Legislative Update – HB 613

An amendment was filed and passed yesterday on HB 613 - Higher Education which allows the State University System to circumvent the qualifications-based selection process of the Consultants' Competitive Negotiation Act (CCNA).

Your FES/ACEC-FL Legislative Team will be meeting with the House Bill sponsor, Ray Wesley Rodrigues (R-76), today. We’re also working to keep it off the Senate version of the bill.

We’ll know more after our meeting this afternoon. The Senate version still has 2 committees. Neither will be heard for several days at the earliest.

The Florida Engineering Society promotes and defends the professional interests of all engineers in the state of Florida and will work diligently to remove those provisions from the bill.

We will provide regular updates as they occur.  Please email shobbs@fleng.org with questions.

HB 707/SB 1124 Sunsets Professional Engineering License

Legislation has been filed to sunset Chapter 471 F.S., and the Professional Engineers license effective July 1, 2024.  The legislationHouse Bill 707, sunsets all occupational and professional licenses under the purview of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation beginning July 1, 2021. The bill was filed in the House Wednesday evening (Nov. 20), and the Senate version Senate Bill 1124 was filed Thursday evening (Dec. 5).

The bill requires a systematic review of each license to determine whether final repeal will occur, but does not provide detail as to how that review will occur.

The Florida Engineering Society and the American Council of Engineering Companies of Florida feel strongly about the importance of engineering licensure and the accountability of the engineering profession, will oppose the inclusion of Chapter 471 F.S. and engineering licensure in this bill, and will work diligently to remove those provisions from the bill.

We will provide regular updates as they occur via our website www.fleng.orgFacebookLinkedInand Twitter with instructions for you to be personally involved in our effort to protect engineering licensure.

Click here for Bill Tracking and the 2020 Legislative Agenda

Questions or feedback, please email: SaveMyPELicense@fleng.org

*** February 27, 2020 Update ***

HB 707 Legislative Review of Occupational Regulations (Renner)
HOUSE Read Second Time; Read Third Time; Passed (Vote: 85 Yeas / 29 Nays)
FES and ACEC-FL are continuing to work with legislators to have engineers removed from the bill and will keep you informed of any updates and calls to action.

*** February 20, 2020 Update ***

HB 707 Legislative Review of Occupational Regulations (Renner) Actions HOUSE Placed on Special Order Calendar, 02/26/2020. 

*** February 18, 2020 Update ***

SB 1124 was heard in its first committee February 17, 2020.

Governmental Oversight and Accountability - Favorable 3 Yeas, 1 Nay

The bill will now move to Senate Appropriations.

*** February 10, 2020 Update ***

HB 707 has been removed from the Appropriations committee.The bill will now move to the House Floor.

*** February 7, 2020 Update ***

HB 707 passed in the second committee Health & Human Services Committee with a vote counts of 12 Yeas, 4 Nays on February 6, 2020.

The bill will now move to the last committee Appropriations.

*** February 4, 2020 Update ***

HB 707 will be heard in its second committee February 6, 2020.

Health & Human Services Committee(On agenda- 02/06/20, 12:00 pm)

*** January 16, 2020 Update ***

HB 707 passed its first committee (Commerce) with a vote count of 22 Yeas to 1 Nay on January 16, 2020.

The bill will now move to the Health & Human Services Committee.

*** January 15, 2020 Update ***

HB 707 will be heard in its first committee tomorrow, January 16, 2020.

Commerce Committee (On agenda for: 01/16/20 2:30 PM)

*** December 16, 2019 Update ***

SB 1124 Referred to 3 Committees:

  • Governmental Oversight and Accountability Committee
  • Rules Committee
  • Appropriations Committe

*** December 9, 2019 Updates ***

Legislation to Sunset PE License Filed in Senate (SB 1124) and Referred to House Committees (HB 707)

HB 707 Referred to 3 Committees:

  • Commerce Committee
  • Health & Human Services Committee
  • Appropriations Committee

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