Government Relations Update - September

It has been a busy three weeks for the FSPA Government Relations team. From the CILB to legislative meetings we have been traveling around the state talking about pool industry issues and working to make our legislative agenda reality.

Last week was the first legislative committee week of the 2020 legislative session, it was the first time since the close of the 2019 session in May that legislators convened in Tallahassee to talk policy for next year’s session. The FSPA Government Relations spent two days meeting with meeting with Senators and Representatives to talk about the FSPA Exemption which would exempt swimming pool and spa contractors from the requirement to hire licensed sub-contractors and how the State of Florida can invest in teaching Florida’s children how to swim. The meetings that had were positive and we got a lot of great feedback from legislators.

FSPA has also been making the rounds to meet legislators in their home districts. The FSPA Government Relations Team and FSPA Members form the Florida West Coast Chapter and the Manasota Chapter attended meetings with Speaker of the House Designate Rep. Chris Sprowls, Rep. Chris Latvala, and Senator Joe Gruters this week.  On Wednesday night the FSPA Broward and Pam Beach Chapters held a joint legislative mixer in Boca Raton where they were joined by Rep. Bobby DuBose, Rep. Mike Caruso, and Senator Bobby Powell’s top legislative aid. The legislative mixer was a huge success and it was great opportunity for FSPA members and legislators to have positive small group discussions about the pool industry and some of the challenges that the industry faces.

Lastly, the Florida Building Commission has published the Building Code modifications that were accepted by the Commission at the August 13, 2019 meeting.  All of the accepted modifications will be published for public review before becoming the 2017 Building Code Supplement in six months, the modifications will also be incorporated in the 2020 Florida Building Code which will take effect on 12/31/2020. Tracking charts and information about the accepted code modifications can be found by CLICKING HERE.

Please keep your eyes open for more FSPA Government Relations updates, the 2020 legislative session will start to heat up in the next few weeks and we will have updates on the bills being filed in Tallahassee.

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