Each Legislative Session, we strive to find ways to further streamline DBPR business processes and increase efficiencies for the more than one million businesses and professionals that fall under our jurisdiction. These priorities were at the forefront of the bills we submitted to the Legislature this year, and I am confident that through these measures we are keeping our pledge to help make Florida the best place for businesses and professionals to operate.
First, 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).
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).
Next, 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).
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).
These bills simply reaffirm our mission to license efficiently and regulate fairly without losing focus on the safety of our citizens and visitors. We are dedicated to being the best we can be for our customers, and I hope to report the passage of all of these bills in the near future!
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