Florida Senate - 2016                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 704
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                   Comm: WD            .                                
                  02/01/2016           .                                

       The Committee on Community Affairs (Hutson) recommended the
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Between lines 304 and 305
    4  insert:
    5         Section 3. Section 468.833, Florida Statutes, is created to
    6  read:
    7         468.833 Pasco County Combination Inspector Pilot Program.—
    8         (1) The Pasco County Combination Inspector Pilot Program is
    9  established in the Pasco County Building Department.
   10         (2) The Legislature finds that home inspectors are not only
   11  required to pass the examination required by the department, but
   12  are required to complete a course of study of at least 120 hours
   13  before they can begin performing home inspections in this state.
   14  The required training artificially inflates the cost of doing
   15  residential inspections and effectively limits the availability
   16  of combination inspectors, who can perform building, mechanical,
   17  plumbing, and electrical inspections in a single visit. Due to
   18  the current training requirement, it is extraordinarily
   19  difficult for an inspector to satisfy the training requirements
   20  that would allow him or her to perform inspections in each of
   21  the four areas of residential construction.
   22         (3)(a) Notwithstanding s. 468.8313, the Pasco County
   23  building official and the assistant county administrator for
   24  development services may waive the minimum 120 hours of course
   25  study required under that section to obtain a home inspector
   26  license.
   27         (b) The Pasco County building official and the assistant
   28  county administrator shall require 100 hours of on-the-job
   29  training for a home inspector in each area of residential
   30  construction in which he or she wishes to perform inspections.
   31  The 100 hours of on-the-job training must be achieved through
   32  home inspections in Pasco County and must be overseen by a Pasco
   33  County licensed home inspector who has completed the minimum 120
   34  hours of course study required pursuant to s. 468.8313.
   35         (4) The Pasco County Building Official and Assistant County
   36  Administrator for Development Services shall each provide a
   37  report on the implementation of the pilot program to the chairs
   38  of the Regulated Industries and Regulatory Affairs Committees by
   39  March 1, 2017, and March 1, 2018. At a minimum, the reports must
   40  include the advantages and disadvantages of replacing the
   41  minimum 120 hours of course study with 100 hours of on-the-job
   42  training, the estimated cost savings of the pilot program at the
   43  county and state level, and recommendations to improve the pilot
   44  program.
   45         (5) The Pasco County Combination Inspector Program shall
   46  expire on June 30, 2018, unless otherwise provided by law.
   48  ================= T I T L E  A M E N D M E N T ================
   49  And the title is amended as follows:
   50         Delete lines 8 - 9
   51  and insert:
   52         provisional certificates; amending s. 468.627, F.S.;
   53         requiring a licensee or certificateholder to undergo
   54         code-related training as part of his or her continuing
   55         education courses; creating s. 468.833, F.S.;
   56         establishing the Pasco County Combination Inspector
   57         Pilot Program within the Pasco County Building
   58         Department; providing legislative findings; providing
   59         education and licensing requirements for certain
   60         inspectors; requiring reports to be submitted to the
   61         chairs of the Regulated Industries and Regulatory
   62         Affairs Committees by specified dates; providing
   63         requirements for the report; providing for future
   64         expiration of the pilot program; amending ss.
   65         471.0195, 481.215, and 481.313, F.S.; requiring a