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BILL: CS/CS/SB’s 2086 & 2498

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s. 455.017, F.S., which limits the applicability of ch. 455, F.S., to the department’s regulation of professions. This provision would extend the applicability of these penalty guidelines to the following business regulation divisions of the department: the Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco, the Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares, and Mobile Homes; the Division of Hotels and Restaurants, and the Division of Pari-mutuel Wagering.

Mold Assessors and Remediators The bill amends s. 468.841, F.S., to exempt a licensed home inspector from licensure under the mold assessor provisions of ch. 468, F.S., if he or she is acting within the scope of the home inspection license, if they do not hold themselves out for hire to the public as a “certified mold assessor,” “registered mold assessor,” “licensed mold assessor,” “mold assessor,” or “professional mold assessor.”

Construction Contracting In the context of the regulation of construction contracting under ch. 489, F.S., the bill amends the definition of the term “contracting” in s. 489.105(6), F.S., to clarify that the term does not include an individual or business entity selling or offering to sell manufactured or factory-built buildings that will be completed on-site on property on which either party to a contract has any legal or equitable interest.

Real Estate The bill amends s. 475.17, F.S., relating to the license qualifications for real estate broker or sales associates, to increase the experience requirement for real estate brokers from 12 months to 24 months. According to the department, this increase is consistent with the experience requirements of other states. The bill also deletes the exception to the experience requirement for the Division of Real Estate’s investigators.

The bill amends s. 475.451(9), F.S., to delete the requirement for real estate schools to submit course rosters to the department.

Electrical and Alarm System Contractors The bill amends ss. 489.511 and 489.515, F.S., relating to the certification requirements for electrical and alarm system contractors, to permit applicants to take the certification examination before the Electrical Contractor’s Licensing Board has reviewed the applicant’s experience and training qualifications. The bill authorizes the board to provide by rule the number of times per year the applicant may take the examination. It deletes the provision that an applicant may only take the examination three times. It eliminates the requirement that the applicant submit a new application after failing the examination three times.

Florida State Boxing Commission/Amateur Mixed Martial Arts The bill amends s. 548.0065, F.S., to authorize amateur mixed martial arts events in Florida. It amends s. 548.008, F.S., to delete the prohibition against amateur mixed martial arts events.

The bill also amends s. 548.041, F.S., to expand the licensure requirements for participants in matches in Florida. The bill would require, before licensure, that participants in amateur boxing matches and amateur mixed martial arts matches must have completed the minimum number of events as determined by Commission rule.

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