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FRACCA 2024 0209 Weekly Legislative Update

Provided by Edward Briggs, Vice President of Government Relations and Community Affairs at RSA Consulting Group, the Florida Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors Association (FRACCA) lobbying firm in Tallahassee.
HVACR industry-related Excerpts by ACprosite Director Peter Montana.

HB 7051 Education by Postsecondary Education & Workforce Subcommittee

Education: Revises provisions relating to specified education services; establishes Graduation Alternative to Traditional Education (GATE) Program for specified purpose; creates GATE Scholarship Program; & creates GATE Startup Grant Program. Effective Date: July 1, 2024

2/08/2024: Current Committee of Reference: House Education & Employment Committee
Advanced in the House to Education & Employment Committee

SB 460 Career and Technical Education by Simon

Career and Technical Education; Providing an exemption for minors to work in specified conditions; providing an alternative to career fairs through other career and industry networking opportunities; revising a list of individuals who are required to review and comment on certain revisions to the state academic standards; revising the requirements for certain credits and certifications to meet specified graduation requirements, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2024

Current Committee of Reference: Senate Appropriations Committee on Education

2/08/2024: SENATE Favorable with CS by Appropriations Committee on Education; 7 Yeas, 0 Nays.

SB 0966 Home Warranty Transfers by Burgess

Home Warranty Transfers; Providing a limitation on the application of provisions relating to home warranty contract assignments; providing requirements for express written warranties and home warranties transferred to subsequent home purchasers; specifying conditions for the automatic transfer of home warranties that are conditions included in maintenance contracts; providing requirements of a subsequent purchaser who accepts the assignment of a maintenance contract, and of a builder or home warranty association in such instance, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2024

Current Committee of Reference: Senate Rules

02/08/2024: SENATE Now in Rules

HB 0497 Continuing Education Requirements by Melo

Continuing Education Requirements: Requires board, or DBPR when there is no board, to allow by rule that distance learning may be used to satisfy continuing education requirements; revises requirements that such continuing education must satisfy; requires board or DBPR to exempt certain individuals from completing their continuing education requirement. Effective Date: July 1, 2024

Current Committee of Reference: House State Administration & Technology Appropriations Subcommittee

02/07/2024: HOUSE Now in State Administration & Technology Appropriations Subcommittee

SB 1492 Employment Regulations by Trumbull

Employment Regulations; Prohibiting a political subdivision from requiring employers to meet or provide heat exposure requirements beyond those required by law; prohibiting a political subdivision from giving preference to or considering or seeking information from an employer in a competitive solicitation based on or relating to an employer’s heat exposure requirements, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2024

Current Committee of Reference: Senate Rules

2/07/2024: SENATE Now in Rules

HB 0917 Career and Technical Education by Snyder

Career and Technical Education: Provides exemption for minors to work in specified conditions; requires counties & municipalities to recognize certain persons as journeymen for specified occupations if such persons meet specified criteria; provides alternative to career fairs through other career & industry networking opportunities; revises provisions relating to revisions to state academic standards, requirements for certain credits & certifications to meet specified graduation requirements; requires DOE to convene workgroup by specified date for specified purposes; provides additional exemption from completing entry-level examination for certain students; creates Career & Technical Education Task Force adjunct to DOE. Effective Date: July 1, 2024

Current Committee of Reference: House Education & Employment Committee

02/06/2024: HOUSE Now in Education & Employment Committee

HB 0049 Employment and Curfew of Minors by Chaney

Employment and Curfew of Minors: Revises certain employment restrictions for minors 16 & 17 years of age; revises age at which employment restrictions apply; requires curfew adopted by county or municipal ordinance to include certain exceptions. Effective Date: July 1, 2024

Current Committee of Reference: No Current Committee

02/02/2024: SENATE Received; Referred to Rules

HB 0347 Exemptions from Products Liability Actions by Truenow

Exemptions from Products Liability Actions: Specifies circumstances under which products liability actions may not be brought against distributors, dealers, or applicators. Effective Date: July 1, 2024

Current Committee of Reference: House Judiciary Committee

02/01/2024: HOUSE Now in Judiciary Committee

HB 0481 Building Construction Regulations and System Warranties by Maggard

Building Construction Regulations and System Warranties: Provides specified effective date for provisions relating to HVAC manufacturer’s warranty transfers; prohibits HVAC manufacturer’s warranties from being conditioned upon product registration; provides effective date for certain HVAC systems & components warranties under specified circumstance; provides required information for warranty & product registration cards & forms; prohibits HVAC systems & components warranties from being conditioned upon product registration. Effective Date: July 1, 2024

Current Committee of Reference: No Current Committee

01/30/2024: HOUSE Placed on Calendar, on 2nd reading

SB 1596 Employment of Minors by Burgess

Employment of Minors; Removing certain employment restrictions for minors 16 and 17 years of age; revising the age at which certain employment restrictions apply; authorizing the Department of Business and Professional Regulation to grant waivers of certain employment restrictions; specifying applicable penalties for noncompliant employers, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2024

Current Committee of Reference: Senate Regulated Industries

01/30/2024 SENATE Now in Regulated Industries

 

SB 0612 Building Construction Regulations and System Warranties by Hooper

Building Construction Regulations and System Warranties; Providing that certain provisions governing the transfer of heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system manufacturers’ warranties apply to transfers made on or after a specified date; prohibiting HVAC system manufacturers’ warranties from being conditioned upon the product registration; providing the effective date for certain HVAC system and component warranties under a specified circumstance, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2024

Current Committee of Reference: Senate Rules

01/29/2024 SENATE Now in Rules

SB 0433 Employment Regulations by Esposito

Employment Regulations: Prohibits political subdivisions from maintaining minimum wage other than

state or federal minimum wage & from controlling, affecting, or awarding preferences based on wages or employment benefits of entities doing business with political subdivision; preempts regulation of terms & conditions of employment & regulation of heat exposure requirements in workplace to state; requires Department of Commerce to adopt rules relating to heat exposure requirements if OSHA has not done so by date certain; provides requirements for such rules; prohibits local governments from mandating or imposing certain requirements or seeking information from certain persons relating to certain requirements. Effective Date: July 1, 2024

Current Committee of Reference: House State Affairs Committee

01/22/2024 HOUSE Now in State Affairs Committee

HB 0579 Use of Private Providers for Plans Review and Inspection by Griffitts Jr.

Use of Private Providers for Plans Review and Inspection: Requires private provider firms to qualify as business organizations; authorizes owner or contractor to file complaint with Department of Commerce against local jurisdiction if certain fees are not reduced; requires local jurisdiction to immediately refund fees; authorizes DOC to assess certain fines; prohibits local persons & entities from conducting its own plans review or inspections if private provider is retained; requires local building official to issue permit or provide specified written notice within certain time period. Effective Date: July 1, 2024

Current Committee of Reference: House Regulatory Reform & Economic Development Subcommittee

01/17/2024 HOUSE Temporarily Postponed by Regulatory Reform & Economic Development

Subcommittee

SB 1200 Enforcement of the Florida Building Code by Rodriguez

Enforcement of the Florida Building Code; Revising local governments’ responsibilities in enforcing the Florida Building Code to include any process or enforcement related to obtaining and finalizing a

building permit; revising a local government’s prohibition on funding certain activities, etc. Effective

Date: 7/1/2024

Current Committee of Reference: Senate Community Affairs

01/08/2024 SENATE Referred to Community Affairs; Regulated Industries; Rules

SB 1130 Florida Building Code by Martin

Florida Building Code; Providing that certain unvented attics and enclosed rafter assemblies meet

specified requirements of the code; directing the Florida Building Commission to adopt the provisions of the act into the Florida Building Code by a certain date, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2024

Current Committee of Reference: Senate Community Affairs

01/08/2024 SENATE Referred to Community Affairs; Regulated Industries; Rules

HB 0945 Heat Illness Prevention by Gottlieb

Heat Illness Prevention: Requires employers to implement outdoor heat exposure safety program that has been approved by specified departments; specifies requirements for safety program; provides responsibilities for employers & employees; requires specified annual training on heat illness & providing requirements for such training; requires DACS, in conjunction with DOH, to adopt specified rules. Effective Date: October 1, 2024

Current Committee of Reference: House Regulatory Reform & Economic Development Subcommittee

01/05/2024 HOUSE Now in Regulatory Reform & Economic Development Subcommittee

HB 0795 Career and Technical Education by Abbott

Career and Technical Education: Requires school districts to offer at least four, instead of two, career themed courses; provides requirements for such courses; & revises requirements for calculation of school & district grades. Effective Date: July 1, 2024

Current Committee of Reference: No Current Committee

12/27/2023 HOUSE Withdrawn prior to introduction

 

SB 0762 Heat Illness Prevention by Rouson

Heat Illness Prevention; Requiring certain employers to implement an outdoor heat exposure safety

program that has been approved by specified agencies; specifying requirements for the safety program; providing responsibilities for certain employers and employees; providing an exception; requiring specified annual training on heat illness and providing requirements for such training, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2024

Current Committee of Reference: Senate Commerce and Tourism

12/15/2023 SENATE Referred to Commerce and Tourism; Appropriations Committee on Agriculture,

Environment, and General Government; Fiscal Policy

 

SB 0624 Career-themed Courses by Simon

Career-themed Courses; Revising the number of career-themed courses that must be offered by a

school district; requiring at least two career-themed courses to meet certain requirements; revising the number of clock hours required for a certain component used to determine a school’s grade, etc.

Effective Date: 7/1/2024

Current Committee of Reference: No Current Committee

12/11/2023 SENATE Withdrawn prior to introduction

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