CS/HB 709

A bill to be entitled
2An act relating to liquefied petroleum gas; amending s.
3527.06, F.S.; prohibiting the Department of Agriculture
4and Consumer Services and other state agencies from
5requiring compliance with certain national standards for
6liquefied petroleum gas tanks unless the department or
7agencies require compliance with a specified edition of
8the national standards; providing for conditional repeal;
9amending s. 527.21, F.S.; revising the term "propane" for
10purposes of the Florida Propane Gas Education, Safety, and
11Research Act, to incorporate changes to certain national
12standards in a reference thereto; providing an effective
15Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
17     Section 1.  Subsection (3) of section 527.06, Florida
18Statutes, is amended to read:
19     527.06  Rules.-
20     (3)(a)  Rules in substantial conformity with the published
21standards of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) are
22shall be deemed to be in substantial conformity with the
23generally accepted standards of safety concerning the same
24subject matter.
25     (b)1.  Notwithstanding any other law, the department or
26other state agency may not require compliance with the minimum
27separation distances of NFPA 58 for separation between a
28liquefied petroleum gas tank and a building, adjoining property
29line, other liquefied petroleum gas tank, or any source of
30ignition, except in compliance with the minimum separation
31distances of the 2011 edition of NFPA 58.
32     2.  This paragraph is repealed upon the effective date of
33rules adopted by the department, the Florida Building Commission
34as part of the Florida Building Code, or the Office of the State
35Fire Marshal as part of the Florida Fire Prevention Code,
36whichever occurs last, which rules adopt the minimum separation
37distances of the 2011 edition of NFPA 58, whether adopted by
38setting out the minimum separation distances in the text of the
39rules or through incorporation by reference.
40     Section 2.  Subsection (11) of section 527.21, Florida
41Statutes, is amended to read:
42     527.21  Definitions relating to Florida Propane Gas
43Education, Safety, and Research Act.-As used in ss. 527.20-
44527.23, the term:
45     (11)  "Propane" includes propane, butane, mixtures, and
46liquefied petroleum gas as defined by the National Fire
47Protection Association (NFPA) Standard 58, For The Storage and
48Handling of Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code Gases.
49     Section 3.  This act shall take effect July 1, 2011.

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