DBPR 2013 Legislative Priorities Further Streamline Processes, Increase Efficiencies
March 14, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) today outlined its legislative priorities for the 2013 Legislative Session which will further streamline the agency’s business processes and increase efficiencies for the more than one million businesses and professionals under DBPR’s jurisdiction.
“Through these proposed legislative efforts, I am confident we are keeping our pledge to help make Florida the best place for businesses and professionals to operate,” said Secretary Ken Lawson. “These bills simply reaffirm our mission to license efficiently and regulate fairly without losing focus on the safety of our citizens and visitors.”
HB 667/SB 852 brings Florida in compliance with Title XI of the federally mandated Dodd-Frank Reform Act. This bill will protect the jobs of thousands of licensed Florida real estate appraisers because they will be able to continue to perform appraisals on federally-related transactions in compliance with the Dodd-Frank Reform Act. The bill is sponsored by Representative Elizabeth Porter (R – Lake City) and Senator Aaron Bean (R – Fernandina Beach). The House bill has passed the Business & Professional Regulation Subcommittee and will head next to the Rulemaking Oversight & Repeal Subcommittee. The Senate bill has been referred to the Regulated Industries Committee.
"Many are unaware of the federal oversight of appraiser regulatory programs in all states, includingFlorida," says Frank Gregoire, appraisal expert and member of Florida Realtors. "We support the Department of Business and Professional Regulation and the Division of Real Estate getting ahead of the curve to ensure compliance with their involvement in the introduction of HB 667/SB 852. The proposed amendments to Chapter 475, Part II (the appraiser license law) assuresFlorida’s compliance with new appraiser standards.”
Through HB 795/SB 842, the Department’s Division of Hotels and Restaurants will be permitted to adopt rules for a risk-based inspection frequency for all licensed food service establishments. This bill will allow the Department to focus its regulatory and compliance efforts on establishments that pose a higher risk to the public, effectively reducing the regulatory burden for businesses that have a positive compliance history with the Department. The bill is sponsored by Representative Mike La Rosa (R – St. Cloud) and Senator Kelli Stargel (R – Lakeland). The House bill has passed through the Business and Professional Regulation Subcommittee and will head next to the Government Operations Appropriations Subcommittee. The Senate bill has passed the Regulated Industries Committee and will head next to the General Government Appropriations Subcommittee.
HB 57/SB 802 will authorize the Department to transfer certain excess funds from the Florida Building Code Administrators and Inspectors Board to the Florida Homeowners’ Construction Recovery Fund. The transfer will help the Department reduce the backlog of claims pending in the Construction Recovery Fund, providing necessary aid to Florida consumers who were victimized by unscrupulous licensed contractors. The bill is sponsored by Representative Elizabeth Porter (R – Lake City) and Senator Alan Hays (R – Umatilla). The House bill has passed through three committees of referral and is scheduled to be heard on the House floor in the coming weeks. The Senate bill has passed the Regulated Industries Committee and heads next to the Community Affairs Committee.
“The ability to pay claims out of the Construction Recovery Fund is critical to the confidence Florida’s consumers have in the construction industry and in licensed contractors,” said Paul Thompson, CAE, MIRM, CEO of the Florida Home Builders Association. “I commend the Department for pursuing this initiative to support the growth of our construction industry.”
Finally, HB 1067/SB 1686 streamlines and reduces regulation for certain pugilistic events. The bill will also allow national championships and Olympic trials to be held in the state of Florida, which may generate more business for the communities that host these events. The bill is sponsored by Representative Travis Hutson (R – Palm Coast) and Senator Thad Altman (R – Melbourne). The House bill has passed the Business & Professional Regulation Subcommittee and will head next to the Government Operations Appropriations Subcommittee. The Senate bill has been referred to the Regulated Industries Committee.
“The Association of Boxing Commissions supports all commissions who are attempting to further clarify their statutes, rules and regulations to bring about better enforcement while assisting their licensees to streamline regulation for the betterment of the sport,” said Tim Lueckenhoff, President of the Association of Boxing Commissions.
The Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s mission is to license efficiently and regulate fairly. The Department licenses and regulates more than one million businesses and professionals ranging from hotels and restaurants, real estate agents and certified public accountants to veterinarians, contractors and cosmetologists. For more information, please visit www.MyFloridaLicense.com.
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