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CS/HB 901 — Household Moving Services

by Economic Affairs Committee; Rep. Horner and others (CS/CS/SB 296 by Community Affairs Committee; Commerce and Tourism Committee; and Senator Wise)

This summary is provided for information only and does not represent the opinion of any Senator, Senate Officer, or Senate Office.

Prepared by: Commerce and Tourism Committee (CM)

The bill preempts local government ordinances regulating movers of household goods or moving brokers that were enacted after January 1, 2011. Therefore, local government ordinances enacted prior to January 1, 2011, may remain in effect, provided that such ordinances levy “reasonable” registration fees that do not exceed the cost of administering the ordinances. However, these existing ordinances only apply to a mover or moving broker if the mover or moving broker’s principal place of business is located in the jurisdiction having such an ordinance. The bill further clarifies that the preemption does not apply to a local government’s authority to levy local business taxes.

In addition, the bill:

  • Requires movers to register biennially, rather than annually, with the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services; and
  • Clarifies the definition of storage.

If approved by the Governor, these provisions take effect July 1, 2011.
Vote:  Senate 39-0; House 114-0