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GAD Update 4/29/15

By Kevin Schwartz Government Affairs Director

The bill that would have allowed certified apartment maintenance personnel to perform minor HVAC and water heater repairs costing less than $1,000 was pulled before being heard on the Florida Senate floor Wednesday afternoon (4/29), effectively killing the measure for 2015.

Senate Bill 1232, a wide-ranging building codes statute whose companion bill had already passed the state House of Representatives before that body shut itself down three days shy of the end of the session, was technically postponed as senators began to plow through some of the 275 or more bills the House left them to deal with. 

Given that there was only time to hear about 40 non-local bills before the session was to end on Friday, the Senate held back bills that would have required debate or which did not include a benefit to a specific member’s district, according to FAA’s Courtney Barnard.

Sen. Jeff Clemens of Palm Beach, whose amendments to SB1232 would have removed the maintenance language and which triggered an alert by FAA to contact him about it, appeared to be prepared to withdraw at least one of his amendments prior to the postponement.

Barnard said that FAA members and local affiliates responded strongly and swiftly to the threat of the amendments, but that the clock got the better of the effort this year. The action also means that all Florida building codes remain unchanged until at least 2016.

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