Florida Senate - 2017 COMMITTEE AMENDMENT Bill No. PCS (783680) for SB 1398 Ì259196QÎ259196 LEGISLATIVE ACTION Senate . House Comm: RCS . 04/26/2017 . . . . ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— The Committee on Appropriations (Stewart) recommended the following: 1 Senate Amendment (with title amendment) 2 3 Delete everything after the enacting clause 4 and insert: 5 Section 1. Section 553.5141, Florida Statutes, is created 6 to read: 7 553.5141 Certifications of conformity and remediation 8 plans.— 9 (1) For purposes of this section: 10 (a) “Commerce” means travel, trade, traffic, commerce, 11 transportation, or communication: 12 1. Among the several states; 13 2. Between any foreign country or any territory or 14 possession and any state; or 15 3. Between points in the same state but through another 16 state or foreign country. 17 (b) “Department” means the Department of Business and 18 Professional Regulation. 19 (c) “Facility” means all or any portion of buildings, 20 structures, sites, complexes, equipment, rolling stock or other 21 conveyances, roads, walks, passageways, parking lots, or other 22 real or personal property, including the site where the 23 building, property, structure, or equipment is located. 24 (d) “Qualified expert” means: 25 1. An engineer licensed pursuant to chapter 471. 26 2. A certified general contractor licensed pursuant to 27 chapter 489. 28 3. A certified building contractor licensed pursuant to 29 chapter 489. 30 4. A building code administrator licensed pursuant to 31 chapter 468. 32 5. A building inspector licensed pursuant to chapter 468. 33 6. A plans examiner licensed pursuant to chapter 468. 34 7. An interior designer licensed pursuant to chapter 481. 35 8. An architect licensed pursuant to chapter 481. 36 9. A landscape architect licensed pursuant to chapter 481. 37 10. Any person who has had a remediation plan related to a 38 claim under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 39 U.S.C. s. 12182, accepted by a federal court in a settlement 40 agreement or court proceeding, or who has been qualified as an 41 expert in Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 42 U.S.C. s. 12182, by a federal court. 43 (e) “Place of public accommodation” means a facility 44 operated by a private entity whose operations affect commerce 45 and is a private entity as described in 42 U.S.C. s. 12181(7). 46 (f) “Private entity” means any nongovernmental entity, such 47 as a corporation, partnership, company or nonprofit 48 organization, any other legal entity, or any natural person. 49 (g) “Registry” means the registry of certifications of 50 competency and remediation plans filed by places of public 51 accommodation and maintained by the department. 52 (2)(a) An owner of a place of public accommodation who 53 requests that the owner’s facility be inspected by a qualified 54 expert may submit a certification of conformity with the 55 department which indicates that such place of public 56 accommodation conforms to Title III of the Americans with 57 Disabilities Act; such certification of conformity shall be 58 valid for 3 years after the date of issuance. Any certification 59 of conformity filed with the department must include: 60 1. The date that the place of public accommodation was 61 inspected. 62 2. The name of the qualified expert or any other person who 63 inspected the place of public accommodation. 64 3. Proof of qualification as an expert in accordance with 65 paragraph (1)(d), including a license number or a sworn 66 statement indicating the person has at least one order by a 67 federal court accepting a remediation plan of the qualified 68 expert in a settlement agreement or at least one order by a 69 federal court accepting the qualified expert’s testimony related 70 to Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. 71 s. 12182. 72 4. A statement in writing by the qualified expert attesting 73 that the information contained in the certification of 74 conformity is complete and accurate. 75 (b) An owner of a place of public accommodation who 76 requests that the owner’s facility be inspected by a qualified 77 expert may submit a remediation plan with the department that 78 indicates that such place of public accommodation plans to 79 conform to Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act 80 within a specified time period. Any remediation plan submitted 81 to the department which indicates that a place of public 82 accommodation does not conform to Title III of the Americans 83 with Disabilities Act must include a remediation plan to remedy 84 the deficiencies, which includes a reasonable amount of time, 85 not to exceed 10 years, in which the plan must be completed. The 86 plan must include: 87 1. The date that the place of public of accommodation was 88 inspected. 89 2. The name of the qualified expert or any other person who 90 inspected the place of public accommodation. 91 3. Identification of specific remedial measures that the 92 place of public accommodation will undertake. 93 4. The anticipated date of initiation and completion for 94 each remedial measure that the place of public accommodation has 95 agreed to undertake. 96 5. Proof of qualification as an expert in accordance with 97 paragraph (1)(d), including a license number or a sworn 98 statement indicating the qualified expert has at least one order 99 by a federal court accepting a remediation plan prepared by the 100 qualified expert in a settlement agreement or at least one order 101 by a federal court accepting the qualified expert’s testimony 102 related to Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 103 U.S.C. s. 12182. 104 6. A statement in writing by the qualified expert attesting 105 that the information contained in the remediation plan is 106 complete and accurate. 107 (3) An owner of a place of public accommodation may file a 108 certification of conformity or a remediation plan with the 109 department. Such filing serves as notice to the public that the 110 place of public accommodation is in compliance with Title III of 111 the Americans with Disabilities Act or that such place of public 112 accommodation is making reasonable efforts to come into 113 compliance with the act. 114 (4) The department shall develop and maintain a website, 115 accessible to the public, which provides an electronic registry 116 of certifications of conformity and remediation plans. 117 (5) In any action brought in this state alleging a 118 violation of Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, 119 42 U.S.C. s. 12182, the court shall consider any remediation 120 plan or certification of conformity filed in accordance with 121 this section by a place of public accommodation with the 122 department before the filing of the plaintiff’s complaint when 123 the court considers and determines whether the plaintiff’s 124 complaint was filed in good faith and whether the plaintiff is 125 entitled to attorney fees and costs. 126 Section 2. For the 2017-2018 fiscal year, the sums of 127 $5,000 in recurring funds and $155,000 in nonrecurring funds 128 from the Professional Regulation Trust Fund are appropriated to 129 the Department of Business and Professional Regulation for the 130 purpose of implementing this act. 131 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2017. 132 133 ================= T I T L E A M E N D M E N T ================ 134 And the title is amended as follows: 135 Delete everything before the enacting clause 136 and insert: 137 A bill to be entitled 138 An act relating to the accessibility of places of 139 public accommodation; creating s. 553.5141, F.S.; 140 providing definitions; authorizing qualified experts 141 to advise and provide certain inspections for places 142 of public accommodation relating to the Americans with 143 Disabilities Act; authorizing an owner of a place of 144 public accommodation to request that his or her 145 facility be inspected for specified purposes; 146 authorizing an owner of a place of public 147 accommodation to file a certification of conformity or 148 remediation plan with the Department of Business and 149 Professional Regulation; requiring a court to consider 150 certain information in specified actions; requiring 151 the department to develop and maintain a website for 152 specified purposes; providing an appropriation; 153 providing an effective date.