End of session update

“HB 7047 “Relating to the Deregulation of Professions and Occupations” by Rep. Halsey Beshears (R-Monticello) did NOT pass the Florida Legislature.

On Wednesday, May 3rd, the Florida Senate took up the bill, changed the title of the bill to an act “Relating to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation”, added three amendments to the bill, which allowed for the play of Fantasy Sports, instant bingo in veteran halls, and veterinarian telemedicine, and then approved the bill by a 36-0 vote.

 

The amended bill did not include any deregulation of registered interior designers after the provision was removed by the House previously, but it did include language that:

removes the requirement that architects and interior designers obtain a separate business license (certificate of authorization) in addition to an individual license. The bill provides that architects and interior designers qualify their business organizations with their individual licenses.

The Florida House considered the newly amended version of HB 7047 on Friday, May 5th, but voted to remove the recently added amendments and send it back to the Senate for their concurrence.  However, the Senate did not take up the bill which effectively killed the bill.

The 2017 Florida Legislative Session was scheduled to end on Friday, May 5th. However, the Legislature had to extend until Monday, May 8th as they weren’t able to complete the proposed budget for the next fiscal year in time.  The Senate and House are both scheduled to go into Session today at

1:00 pm to consider and vote on the proposed budget and accompanying conforming bills.  They will not take up any other substantive legislation.

HB 7047 and its companion SB 802 are dead for the 2017 Florida Legislative Session.”