Condo Fire Protection Bill Clears House Panel

January 30, 2018 NSF Staff Seven months after Gov. Rick Scott vetoed a similar measure, a House panel Tuesday narrowly approved a bill that would ease fire-protection requirements for older high-rise condominium buildings. The House Careers & Competition Subcommittee voted 8-7 to approve the bill (HB 1061), filed by Rep. George Moraitis, R-Fort Lauderdale. Backers of the measure say it … Read More

Bad Hi-Rise Retrofit Legislation Refiled for 2018

Members, Attached please find the recently released HB 1061 by Rep. George Moraitis (R-Ft. Lauderdale), relating to the hi-rise retrofit. Rep. Moraitis sponsored last session’s similar bill, HB 653, that Governor Scott ultimately vetoed. HB 1061 mirrors the vetoed legislation by: Clarifying that in no case does any retrofit requirement apply to buildings less than 75 feet in height. Including … Read More

Just released-Irma Insurance Claims

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 15, 2017 CONTACT: GOVERNOR’S PRESS OFFICE (850) 717-9282 Gov. Scott Directs DBPR to Make it Easier for Floridians to Rebuild Following Hurricane Irma MARATHON, Fla. –Today, Governor Rick Scott directed Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s (DBPR) Secretary Jonathan Zachem to suspend certain regulations and fees that may prevent, hinder or delay necessary response … Read More

BOAF Calls for Veto of House Bill 1021

Sanford, Fla., June 21, 2017 – The Building Officials Association of Florida have asked Governor Rick Scott to veto House Bill 1021.Building Officials, building inspectors, plans examiners, and building code compliance professionals across the state of Florida have asked Governor Scott to veto a bill that would drastically change the way the Florida Building Code is developed and maintained. Calling for … Read More

Legislation would make major changes to Florida's building code

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Legislation making major alterations to Florida’s building code got bundled with more than a dozen other changes in construction law this past session. Now, a coalition of building officials and people tied to the insurance industry fear the legislation could lead to a patchwork of requirements and higher insurance costs. When Hurricane Ivan stormed into the Panhandle … Read More

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 legislative reforms took effect. Workers’ … Read More

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) and SB 744 by Sen. Kathleen Passidomo (R-Naples) would extend the opt-out and installation deadlines two years each to December 31, 2018, and December 31, 2022, respectively. The bills also allow condos to opt-out of … Read More

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 rate stability. In addition to … Read More

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 the cure for fires and … Read More

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 combined average statewide rate increase … Read More

Your Membership Dollars at Work

The 2016 Legislative Session adjourned on time, Friday, March 11th at 6:46 PM. During the Session, a number of firesafety bills of interest were considered and passed. In addition, as we maintained a high level of vigilance, we identified several high-priority threats and dealt with them appropriately. Overall, AFSA-FL markedly raised its profile this Session through leadership and coordination with … Read More