SB 346                                     First Engrossed (ntc)
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to the Florida Real Estate Appraisal
    3         Board; amending s. 475.613, F.S.; revising the
    4         composition of the board; providing an effective date.
    6  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
    8         Section 1. Subsection (1) of section 475.613, Florida
    9  Statutes, is amended to read:
   10         475.613 Florida Real Estate Appraisal Board.—
   11         (1) There is created the Florida Real Estate Appraisal
   12  Board, which shall consist of nine members appointed by the
   13  Governor, subject to confirmation by the Senate. Four members of
   14  the board must be real estate appraisers who have been engaged
   15  in the general practice of appraising real property in this
   16  state for at least 5 years immediately preceding appointment. In
   17  appointing real estate appraisers to the board, while not
   18  excluding other appraisers, the Governor shall give preference
   19  to real estate appraisers who are not primarily engaged in real
   20  estate brokerage or mortgage lending activities. One member Two
   21  members of the board must represent the appraisal management
   22  industry. One member of the board must represent organizations
   23  that use appraisals for the purpose of eminent domain
   24  proceedings, financial transactions, or mortgage insurance.
   25  Three Two members of the board must represent shall be
   26  representatives of the general public and may shall not be
   27  connected in any way with the practice of real estate appraisal.
   28  The appraiser members shall be as representative of the entire
   29  industry as possible, and membership in a nationally recognized
   30  or state-recognized appraisal organization may shall not be a
   31  prerequisite to membership on the board. To the extent possible,
   32  no more than two members of the board shall be primarily
   33  affiliated with any one particular national or state appraisal
   34  association. Two of the members must be licensed or certified
   35  residential real estate appraisers and two of the members must
   36  be certified general real estate appraisers at the time of their
   37  appointment.
   38         (a) Members of the board shall be appointed for 4-year
   39  terms. Any vacancy occurring in the membership of the board
   40  shall be filled by appointment by the Governor for the unexpired
   41  term. Upon expiration of her or his term, a member of the board
   42  shall continue to hold office until the appointment and
   43  qualification of the member’s successor. A member may not be
   44  appointed for more than two consecutive terms. The Governor may
   45  remove any member for cause.
   46         (b) The headquarters for the board shall be in Orlando.
   47         (c) The board shall meet at least once each calendar
   48  quarter to conduct its business.
   49         (d) The members of the board shall elect a chairperson at
   50  the first meeting each year.
   51         (e) Each member of the board is entitled to per diem and
   52  travel expenses as set by legislative appropriation for each day
   53  that the member engages in the business of the board.
   54         Section 2. This act shall take effect November 1, 2021.