DBPR Applauds House for Passage of Bill to Increase Restitution Available for Construction Claims
April 25, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) today commended the House of Representatives for passage of HB 57 which authorizes the Department to increase the amount of restitution available to eligible homeowners through the Florida Homeowners’ Construction Recovery Fund. The bill will transfer certain excess funds from the Florida Building Code Administrators and Inspectors Board to the recovery fund.
“This bill helps reduce the backlog of claims pending in the Construction Recovery Fund,” said DBPR Secretary Ken Lawson. “With this bill, we will be able to provide necessary aid to Florida consumers who were victimized by unscrupulous licensed contractors.”
The bill was sponsored by Representative Elizabeth Porter (R – Lake City) who said, “This legislation will help the recovery fund pay claims faster to eligible homeowners, which will make a significant difference for those who have been victimized. I am glad DBPR is paying attention to this important issue.”
The companion bill, Senate Bill 802 sponsored by Senator Alan Hays (R – Umatilla), has been placed on the special order calendar in the Senate.
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.