I’ve spent part of the past few days in email correspondence and telephone and person to person discussions about Proposed Committee Bill (PCB) BCAS 11-01 with fellow community association attorneys, ROC managers, and concerned board members.
As you may already know, earlier this week, the Business and Consumer Affairs Subcommittee of the Florida House of Representatives (by a 10 to 5 vote) passed PCB 11-01. This bill will now be assigned a number and will be scheduled for additional committee hearings. The concern is that this bill is on a fast track and will not have to undergo deliberations in more than one or two other House subcommittees and that, while no companion bill has been filed in the Florida Senate (at least as of earlier today), that Senate companion bill will be forthcoming in the very near future.
So what’s the big deal about PCB 11-01?
How about these for starters–within this proposed bill’s 281 pages, you’ll find provisions that:
- Eliminate many agencies that license and regulate numerous professions in Florida, including Community Association Managers
- Eliminate what appears to be all or at least a substantial porton of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares, and Mobile Homes
- Eliminate the mandatory non-binding arbitration provisions found in Florida’s statutes governing condominium and cooperative associations
Please check out the full text of PCB 11-01 if you want to verify the incredibly far-reaching language that’s now being considered by Florida’s lawmakers.
If you are a homeowner or condominium owner in a resident owned community, you might want to contact your state legislators about this bill.
I’ll have another entry later this week.