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Government Affairs Report - March 2020

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    Government Affairs' Report

 

 

To:                   ASLA Florida Members

 

From:              Diana Ferguson, Lobbyist

 

Date:               March 19, 2020 


The Legislature returned to Tallahassee on March 19, voted out the budget, and adjourned sine die.  This marks the official end of the 2020 Regular Session, although it is widely expected that they will have to return in order to deal with COVID-19 and related budget issues in the coming months.  Here is where we landed on our key legislative issues:

 

Deregulation

HB 1193 by Representative Ingoglia passed both chambers and goes next to the Governor for final action.  Notably, the bill contains our LA CES language, which will allow individual landscape architects to submit LA CES courses for approval through the Board of Landscape Architecture (BOLA).  The BOLA previously tried to address this in rulemaking but learned that they did not have statutory authority to do so. The bill also eliminates the corporate certificate of authorization but does not substantively deregulate the substantive requirements for corporations.  It also provides that landscape architects with a BLA or similar degree, as determined by the BOLA, and an MLA will not need to complete the one year of additional work experience in order to take the exam for licensure.  FLASLA members should be grateful to both Senator Albritton and Representative Ingoglia for their efforts to ensure that landscape architects were treated fairly as this bill progressed. 

 

Sunset

HB 707 by Representative Renner and SB 1128 by Senator Diaz would have required every state regulated profession to undergo a legislative review in addition to that undertaken by the deregulation bill.  Many professions were strongly opposed to this bill.  HB 707 passed the House.  However, SB 1128 ran into significant opposition in the Senate.  There were an amendment to remove certain professions from the Senate bill.  Thanks to the efforts of Senator Bean, landscape architecture would have been removed from the bill had it continued to move through its committees.  However, the Senate bill was not heard again and both bills died. 

 

CCNA – Cap on Continuing Contracts

HB 441 by Representative DeCeglie passed both chambers and goes next to the Governor for final action.  This bill raises the cap on continuing contracts from $2M to $4M.  It also raises the cap on studies from $200,000 to $500,000.

 

CCNA – Higher Education

HB 613 by Representative Rodrigues was amended in its last committee to contain extremely problematic language related to the CCNA.  In essence, it would have repealed all CCNA requirements for the university system.  We worked with a coalition of affected stakeholders included engineers, architects, surveyors and mappers, and various contractors to oppose this language.  It took until the very last night of floor sessions on policy to resolve this issue.  In the end, the Senate refused to take these provisions and the companion measure, SB 72 by Senator Stargel, passed with no CCNA language. 

 

Thanks, and everyone stay safe!


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