Florida Senate - 2013                                     SB 578
       By Senator Clemens
       27-01285-13                                            2013578__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to public construction projects;
    3         amending s. 255.20, F.S.; requiring state agencies to
    4         specify certain products associated with public works
    5         projects; amending s. 255.2575, F.S.; prohibiting
    6         state agencies from excluding the use of certain
    7         building rating systems, building codes, or published
    8         supplements for certain construction and renovation
    9         projects; providing an effective date.
   11  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   13         Section 1. Subsection (3) of section 255.20, Florida
   14  Statutes, is amended to read:
   15         255.20 Local bids and contracts for public construction
   16  works; specification of state-produced lumber.—
   17         (3) All state agencies, county officials, boards of county
   18  commissioners, school boards, city councils, city commissioners,
   19  and all other public officers of state boards or commissions
   20  that are charged with the letting of contracts for public work,
   21  for the construction of public bridges, buildings, and other
   22  structures must specify lumber, timber, and other forest
   23  products produced and manufactured in this state if such
   24  products are available and their price, fitness, and quality are
   25  equal. This subsection does not apply to plywood specified for
   26  monolithic concrete forms, if the structural or service
   27  requirements for timber for a particular job cannot be supplied
   28  by native species, or if the construction is financed in whole
   29  or in part from federal funds with the requirement that there be
   30  no restrictions as to species or place of manufacture.
   31         Section 2. Subsection (4) is added to section 255.2575,
   32  Florida Statutes, to read:
   33         255.2575 Energy-efficient and sustainable buildings.—
   34         (4) For new construction and renovation projects associated
   35  with publicly owned buildings or facilities, a state agency may
   36  not, when requiring compliance with a sustainable building
   37  rating system or national model green building code, exclude the
   38  use of a sustainable building rating system, national model
   39  green building code listed in s. 255.253(7), or the most recent
   40  edition of the Green Plumbing Mechanical Code Supplement,
   41  including appendices, as copyrighted and published by the
   42  International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials.
   43         Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2013.