The 2021 Florida Legislative Session is in its final week.
The legislature fully focusing in on passing the 2021 state budget and
finalizing substantive bills that completed the policy committee process. FSPA
actively advocating for more career and technical education funding in the
budget as well as State funding for swimming lessons and apprenticeship
programs. FSPA continues to fight to a subcontractor licensing
exception for swimming pools subcontractors, negotiations to get SB 338 and HB
1431 over the finish line have resulted in the bill language from SB 338 and HB
1431 being amended into a bill focused on limiting local trade licensing. FSPA is also fighting for the creation of the
Florida Swims License Plate that will help fund the Florida Swims Foundation
and expand the funds available for swimming lessons, the Senate license plate
bill passed the Senate last week and is now awaiting evaluation by the House of
Swimming Pool Sub-Contractor Exemption (Jim Walter
by Senator Gruters
1431 by Representative McClure
Exemption for swimming pool and spa
contractors to the hire of sub-contractors who do not have an occupational
licenses. This is the same exemption
that Florida home builders have enjoyed for years known as the “Jim Walter
Exemption.” Sub-Contractors will now be able to perform work for a license
swimming pool contractor within the scope of that contractor’s license
regardless of the sub-contractors' license status. This bill will not eliminate
Swimming Pool Specialty Subcontractor Licenses, but will simply eliminate the
need for a sub-contractor to be licensed independently of the swimming pool
contractor that hired them.
The language of SB 338 and HB 1431 has now been amended in
to SB 268 as the final bill to carry the swimming pool sub-contractor
/ HB 735 Summary (Local Licensing Preemption): This
would end local occupational licensing by preempting the creation or
enforcement of occupational licensing by cities and counties.
Status: SB 268: On
Senate Special Order Calendar 4/26/2021
735: Passed by the House and Received by
Status: SB 338: Language Amended into SB 268
HB 1431: No Movement / Language Amended into SB 268
Childhood Learn to Swim Appropriation
3395 by Rep. Elizabeth Fetterhoff and Senator Tom Wright
appropriations request for the Florida Swims Foundation to support and expand
existing childhood learn to swim programs in Broward, Hillsborough, Manatee,
Miami-Dade, Pasco, Volusia, and Pinellas Counties.
The goal of this appropriation is to identify and multiply
the effectiveness of childhood learn to swim programs that have the potential be
scaled up for statewide implementation. This is the first step in FSPA’s goal
of ensuring that every child in Florida has the opportunity to learn to swim
before they enter kindergarten.
Status: HB 3395: Now in Health Appropriations Subcommittee.
Florida Swims License Plate
by Senators Baxley, Harrell, Pizo, Stewart, Berman, Garcia
This bill would create a Specialty License
Plate for FSPA’s Florida Swims Foundation. The Plate would provide a consistent
yearly source of income from Specialty License Plate Sales to support the
mission of the Florida Swims Foundation.
Status: SB 676: Passed Senate 39 YEAS
/ 0 NAYS on 4/22/2021
Bills to Watch
Civil Liability for Damages Relating to COVID-19
SB 72 by
by Representative McClure
Summary: Will establish special pleading requirements for COVID-19
related injury lawsuits set the standard of negligence and evidence that a
plaintiff must prove to succeed with their claim, and set a statute of
limitations for injury claims related to COVI-19. The goal of these bills is to
protect all business owners and operators from frivolous litigation when
operating their business in good faith compliance with government health
standards during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Status: SB 72: Approved by the Governor.
on the Table.
by Senator Berman
1119 by Representative Daley
358 and HB 1119, after being amended via committee substitute these bills would
require school districts to provide water safety information and information on
local swimming lesson resources to parents upon the first enrollment of their
children into a Florida school. Prior versions of SB 358 would have required
parents to provide proof swimming lesson completion upon their child’s entry in
Status: SB 358: Passed
Senate 40 YEAS / 0 NAYS on 4/21/2021
1119: Now in Education & Employment
Committee / Not heard by Committee.
LP and Natural Gas Local Preemption
by Senator Hutson
by Representative Fabricio
Preempts local governments from regulating energy infrastructure including LP
and Natural Gas.
Status: SB 856: Laid
on the Table
839: Passed by House and Senate. Ordered
by Senator Perry
1169 by Representative Stevenson
the criminal penalties for unlicensed contracting or advertising without proper
certification. Offenses worth less than $1000.00 would be charged as a
misdemeanor; offenses between $1,000.00 and $20,000.00 would be charged as third
degree felony; offenses between $20,000.00 and $200,000.00 would be charged as
second-degree felony; and offenses between over $200,000.00 would be charged as
Status: SB 332: No
1169: No Movement
Occupational Licensing Sunset
344: Senator Diaz
by Represented Rizo
Summary: An extreme
set of bills that would sunset all occupational licensees in the state of
Florida at staggered dates unless the legislature reauthorized the licensing
schemes. Under these bills, all construction contracting licensing would sunset
on July 1, 2025.
Status: SB 344: Now
in Appropriations Committee
HOA Public Pool Exemption
by Senator Rodrigues
463: Representative Roach
create an exemption from Department of Health oversight for community pools
that serve Home Owners Associations with less than 32 single-family parcels.
Status: SB 902: Laid
on the Table
463: Passed House and Senate. Ordered
Enrolled on 4/22/2021.
by Senator Perry
establish additional requirements for plaintiffs wishing to bring construction
Status: SB 270: No
HB 21: No Movement.
If you have any questions, concerns, or comments these
bills or any other government affairs issue please reach out FSPA Government
Affairs Manager Dallas Thiesen at email@example.com or at