Florida Governor Scott signs 34 more bills into law

Friday was a busy day for Gov. Rick Scott as he signed 34 more bills into law encompassing a variety of issues. The following list provides a brief description of each.

Law booksHB 77 — Landlords & Tenants  – This bill makes numerous changes to the “Florida Residential Landlord and Tenant Act” which governs the relationship between landlords and tenants under a residential rental agreement.

HB 87 — Mortgage Foreclosures – To view the transmittal letter for HB 87 click HERE.

SB 160 — Licensure Fee Exemptions for Military Veterans – This bill waives the initial application fee, initial licensing fee, and the initial unlicensed activity fee for veterans who apply to the Department of Health for licensure.

HB 171 — Disposition of Human Remains – This bill revises the procedures for the reporting, distribution, retention, and cremation of human remains for medical education and research.

HB 217 — Money Service Businesses – This bill allows for the solicitation of a statewide, real time, on-line check cashing database.

SB 282 — Consumer Finance Charges – This bill changes the principal amount subject to the maximum amount of interest that is allowed to be charged for consumer finance loans up to $25,000 and changes the amount that can be charged to a borrower for making a payment that is in default for at least 10 days.

SB 356 — Mutual Insurance Corporations – This bill authorizes a mutual insurance company to transact financial guaranty insurance and permits a mutual insurance holding company to acquire a not-for-profit insurance company or nonprofit health care plan through the merger with a mutual insurance company’s subsidiary or intermediate holding company.

HB 383 — Interstate Insurance Product Regulation Compact – This bill enacts the Interstate Insurance Product Regulation Compact to enhance the speed to market of life insurance, annuity, and disability income insurance products while maintaining Florida’s important consumer protections.

SB 390 — Veterans’ Organizations – This bill prohibits businesses from misrepresenting themselves as veterans’ organizations.

SB 398 — Physician Assistants – This bill clarifies existing law which allows a supervising physician to delegate to a physician assistant authority to order medications, including controlled substances, for patients in hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers and mobile surgical facilities.

SB 520 — Emergency Medical Services – This bill updates Florida’s emergency medical technician (EMT) and paramedic training standards to reflect the new national standards released by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

HB 553 — Workers’ Compensation System Administration – This bill enhances the administration of Florida’s workers compensation system by eliminating or amending various outdated, duplicative, or otherwise inefficient statues, rules or processes.

SB 558 — Letters of Credit Issued by a Federal Home Loan Bank – This bill enables qualified public depositories to continue using Federal Home Loan Bank letters of credit as eligible collateral as long as their obligations are rated at or above the United States credit rating.

SB 604 — Practitioners – This bill directs certain fees collected by the Department of Health for examination, certification and recertification of emergency medical technicians and paramedics to be deposited into the Medical Quality Assurance Trust Fund.

HB 633 — Biodiesel Fuel – This bill creates an exemption from certain burdensome reporting, bonding, and licensing requirements for municipalities, counties, and school districts that manufacture biodiesel solely for their own use.

HB 649 — Public Records/Proprietary Confidential Business Information -This bill creates a public records exemption for proprietary confidential business information held by an electric utility in conjunction with the review of certain energy projects.

SB 662 — Workers’ Compensation – This bill changes provisions related to the amount of service fees that may be charged for repackaged drugs through Florida’s workers’ compensation laws.

HB 667 — Real Estate Brokers & Appraisers – This bill amends Chapter 475, F.S., related to appraisers in order to comply with policies adopted by the federal oversight board.

HB 695 — Tied House Regulation – This bill prohibits malt beverage coupons that are redeemable by the retailer.

HB 713 — Water Quality Credit Trading – This bill expands statewide the water quality credit trading pilot program currently authorized for the Lower St. Johns River basin and authorizes the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to approve water quality credit trading in adopted basin management action plans, as well as certain pollution control programs.

HB 795 — Premises Inspection – This bill changes the inspection frequency for public food service establishments from twice a year to a risk-based frequency requiring from one to four inspections annually.

HB 837 — Tax Deeds – This bill allows tax collectors to recover costs for providing online tax deed application services, rather than in-person application services.

HB 913 — Holocaust Victims Assistance Act – This bill permits the Department of Financial Services to assist Holocaust survivors in seeking restitution.

HB 939 — Medicaid Recoveries – This bill enhances statutory provisions relating to Medicaid fraud and abuse and increases provider accountability and controls in the Medicaid program.

SB 964 — Termination of Parental Rights – This bill allows that a person’s parental rights may be terminated in cases of sexual battery.

HB 1093 — Volunteer Health Treatment – This bill revises contractual requirements between health care providers and governmental contractors relating to patient referrals.

SB 1094 — Home Health Agencies – This bill changes the fine issued by the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) for home health agencies that fail to submit timely quarterly reports.

SB 1122 — Florida Fire Prevention Code – This bill exempts fire officials from enforcing firewall separation ratings for certain retail or business occupancies as defined in the Florida Building Code and exempts certain structures used in farming and ranching operations from the Florida Fire Prevention Code.

HB 1145 — State-owned or State-leased Space – This bill addresses various inventory, sales, lease, and reporting requirements applicable to state-owned and state-leased property.

HB 1159 — Health Care – This bill makes changes to licensure and regulatory requirements for certain types of health care facilities.

HB 1309 — Procurement of Commodities & Contractual Services – This bill makes revisions to provisions governing state agency procurement and contracting and requires all state agency and local government contracts for services.

SB 1594 — Guaranteed Energy, Water, & Wastewater Performance Savings Contracting Act – This bill makes changes to the Guaranteed Energy,Water, and Wastewater Performance Savings Contracting Act including expanding the organizations that may participate to include educational institutions.

HB 7135 — Pub. Rec./Money Service Businesses – This bill allows a public records exemption for records held by the Office of Financial Regulation related to payment instrument transaction payments.

HB 7157 — Ratification of Rules Implementing Total Maximum Daily Loads for Impaired Water Bodies – This bill provides for the legislative ratification of identified rules establishing total maximum daily loads by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for certain impaired water bodies in the state.


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