 459 status
SB 246 /HB 101
Revises amounts of retainage local governmental entities, public entities, and contractors may withhold from progress payments for construction services contracts; revises requirements for Departments of Management Services rules governing certain contracts.
SB 246 status
HB 101 status
SB 948/HB 1381
Revises when a person has a cause of action relating to the Florida Building Code; revises requirements relating to notice of claim; provides that claimant does not have a claim for damages that could have been avoided or mitigated.
SB 948 status
HB 1381 status
SB 473/HB 1193
SB 474: Provides additional ways to get a license for the following out-of-state licensed professionals: building code administrators and inspectors, home inspectors, engineers, construction and electrical and alarm contractors, landscape architects; revises membership of the Florida Building Commission.
HB 1193: Provides additional ways to get a license for the following out-of-state professionals: construction and electrical contractors, landscape architects, geologists, engineers, home inspectors, building design professionals. Eliminates additional business license requirements for architects, landscape architects, and geologists. Reduces number of members on the Florida Building Commission.
SB 474 status
HB 1193 status
SB 178/HB 579
Prohibits state-financed constructors from commencing construction of certain structures in coastal areas after a certain date without first taking certain steps regarding a sea level impact projection study.
SB 178 status
HB 579 status
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