Week 1 and 2 Update: Florida Legislative Session 2024

By DALLAS THIESEN, FSPA Sr. Dir. of Government Affairs

The 2024 Florida Legislative Session kicked off on January 9, 2024, and will run for 60 consecutive days, ending on March 8, 2024.

The 2024 Legislature Session is shaping up to be a busy session for FSPA and the Florida swimming pool and spa industry. FSPA is backing bills (SB922 and HB525) that would revise and clarify the scope of work for swimming pool and spa contractors in Florida. It has been over 20 years since the scope of work for swimming pool contractors has seen any revision. FSPA is undertaking this scope of work revision to ensure that the scope of work for swimming pool contractors is clearly defined, easy to understand, and captures all of the aspects of swimming pool and spa construction, repair, and remodel. The bill sponsors (Sen. Keith Perry and Rep. David Smith) are working hard to bring these bills forward for the swimming pool and spa industry in Florida.

Additionally, FSPA will be engaging with sponsors on a range of bills that could impact the swimming pool and spa industry and drowning prevention efforts. The details of all bills that FSPA is tracking can be found below. FSPA’s Board of Directors will take positions on all the bills that FSPA is tracking at the January 2024 board meeting. If you have any questions about any bills, please contact Dallas Thiesen, FSPA Sr. Director of Government Affairs, at

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FSPA Bills


SB 922 / HB 525 Swimming Pool Contractor Scope of Work

SB 922 by Sen. Perry / HB 525 by Rep. Smith


SUMMARY: Makes clarifying revisions to the swimming pool and spa contractor scope of work definitions found in F.S. Sec. 489.105(3)(j),(k),(l), codifies swimming pool and spa contractor’s electrical scope of work.  Increases the construction recovery fund cap for swimming pool contractors to $50,000 per claim and $500,000 life-time cap.


STATUS:        SB 922:           Introduced

HB 525:            Regulatory Reform & Economic Development Subcommittee

Construction Industry Bills


SB 1778 / HB 1563 Escrow Accounts for Improvements to Real Property

SB 1778 by Sen. Collins / HB 1563 by Rep. Grant


SUMMARY: Requires contractors and qualified companies to place payments received from clients of $10,000 or greater for payment of subcontractors and purchase of materials into an escrow account. The contractor may bill against the client funds and withdraw the client funds as necessary. This requirement may be waived by the client via contract.


STATUS:        SB 1778:         Introduced

HB 1563:         Regulatory Reform & Economic Development Subcommittee


SB 382 / HB 497 Continuing Education Requirements

SB 382 by Sen. Hopper / HB 497 by Rep. Melo


SUMMARY: Requires State of Florida licensing boards to approve distance learning for continuing education. Requires State of Florida licensing boards to exempt individuals from continuing education requirements when the license holder has held the license in good standing for 10 years. The continuing education does not apply to contractors, accountants, interior designers, or medical professions.


STATUS:       SB 382:           Passed Government Oversight and Accountability Committee as amended. 1/16/2024

HB 497:            1st Reading (Original Filed Version)



SB 414 / HB 1217 Homeowner’s Construction Recovery Fund

SB 414 by Sen. Garcia / HB 1217 by Rep. Daniels


SUMMARY: Raises the recovery cap for Division I Contractors annually to $250,000 per claim by fiscal year 2027/2028. Raises the recovery cap for Division II Contractors annually to $65,000 per claim by fiscal year 2027/2028. Raises the aggregate cap for Division I Contractors annually to $1,000,000 by fiscal year 2027/2028. Raises the aggregate cap for Division II Contractors annually to $550,000 by fiscal year 2027/2028.


STATUS:        SB 414:          Introduced

HB 1217:         Regulatory Reform & Economic Development Subcommittee


SB 612 / HB 481 Building Construction Regulation and System Warranties

SB 612 by Sen. Hopper / HB 481 by Rep. Maggard


SUMMARY: Allows HVAC and Mechanical contractors to repair and place   electrical disconnects installed within HVAC units. Prohibits HVAC manufactures from conditioning warranties upon registration of the product.


STATUS:        SB 612:           Passed Commerce and Tourism Committee 1/16/2024

HB 481:            Passed Civil Justice Subcommittee as Amended 1/11/2024



SB 1012 / HB 751 Disqualification of Licensure

SB 1012 by Sen. Calatayud / HB 751 by Rep. Hunschofsky


SUMMARY: Prevents licensing boards from denying licensure to an applicant     for a prior arrest where there was no subsequent conviction.  Requires denial of licensure based on a prior criminal conviction to meet all the following criteria:

1. The Crime was forceable felony, fraudulent, or a breach of fiduciary duty where the conviction or confinement was less than three years prior to the

application for licensure.

2. The conviction directly relates to the trade or occupation in which licensure is sought.

3. A determination is made by clear and convincing evidence that granting of the licensure would pose a direct and substantial risk to public safety.


STATUS:      SB 1012:          Introduced

HB 751:           1st Reading (Original Filed Version)



SB 44 Public Restroom Requirements

SB 44 by Sen. Stewart


SUMMARY: Requires public restrooms built or renovated after July 1, 2024 to provide a hook that is accessible when sitting on the toilet seat in wheelchair accessible toilet compartment or a single-user toilet room.  


STATUS:        SB 44:               Passed Community Affairs Committee 1/16/2024



Water Safety Bills


SB 274 / HB 123 Child Water Safety Requirements

SB 274 by Sen. Rodriguez / HB 123 by Rep. Chambliss


SUMMARY: Requires childcare facilities to have parents or guardians attest in writing if their children can swim are at a particular risk when around bodies of water. Requires childcare facility to provide U.S. Coast Guard approved life jackets for children who cannot swim or are at risk around water when at a pool or other body of water when under the care of the childcare facility. Exempts  swim schools from this requirement.


STATUS:       SB 274:           Introduced

HB 123:            1st Reading (Original Filed Version)


SB 428 / HB 445 Water Safety Education

SB 448 by Sen. Rodrigues / HB 445 by Rep. Robinson


SUMMARY: Adds classroom water safety education to the K-12 education curriculum with age-appropriate instruction on the importance of formal swimming lessons, proper use of flotation devices, awareness of water conditions, the proper supervision of swimming areas, etc.


STATUS:       SB 428:           Introduced

HB 445:            1st Reading (Original Filed Version)


SB 544 / HB 581 Swimming Lesson Voucher Program

SB 544 by Sen. Hutson / HB 581 by Rep. Busatta Cabrera


SUMMARY: Creates a swimming lesson voucher program via the Florida Department of Health. Requires the department to establish contractual relationships with at least one swimming pool lesson provider in each Florida County. Appropriates $500,000 for the program.


STATUS:       SB 544:            Passed Health Care Policy Committee 1/16/2024

HB 581:            1st Reading (Original Filed Version)


SB 706 / HB 719 Residential Swimming Pool Requirements

SB 706 by Sen. Rodrigues / HB 719 by Rep. López


SUMMARY: Would require all homes with a swimming pool to meet the requirements of the residential swimming pool safety act when transferred or sold and require that all properties comply with the barrier requirements of the residential swimming pool safety act when transferred or sold. Takes effect on Oct. 1, 2024.


STATUS:       SB 544:           Introduced

HB 581:           1st Reading (Original Filed Version)



HB 1207 Vacation Rentals with Swimming Pools

 HB 1207 by Rep. López J.


SUMMARY: Would require vacation rental owners to provide information to guests on drowning prevention/Water safety, the responsibilities of using the swimming pool, provide a lifebuoy, and post depth markers on the edge of the pool. Prescribes sign language to be posted at the pool.


STATUS:        HB 1207:         Regulatory Reform & Economic Development Subcommittee




SB 1538 Water Safety

SB 1538 by Sen. Torres


SUMMARY: Requires Florida State Parks to provide lifeguards during holidays and historically heavy usage periods.


STATUS:        SB 1538:          Introduced