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Building Code Adoption

SB 7000 by Sen. Tom Lee (R-Brandon) http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2017/07000 and HB 091 by Rep. Stan McClain http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2017/00901, supported by the homebuilders, reverse the process for revising the Florida Building Code. Current law requires the Florida Building Commission to automatically adopt the International Code Council (ICC) codes every three years, and the Commission then may make Florida-specific modifications. Instead, the bills [...]

By |March 10th, 2017|Codes & Standards, Industry, News & Updates|Comments Off on Building Code Adoption

Workers’ Compensation

Several Florida Supreme Court decisions in the past year, especially related to attorney fees, have resulted in a 14.5 percent current year average increase for workers’ compensation insurance premiums. AFSA-FL is a committed partner to the larger business community that is working to restore the stability and low premiums Florida has enjoyed since the 2003 [...]

By |March 10th, 2017|Industry, Legislative, News & Updates|Comments Off on Workers’ Compensation

Hi-Rise Retrofit

Condominium association interests are taking aim at the hi-rise sprinkler retrofit law that finally took effect December 31, 2016. HB 653 by Rep. George Moraitis (R-Ft. Lauderdale) http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2017/00653 and SB 744 by Sen. Kathleen Passidomo (R-Naples) http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2017/00744 would extend the opt-out and installation deadlines two years each to December 31, 2018, and December 31, 2022, respectively. The bills also [...]

By |March 10th, 2017|Industry, Legislative, News & Updates|Comments Off on Hi-Rise Retrofit

The 2017 Florida Legislative Session

The 2017 Florida Legislative Session officially gets underway on Tuesday, March 7th. The Session lasts 60 calendar days, and unless extended will adjourn on May 5th. AFSA-FL set three top legislative priorities during the joint Board meeting in January: preserving the hi-rise retrofit requirement, preserving the current building code adoption mechanism, and restoring workers’ compensation [...]

By |March 6th, 2017|Industry, Legislative|Comments Off on The 2017 Florida Legislative Session

Quarterly Meeting

Our next quarterly meeting is Monday, April 24 in Ft Myers and is open to members in good standing, RSVP is required.  Karl Thompson, CFPS, will be presenting classes for contractors and AHJs after which all are welcome to join us for dinner, cocktails and an evening of fun off property.  Registration opening soon.  Vendors [...]

By |March 3rd, 2017|News & Updates|Comments Off on Quarterly Meeting

Make the trip to Tallahassee

Relationships.  Our lives and livelihoods are built upon them.  People form bonds with strangers over a hometown, an alma mater or favorite sports team.  It is surprisingly easy to become fast friends over such topics.  As an industry, we know our friends and we really know our enemies.  Our enemies are those who fight against [...]

By |March 3rd, 2017|Legislative, News & Updates|Comments Off on Make the trip to Tallahassee

Worshippers relocate after arson fire damages Thonotosassa mosque

THONOTOSASSA — A call from a security company roused Mazen Bondogji from sleep about 2 a.m. Friday. The sprinklers at the Daarus Salaam Mosque had been activated, a company representative told Bondogji, who serves on the mosque's board. Bondogji arrived to find firefighters dousing a small fire in front of one of the entrances of [...]

By |February 24th, 2017|News & Updates|Comments Off on Worshippers relocate after arson fire damages Thonotosassa mosque

Burn care specialists detail the realities of home fires

By |January 12th, 2017|News & Updates|Comments Off on Burn care specialists detail the realities of home fires

Oakland building where fire victims died was source of complaints

The Florida Chapter of the American Fire Sprinkler Association wishes to express our condolences to the families who have lost loved ones in the recent fires in an old California warehouse converted to a club and in the three-family dwelling in Massachusetts.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the first responders and we pray we [...]

By |December 6th, 2016|News & Updates|Comments Off on Oakland building where fire victims died was source of complaints

Office Takes Action on Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rates

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After a thorough review of the workers’ compensation insurance rate filing submitted by the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) and careful consideration of hundreds of public comments and testimony received from interested stakeholders, the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (Office) has issued an Order that gives contingent approval to an overall [...]

By |September 29th, 2016|Industry, Legislative, Public Education|Comments Off on Office Takes Action on Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rates