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The 2024 Legislative Session is now more than halfway over. A clear picture of what bills will be making their way to the Governor’s desk is now coming into focus. This is helped along by the Senate’s unprecedented move to suspend substantive policy committee hearings at the end of week five (last week). Normally, both the Senate and House substantive policy committees continue meeting through week 7 and the early part of week 8 during session. The motivations for this decision are unclear and has severely constricted the path forward for hundreds of bills still waiting for their first committee hearings.


Unfortunately, due to the truncated policy committee hearings in the Senate, FSPA scope of work bills SB 922 and HB 525 are among the bills unlikely to pass through the legislature this year. While passage is unlikely, FSPA continues to work these bills trying to find a path forward if there is one to be found.


Additionally, FSPA is engaging on several other bills and working to protect and advance the swimming pool and spa industry. One such bill is HB 1012, which would change how prior criminal convictions are considered when someone is applying for licensure, making it very difficult for a licensing board to deny licensure based on past convictions. FSPA is working with the bill sponsors to amend the bill to protect the discretion of the State’s licensing boards when considering the criminal history of license applicants.  FSPA is also engaged in discussion on the State budget bill. The budget bill for the 2024-2025 fiscal year includes several tax holidays again this year with proposed sales tax exemptions on swimming pool and spa retail items. FSPA’s newly formed Retail Council helped craft an amendment to the budget bill that improves the swimming pool retail tax exemptions and will help drive sales and service work, FSPA is working with the legislature to see the Retail Council’s suggestions incorporated into the final budget.

All bills that FSPA is tracking for the 2024 Legislative Session are listed below. If you have any questions about any bills, please contact Dallas Thiesen, FSPA Sr. Director of Government Affairs, at


FSPA Bills

SB 922 / HB 525 Swimming Pool Contractor Scope of Work 

SB 922 by Sen. Perry / HB 525 by Rep. Smith

SUMMARY: Makes clarifying revisions to the swimming pool and spa contractor scope of work definitions found in F.S. Sec. 489.105(3)(j),(k),(l), codifies swimming pool and spa contractor’s electrical scope of work.  Increases the construction recovery fund cap for swimming pool contractors to $50,000 per claim and $500,000 life-time cap.

SB 922:           Introduced

HB 525:          Regulatory Reform & Economic Development Subcommittee


Construction Industry Bills 

SB 1778 / HB 1563 Escrow Accounts for Improvements to Real Property

SB 1778 by Sen. Collins / HB 1563 by Rep. Grant

SUMMARY: Requires contractors and qualified companies to place payments received from clients of $10,000 or greater for payment of subcontractors and purchase of materials into an escrow account. The contractor may bill against the client funds and withdraw the client funds as necessary. This    requirement may be waived by the client via contract.

SB 1778:         Introduced

HB 1563:        Passed Judiciary Committee


SB 382 / HB 497 Continuing Education Requirements

SB 382 by Sen. Hopper / HB 497 by Rep. Melo

SUMMARY: Requires State of Florida licensing boards to approve distance learning for continuing education. Requires State of Florida licensing boards to exempt individuals from continuing education requirements when the license holder has held the license in good standing for 10 years. The continuing education does not apply to contractors, engineers, architects, accountants, interior designers, or medical professions.

SB 382:           In Rules Committee

HB 497:          In Commerce Committee


SB 1544 / HB 1335 Department of Business & Professional Regulation

SB 1544 by Sen. Hopper / HB 1335 by Rep. Maggard

SUMMARY: DBPR Department bill. Raises Division II Homeowner’s Construction Recovery Fund cap to $30,000 per claim and $600,000 aggregate.

SB 1544:         In Fiscal Policy Committee.

HB 1335:        On Commerce Committee Agenda.


SB 414 / HB 1217 Homeowner’s Construction Recovery Fund

SB 414 by Sen. Garcia / HB 1217 by Rep. Daniels

SUMMARY: Raises the recovery cap for Division I Contractors annually to

$250,000 per claim by fiscal year 2027/2028. Raises the recovery cap for Division II Contractors annually to $65,000 per claim by fiscal year 2027/2028. Raises the aggregate cap for Division I Contractors annually to $1,000,000 by fiscal year 2027/2028. Raises the aggregate cap for Division II Contractors annually to $550,000 by fiscal year 2027/2028.

SB 414:           On Regulated Industries Committee Agenda 1/29/2024 (postponed).

HB 1217:        In Commerce Committee.


SB 1142 / HB 1579 Occupational Licensing

SB 1142 by Sen. Hopper / HB 1579 by Rep. Mooney

SUMMARY: Requires the CILB to issue a registration as a contractor under F.S.489.105(3)(a)-(o) for a specific county where:

  1. The Applicant was issued certificate or registration in any Florida County in 2021, 2022, or 2023.
  2. The specified County does not issue registration for the requested license.

SB 1142:         On Special Order Calendar.

HB 1579:        On Commerce Committe Agenda.


SB 612 / HB 481 Building Construction Regulation and System Warranties

SB 612 by Sen. Hopper / HB 481 by Rep. Maggard

SUMMARY: Allows HVAC and Mechanical contractors to repair and place electrical disconnects installed within HVAC units. Prohibits HVAC manufacturers from conditioning warranties upon registration of the product.

SB 612:           On Second Reading Calendar.

HB 481:          On Second Reading Calendar.


SB 1012 / HB 751 Disqualification of Licensure 

SB 1012 by Sen. Calatayud / HB 751 by Rep. Hunschofsky

SUMMARY: Prevents licensing boards from denying licensure to an applicant     for a prior arrest where there was no subsequent conviction.  Requires denial of licensure based on a prior criminal conviction to meet all the following criteria:

  1. The Crime was forcible felony, fraudulent, or a breach of fiduciary duty where the conviction or confinement was less than three years prior to the application for licensure.
  2. The conviction directly relates to the trade or occupation in which licensure is sought.
  3. A determination is made by clear and convincing evidence that granting of the licensure would pose a direct and substantial risk to public safety.

SB 1012:         In Fiscal Policy Committee.

HB 751:          In Judiciary Committe.


SB 44 Public Restroom Requirements 

SB 44 by Sen. Stewart

SUMMARY: Requires public restrooms built or renovated after July 1, 2024 to provide a hook that is accessible when sitting on the toilet seat in wheelchair accessible toilet compartment or a single-user toilet room.

SB 44:             Now in Regulated Industries Committee.


Water Safety Bills

SB 274 / HB 123 Child Water Safety Requirements

SB 274 by Sen. Rodriguez / HB 123 by Rep. Chambliss

SUMMARY: Requires childcare facilities to have parents or guardians attest in writing if their children can swim are at a particular risk when around bodies of water. Requires childcare facility to provide U.S. Coast Guard approved life  jackets for children who cannot swim or are at risk around water when at a pool or other body of water when under the care of the childcare facility. Exempts swim schools from this requirement.

SB 274:           On Second Reading Calendar.

HB 123:          1st Reading (Original Filed Version)


SB 428 / HB 445 Water Safety Education

SB 448 by Sen. Rodrigues / HB 445 by Rep. Robinson

SUMMARY: Adds classroom water safety education to the K-12 education curriculum with age-appropriate instruction on the importance of formal swimming lessons, proper use of flotation devices, awareness of water conditions, the proper supervision of swimming areas, etc.

SB 428:           Introduced

HB 445:          1st Reading (Original Filed Version)


SB 544 / HB 581 Swimming Lesson Voucher Program

SB 544 by Sen. Hutson / HB 581 by Rep. Busatta Cabrera

SUMMARY: Creates a swimming lesson voucher program via the Florida Department of Health. Requires the department to establish contractual relationships with at least one swimming pool lesson provider in each Florida County. Appropriates $500,000 for the program.

SB 544:          Passed Senate. Now in Messages to House.

HB 581:         In Health & Human Services Committee


SB 706 / HB 719 Residential Swimming Pool Requirements

SB 706 by Sen. Rodrigues / HB 719 by Rep. López

SUMMARY: Would require all homes with a swimming pool to meet the

requirements of the residential swimming pool safety act when transferred or       sold and require that all properties comply with the barrier requirements of the        residential swimming pool safety act when transferred or sold. Takes effect on         Oct. 1, 2024.

SB 544:           Introduced
HB 581:          1st Reading (Original Filed Version)


HB 1207 Vacation Rentals with Swimming Pools

HB 1207 by Rep. López J.

SUMMARY: Would require vacation rental owners to provide information to      guests on drowning prevention/Water safety, the responsibilities of using the            swimming pool, provide a lifebuoy, and post depth markers on the edge of the pool. Prescribes sign language to be posted at the pool.

HB 1207:        Regulatory Reform & Economic Development Subcommittee


SB 1538 Water Safety 

SB 1538 by Sen. Torres

SUMMARY: Requires Florida State Parks to provide lifeguards during holidays and historically heavy usage periods.

SB 1538:         Introduced