Florida Senate - 2017 SENATOR AMENDMENT
Bill No. CS for SB 90
Senate . House
Floor: WD/2R .
04/27/2017 09:41 AM .
Senator Brandes moved the following:
1 Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
3 Delete lines 22 - 103
4 and insert:
5 Section 1. Subsection (1) of section 24.118, Florida
6 Statutes, is amended to read:
7 24.118 Other prohibited acts; penalties.—
8 (1) UNLAWFUL EXTENSIONS OF CREDIT.—Any retailer who extends
9 credit or lends money to a person for the purchase of a lottery
10 ticket is guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree,
11 punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083. This
12 subsection shall not be construed to prohibit the purchase of a
13 lottery ticket through the use of a credit or charge card or
14 other instrument issued by a bank, savings association, credit
15 union, or charge card company or by a retailer pursuant to part
part II of chapter 520, provided that any such purchase from
17 a retailer shall be in addition to the purchase of goods and
18 services other than lottery tickets having a cost of no less
19 than $20.
20 Section 2. Section 193.624, Florida Statutes, is amended to
22 193.624 Assessment of renewable energy source devices
23 residential property.—
24 (1) As used in this section, the term “renewable energy
25 source device” means any of the following equipment that
26 collects, transmits, stores, or uses solar energy, wind energy,
27 or energy derived from geothermal deposits:
28 (a) Solar energy collectors, photovoltaic modules, and
30 (b) Storage tanks and other storage systems, excluding
31 swimming pools used as storage tanks.
32 (c) Rockbeds.
33 (d) Thermostats and other control devices.
34 (e) Heat exchange devices.
35 (f) Pumps and fans.
36 (g) Roof ponds.
37 (h) Freestanding thermal containers.
38 (i) Pipes, ducts, wiring, structural supports, refrigerant
39 handling systems, and other components equipment used as
40 integral parts of to interconnect such systems; however, such
41 equipment does not include conventional backup systems of any
42 type or any equipment or structure that would be required in the
43 absence of the renewable energy source device.
44 (j) Windmills and wind turbines.
45 (k) Wind-driven generators.
46 (l) Power conditioning and storage devices that store or
47 use solar energy, wind energy, or energy derived from geothermal
48 deposits to generate electricity or mechanical forms of energy.
49 (m) Pipes and other equipment used to transmit hot
50 geothermal water to a dwelling or structure from a geothermal
53 The term does not include equipment that is on the distribution
54 or transmission side of the point at which a renewable energy
55 source device is interconnected to an electric utility’s
56 distribution grid or transmission lines.
57 (2) In determining the assessed value of real property
59 (a) For residential purposes, an increase in the just value
60 of the property attributable to the installation of a renewable
61 energy source device may not be considered.
62 (b) For nonresidential purposes, 80 percent of the just
63 value of the property attributable to a renewable energy source
64 device may not be considered.
65 (3) This section applies to the installation of a renewable
66 energy source device installed on or after January 1, 2013, to
67 new and existing residential real property. This section applies
68 to a renewable energy source device installed on or after
69 January 1, 2018, to all other real property, except when
70 installed as part of a project planned for a location in a
71 fiscally constrained county, as defined in s. 218.67(1), and for
72 which an application for a comprehensive plan amendment or
73 planned unit development zoning has been filed with the county
74 on or before December 31, 2017.
75 Section 3. The amendments made by this act to s. 193.624(2)
76 and (3), Florida Statutes 2016, expire December 31, 2037, and
77 the text of those subsections shall revert to that in existence
78 on December 31, 2017, except that any amendments to such text
79 enacted other than by this act shall be preserved and continue
80 to operate to the extent that such amendments are not dependent
81 upon the portions of text which expire pursuant to this section.
82 Section 4. Section 196.182, Florida Statutes, is created to
84 196.182 Exemption of renewable energy source devices.—
85 (1) Eighty percent of the assessed value of a renewable
86 energy source device, as defined in s. 193.624, which is
87 considered tangible personal property and which is installed on
88 real property on or after January 1, 2018, is exempt from ad
89 valorem taxation.
90 (2) The exemption provided in this section does not apply
91 to a renewable energy source device that is installed as part of
92 a project planned for a location in a fiscally constrained
93 county, as defined in s. 218.67(1), and for which an application
94 for a comprehensive plan amendment or planned unit development
95 zoning has been filed with the county on or before December 31,
97 (3) Notwithstanding this section, a renewable energy source
98 device, as defined in s. 193.624, which is affixed to property
99 owned or leased by the United States Department of Defense for
100 the military is exempt from ad valorem taxation, including, but
101 not limited to, the tangible personal property tax.
102 (4) This section expires December 31, 2037.
103 Section 5. Subsection (13) of section 501.604, Florida
104 Statutes, is amended to read:
105 501.604 Exemptions.—The provisions of this part, except ss.
106 501.608 and 501.616(6) and (7), do not apply to:
107 (13) A commercial telephone seller licensed pursuant to
108 chapter 516 or part III part II of chapter 520. For purposes of
109 this exemption, the seller must solicit to sell a consumer good
110 or service within the scope of his or her license and the
111 completed transaction must be subject to the provisions of
112 chapter 516 or part III part II of chapter 520.
113 Section 6. Parts II, III, IV, and V of chapter 520, Florida
114 Statutes, are renumbered as Parts III, IV, V, and VI,
115 respectively, and a new Part II, consisting of sections 520.20,
116 520.21, 520.22, 520.23, 520.24, 520.25, and 520.26, Florida
117 Statutes, is created to read:
118 PART II
119 RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCE DEVICE SALES
120 520.20 Definitions.—As used in this part, the term:
121 (1) “Agreement” means a contract executed between a buyer
122 or lessee and a seller that leases or sells a renewable energy
123 source device for installation on residential real property. As
124 used in this part, the term includes retail installment
126 (2) “Buyer” means an individual that enters into an
127 agreement to buy or lease a renewable energy source device from
128 a seller for installation on residential real property. As used
129 in this subsection, the term “individual” means a single human
130 being and does not include a firm, association of individuals,
131 corporation, partnership, joint venture, sole proprietorship, or
132 other entity.
133 (3) “Renewable energy source device” means a device or
134 system that is used to generate or store electricity; that has
135 an electric delivery capacity, individually or in connection
136 with other similar devices or systems, of greater than 1
137 kilowatt or 1 kilowatt hour; that is used primarily for onsite
138 consumption; and that is to be installed on residential real
139 property. The term does not include an electric generator
140 intended for occasional use.
141 (4) “Lessee” means a person that enters into an agreement
142 to lease or rent a renewable energy source device for
143 installation on residential real property.
144 (5) “Retail installment contract” means an agreement
145 executed in this state between a buyer and a seller in which the
146 title to, or a lien upon, a renewable energy source device is
147 retained or taken by the seller from the buyer as security, in
148 whole or in part, for the buyer’s obligations to make specified
149 payments over time.
150 (6) “Seller” means a person who is a solar contractor
151 licensed in this state under chapter 489.
152 520.21 Applicability.—This part applies to agreements to
153 sell or lease a renewable energy source device and is
154 supplemental to other provisions contained in part III related
155 to retail installment contracts. If any provision related to
156 retail installment contract requirements for a renewable energy
157 source device under this part conflicts with any other provision
158 related to retail installment contracts, this part controls.
159 520.22 Safety compliance.—A seller who installs a renewable
160 energy source device must comply with applicable safety
161 standards established by the Department of Business and
162 Professional Regulation pursuant to chapter 489 and part IV of
163 chapter 553.
164 520.23 Disclosures required.—Each agreement governing the
165 sale or lease of a renewable energy source device must, at a
166 minimum, include a written statement printed in at least 12
167 point type which is separate from the agreement, is separately
168 acknowledged by the buyer, and includes the following
169 information and disclosures, if applicable:
170 (1) The name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address
171 of the buyer.
172 (2) The name, address, telephone number, e-mail address,
173 and valid state contractor license number of the person
174 responsible for installing the renewable energy source device.
175 (3) The name, address, telephone number, e-mail address,
176 and valid state contractor license number of the renewable
177 energy source device maintenance provider, if different from the
178 person responsible for installing the renewable energy source
180 (4) A written statement indicating whether the buyer is
181 purchasing or leasing the renewable energy source device.
182 (a) If the lessee is leasing the renewable energy source
183 device, the written statement must include a disclosure in
184 substantially the following form: “YOU ARE ENTERING INTO AN
185 AGREEMENT TO LEASE A RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCE DEVICE. YOU WILL
186 LEASE (NOT OWN) THE SYSTEM INSTALLED ON YOUR PROPERTY.”
187 (b) If the buyer is purchasing the renewable energy source
188 device, the written statement must include a disclosure in
189 substantially the following form: “YOU ARE ENTERING INTO AN
190 AGREEMENT TO PURCHASE A RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCE DEVICE. YOU WILL
191 OWN (NOT LEASE) THE SYSTEM INSTALLED ON YOUR PROPERTY.”
192 (5) The total cost to be paid by the buyer or lessee,
193 including any interest, installation fees, document preparation
194 fees, service fees, or other fees, if financed by the seller.
195 (6) A payment schedule, including any amounts owed at
196 contract signing, at the commencement of installation, and at
197 the completion of installation, and any final payments, if
198 financed by the seller. If the renewable energy source device is
199 being leased, the written statement must include the frequency
200 and amount of each payment due under the lease and the total
201 estimated lease payments over the term of the lease.
202 (7) Each state or federal tax incentive or rebate, if any,
203 relied upon by the seller in determining the price of the
204 renewable energy source device.
205 (8) A description of the assumptions used to calculate any
206 savings estimates provided to the buyer and, if such estimates
207 are provided, a statement in substantially the following form:
208 “It is important to understand that future electric utility
209 rates are estimates only. Your future electric utility rates may
211 (9) A description of any one-time or recurring fees,
212 including, but not limited to, estimated system removal fees,
213 maintenance fees, Internet connection fees, and automated
214 clearinghouse fees. If late fees may apply, the description must
215 describe the circumstances triggering such late fees.
216 (10) A statement notifying the buyer whether the renewable
217 energy source device is being financed and, if so, a statement
218 in substantially the following form: “If your system is
219 financed, carefully read any agreements and/or disclosure forms
220 provided by your lender. This statement does not contain the
221 terms of your financing agreement. If you have any questions
222 about your financing agreement, contact your finance provider
223 before signing a contract.”
224 (11) A statement notifying the buyer whether the seller is
225 assisting in arranging financing of the renewable energy source
226 device and, if so, a statement in substantially the following
227 form: “If your system is financed, carefully read any agreements
228 and/or disclosure forms provided by your lender. This statement
229 does not contain the terms of your financing agreement. If you
230 have any questions about your financing agreement, contact your
231 finance provider before signing a contract.”
232 (12) A provision notifying the buyer or lessee of the right
233 to rescind the agreement for a period of at least 3 business
234 days after the agreement is signed. This subsection does not
235 apply to a contract to sell or lease a renewable energy source
236 device in a solar community in which the entire community has
237 been marketed as a solar community and all of the homes in the
238 community are intended to have a renewable energy source device,
239 or a solar community in which the developer has incorporated
240 solar technology for purposes of meeting the Florida Building
241 Code in s. 553.73.
242 (13) A description of the renewable energy source device
243 design assumptions, including the make and model of the major
244 components, system size, estimated first-year energy production,
245 and estimated annual energy production decreases, including the
246 overall percentage degradation over the estimated life of the
247 renewable energy source device, and the status of utility
248 compensation for excess energy generated by the system at the
249 time of contract signing. A seller who provides a warranty or
250 guarantee of the energy production output of the renewable
251 energy source device may provide a description of such warranty
252 or guarantee in lieu of a description of the system design and
254 (14) A description of any performance or production
256 (15) A description of the ownership and transferability of
257 any tax credits, rebates, incentives, or renewable energy
258 certificates associated with the renewable energy source device,
259 including a disclosure as to whether the seller will assign or
260 sell any associated renewable energy certificates to a third
262 (16) A statement in substantially the following form: “You
263 are responsible for property taxes on property you own. Consult
264 a tax professional to understand any tax liability or
265 eligibility for any tax credits that may result from the
266 purchase of your renewable energy source device.”
267 (17) The approximate start and completion dates for the
268 installation of the renewable energy source device.
269 (18) A disclosure as to whether maintenance and repairs of
270 the renewable energy source device are included in the purchase
272 (19) A disclosure as to whether any warranty or maintenance
273 obligations related to the renewable energy source device may be
274 sold or transferred by the seller to a third party and, if so, a
275 statement in substantially the following form: “Your contract
276 may be assigned, sold, or transferred without your consent to a
277 third party who will be bound to all the terms of the contract.
278 If a transfer occurs, you will be notified if this will change
279 the address or phone number to use for system maintenance or
280 repair requests.”
281 (20) If the buyer is purchasing the renewable energy source
282 device, a disclosure notifying the buyer of the requirements for
283 interconnecting the system to the utility system.
284 (21) A disclosure notifying the buyer or lessee of the
285 party responsible for obtaining interconnection approval.
286 (22) A description of any roof warranties.
287 (23) A disclosure notifying the lessee whether the seller
288 will insure a leased renewable energy source device against
289 damage or loss and, if applicable, the circumstances under which
290 the seller will not insure the system against damage or loss.
291 (24) A statement, if applicable, in substantially the
292 following form: “You are responsible for obtaining insurance
293 policies or coverage for any loss of or damage to the system.
294 Consult an insurance professional to understand how to protect
295 against the risk of loss or damage to the system.”
296 (25) A disclosure notifying the buyer or lessee whether the
297 seller or lessor will place a lien on the buyer’s or lessee’s
298 home or other property as a result of entering into a purchase
299 or lease agreement for the renewable energy source device.
300 (26) A disclosure notifying the buyer or lessee whether the
301 seller or lessor will file a fixture filing or a State of
302 Florida Uniform Commercial Code Financing Statement Form (UCC-1)
303 on the renewable energy source device.
304 (27) A disclosure identifying whether the agreement
305 contains any restrictions on the buyer’s or lessee’s ability to
306 modify or transfer ownership of a renewable energy source
307 device, including whether any modification or transfer is
308 subject to review or approval by a third party.
309 (28) A disclosure as to whether the lease agreement may be
310 transferred to a purchaser upon sale of the home or real
311 property to which the system is affixed, and any conditions for
312 such transfer.
313 (29) A blank section that allows the seller to provide
314 additional relevant disclosures or explain disclosures made
315 elsewhere in the disclosure form.
316 520.24 Rulemaking authority; standard disclosure form.—
317 (1) The Department of Business and Professional Regulation
318 shall adopt rules to implement and enforce this part.
319 (2) The Department of Business and Professional Regulation
320 shall, by January 1, 2018, publish standard disclosure forms
321 that may be used to comply with the disclosure requirements of
322 this part. Disclosures provided in substantially the form
323 published by the department shall be regarded as complying with
324 the disclosure requirements of this part.
325 520.25 Penalties.—Any seller who willfully and
326 intentionally violates any provision of this part commits a
327 noncriminal violation, as defined in s. 775.08(3), punishable by
328 a fine not to exceed the lesser of either the cost of the
329 removal of the renewable energy source device by an independent
330 third party or the cost of the renewable energy source device.
331 520.26 Exemptions.—This part does not apply to the
333 (1) A person or company, acting through its officers,
334 employees, brokers, or agents, that markets, sells, solicits,
335 negotiates, or enters into an agreement for the sale or
336 financing of a renewable energy source device as part of a
337 transaction involving the sale or transfer of the real property
338 on which the system is or will be affixed.
339 (2) A transaction involving the sale or transfer of the
340 real property on which a renewable energy source device is
342 (3) A third party, including a local government, that
343 enters into an agreement for the financing of a renewable energy
344 source device.
345 (4) The sale or lease of a renewable energy source device
346 to be installed on nonresidential real property.
347 Section 7. Subsection (6) of section 520.68, Florida
348 Statutes, is amended to read:
349 520.68 Persons not required to be licensed.—No home
350 improvement finance seller’s or seller’s license shall be
351 required under this act of any person when acting in any
352 capacity or type of transaction set forth in this section:
353 (6) Retail establishments, including employees thereof,
354 which are licensed under part III part II of this chapter and
355 which engage in home improvements as an incidental part of their
356 business. However, such retail establishments and their
357 employees shall be governed by all other provisions contained in
358 this act.
359 Section 8. Paragraph (d) of subsection (2) of section
360 671.304, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
361 671.304 Laws not repealed; precedence where code provisions
362 in conflict with other laws; certain statutory remedies
364 (2) The following laws and parts of laws are specifically
365 not repealed and shall take precedence over any provisions of
366 this code which may be inconsistent or in conflict therewith:
367 (d) Chapter 520—Retail installment sales (Part I, Motor
368 Vehicle Sales Finance Act; Part III Part II, Retail Installment
369 Sales Act; Part IV Part III, Installment Sales Finance Act).
370 Section 9. For the purpose of incorporating the amendment
371 made by this act to section 193.624, Florida Statutes, in a
372 reference thereto, paragraph (a) of subsection (4) of section
373 193.155, Florida Statutes, is reenacted to read:
374 193.155 Homestead assessments.—Homestead property shall be
375 assessed at just value as of January 1, 1994. Property receiving
376 the homestead exemption after January 1, 1994, shall be assessed
377 at just value as of January 1 of the year in which the property
378 receives the exemption unless the provisions of subsection (8)
380 (4)(a) Except as provided in paragraph (b) and s. 193.624,
381 changes, additions, or improvements to homestead property shall
382 be assessed at just value as of the first January 1 after the
383 changes, additions, or improvements are substantially completed.
384 Section 10. For the purpose of incorporating the amendment
385 made by this act to section 193.624, Florida Statutes, in a
386 reference thereto, paragraph (a) of subsection (6) of section
387 193.1554, Florida Statutes, is reenacted to read:
388 193.1554 Assessment of nonhomestead residential property.—
389 (6)(a) Except as provided in paragraph (b) and s. 193.624,
390 changes, additions, or improvements to nonhomestead residential
391 property shall be assessed at just value as of the first January
392 1 after the changes, additions, or improvements are
393 substantially completed.
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396 And the title is amended as follows:
397 Delete lines 3 - 17
398 and insert:
399 amending s. 24.118, F.S.; conforming a cross
400 reference; amending s. 193.624, F.S.; revising the
401 definition of the term “renewable energy source
402 device”; prohibiting the consideration of just value
403 of property attributable to a renewable energy source
404 device in determining the assessed value of real
405 property used for residential purposes; prohibiting
406 the consideration of a specified percentage of the
407 just value of property attributable to a renewable
408 energy source device in determining the assessed value
409 of real property used for nonresidential purposes;
410 revising applicability; providing for expiration and
411 reversion of specified amendments made by the act;
412 creating s. 196.182, F.S.; exempting a specified
413 percentage of the assessed value of certain renewable
414 energy source devices from ad valorem taxation;
415 providing applicability; exempting renewable energy
416 source devices affixed to property owned or leased by
417 the United States Department of Defense for the
418 military from ad valorem taxation; providing for
419 expiration; amending s. 501.604, F.S.; conforming
420 cross-references; reordering ch. 520, F.S., and
421 creating part II of ch. 520, F.S., to be entitled
422 “Renewable Energy Source Device Sales”; creating s.
423 520.20, F.S.; defining terms; creating s. 520.21,
424 F.S.; providing applicability and construction;
425 creating s. 520.22, F.S.; requiring sellers of
426 renewable energy source devices to comply with certain
427 safety standards established by the Department of
428 Business and Professional Regulation; creating s.
429 520.23, F.S.; specifying requirements for a written
430 statement in agreements governing the sale or lease of
431 renewable energy source devices; creating s. 520.24,
432 F.S.; requiring the department to adopt rules;
433 requiring the department, by a specified date, to
434 publish standard disclosure forms; providing
435 construction; creating s. 520.25, F.S.; providing a
436 penalty for willful and intentional violations;
437 creating s. 520.26, F.S.; providing exemptions from
438 applicability; amending ss. 520.68 and 671.304, F.S.;
439 conforming cross-references; reenacting ss.
440 193.155(4)(a) and 193.1554(6)(a), F.S., relating to
441 homestead assessments and nonhomestead residential
442 property assessments, respectively, to incorporate the
443 amendment made to s. 193.624, F.S., in references