Florida Senate - 2020 SB 890 By Senator Perry 8-01115-20 2020890__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to local licensing; creating s. 3 489.1175, F.S.; defining terms; providing that 4 individuals who hold valid, active local licenses may 5 work within the scope of such licenses in any local 6 government jurisdiction without needing to meet 7 certain additional licensing requirements; requiring 8 licensees to provide consumers with certain 9 information; providing that local governments have 10 disciplinary jurisdiction over such licensees; 11 requiring local governments to forward any 12 disciplinary orders to a licensee’s original licensing 13 jurisdiction for further action; requiring the 14 Department of Business and Professional Regulation to 15 create and maintain a local licensing information 16 system; requiring local governments to provide the 17 department with specified information; providing an 18 effective date. 19 20 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 21 22 Section 1. Section 489.1175, Florida Statutes, is created 23 to read: 24 489.1175 Local licensing; portability.— 25 (1) As used in this section, the term: 26 (a) “Noncontractor job scope” means any category of work 27 that is done to real property and that does not substantially 28 correspond to the job scope of one of the contractor categories 29 defined in s. 489.105(3)(a)-(o). The term includes, but is not 30 limited to, the performance or installation of awnings, 31 cabinetry, carpentry, caulking, debris removal, driveways, 32 drywall, fence and decks, flooring, garage doors, glass and 33 glazing, gunite, gutters and downspouts, hurricane shutters, 34 insulation, interior remodeling, irrigation, landscaping, 35 lightning protection systems, masonry, nonelectrical signs, 36 painting, paving, plastering, stuccoing, tennis courts, vinyl 37 siding and ornamental or decorative iron, stone, tile, marble, 38 granite, or terrazzo. 39 (b) “Local government” means a county or municipality 40 within this state. 41 (c) “Local license” means a license, registration, or 42 similar permit issued and required by a local government for a 43 noncontractor job scope. 44 (2)(a) An individual who holds a valid, active local 45 license may work within the scope of such license in any local 46 government jurisdiction in addition to the original licensing 47 jurisdiction without having to obtain an additional local 48 license, take an additional local license examination, or pay an 49 additional local license fee. This section does not affect the 50 ability of any local government to collect business taxes, 51 subject to s. 205.065. 52 (b) A licensee who works in the jurisdiction of a local 53 government under the portability protections of this section 54 shall provide a consumer who seeks his or her services 55 information sufficient for the consumer to access the 56 department’s local licensing information under subsection (4), 57 so that the consumer may verify his or her license status in the 58 relevant licensing jurisdiction. 59 (3) A local government has the same disciplinary 60 jurisdiction over an individual operating outside his or her 61 original licensing jurisdiction pursuant to this section as it 62 has over its own local licensees, including, but not limited to, 63 the authority to suspend or revoke an individual licensee’s 64 ability to operate within its jurisdiction. A local government 65 shall forward any disciplinary orders to an individual’s 66 original licensing jurisdiction for further action, as 67 appropriate. The original licensing jurisdiction may take action 68 against a licensee for being disciplined by another local 69 licensing jurisdiction or for violating the original licensing 70 jurisdiction’s noncontractor job scope in another jurisdiction. 71 (4)(a) The department shall create and maintain an online 72 local licensing information system whereby the public may review 73 the licensing status of individuals holding a local license. 74 (b) A local government that issues a local license must 75 provide information to the department which is necessary to 76 maintain the local licensing information system with respect to 77 the jurisdiction of such local government. Information provided 78 must include at least the name, business name, address, license 79 number, and licensing status of the local licensee. A local 80 government may fulfill this obligation by maintaining its own 81 website that the department may link to, or by providing the 82 information at least monthly to the department. 83 Section 2. This act shall take effect October 1, 2020.