Florida Senate - 2013                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 1252
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                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                  Comm: RCS            .                                
                  03/21/2013           .                                

       The Committee on Community Affairs (Simpson) recommended the
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Between lines 208 and 209
    4  insert:
    5         Section 4. Section 489.514, Florida Statutes, is amended to
    6  read:
    7         489.514 Certification for registered contractors;
    8  grandfathering provisions.—
    9         (1) The board shall, upon receipt of a completed
   10  application, appropriate fee, and proof of compliance with the
   11  provisions of this section, issue:
   12         (a) To an applying registered electrical contractor, a
   13  certificate as an electrical contractor, as defined in s.
   14  489.505(12); or
   15         (b) To an applying registered alarm system contractor, a
   16  certificate in the matching alarm system contractor category, as
   17  defined in s. 489.505(2)(a) or (b); or
   18         (c) To an applying registered electrical specialty
   19  contractor, a certificate in the matching electrical specialty
   20  contractor category, as defined in s. 489.505(19).
   21         (2) Any contractor registered under this part who makes
   22  application under this section to the board shall meet each of
   23  the following requirements for certification:
   24         (a) Currently holds a valid registered local license in the
   25  category of electrical contractor, alarm system contractor, or
   26  electrical specialty contractor.
   27         (b) Has, for that category, passed a written, proctored
   28  examination that the board finds to be substantially similar to
   29  the examination required to be licensed as a certified
   30  contractor under this part. For purposes of this subsection, a
   31  written, proctored examination such as that produced by the
   32  National Assessment Institute, Block and Associates, NAI/Block,
   33  Experior Assessments, Professional Testing, Inc., or Assessment
   34  Systems, Inc., shall be considered to be substantially similar
   35  to the examination required to be licensed as a certified
   36  contractor. The board may not impose or make any requirements
   37  regarding the nature or content of these cited examinations.
   38         (c) Has at least 5 years of experience as a contractor in
   39  that contracting category, or as an inspector or building
   40  administrator with oversight over that category, at the time of
   41  application. For contractors, only time periods in which the
   42  contractor license is active and the contractor is not on
   43  probation shall count toward the 5 years required under this
   44  subsection.
   45         (d) Has not had his or her contractor’s license revoked at
   46  any time, had his or her contractor’s license suspended in the
   47  last 5 years, or been assessed a fine in excess of $500 in the
   48  last 5 years.
   49         (e) Is in compliance with the insurance and financial
   50  responsibility requirements in s. 489.515(1)(b).
   51         (3) An applicant must make application by November 1, 2015
   52  2004, to be licensed pursuant to this section.
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   55         And the title is amended as follows:
   56         Delete line 24
   57  and insert:
   58         licensees; amending s. 489.514, F.S.; extending the
   59         date by which an applicant must make application for a
   60         license to be grandfathered; amending s. 489.531,
   61         F.S.; revising a