2015 Florida Legislative Session Passes Half-Way Mark


                                    2015 Florida Legislative Session

The 2015 Florida legislative session began March 2 and heads into the sixth week with an anticipated finish at the end of April. Highlights of activity on bills affecting condominium and homeowner associations are noted below. Version 3 of our complete bill tracking chart is also available.

  • MOBILE HOMES. Senate Bill 168 amending mobile home park laws has passed all of its committee assignment and the companion bill House Bill 97 is at the second committee assignment. Related bills House Bill 307 and Senate Bill 662 are also progressing. It appears that there will be new law in the are of mobile homes.
  • VEHICLE TOWING. House Bill 381 has reached the floor and Senate Bill 786 is at Regulated Industries, the second of three committee assignments.
  • ELECTRONIC VOTING. House Bill 1211 authorizing internet and electronic voting has reached the floor, although the companion bill Senate Bill 870 has yet to be heard by any of the three assigned committees.
  • TIMESHARES. The omnibus bills have moved in both chambers. House Bill 453 has reached the floor and Senate Bill 932 is in Fiscal Policy, the last of its committee stops.
  • CONDOMINIUM TERMINATIONS. House Bill 643 is at its final committee stop and Senate Bill 1172 is at the Judiciary Committee, the second of three stops. These bills amend the process to terminate condominiums and attempt to avoid abuses in current practices.
  • COLLECTIONS / ESTOPPEL FEES. These bills seek to place greater regulation on the collection process applicable to association liens including shortening the time to provide estoppel (payoff) letters and placing a statutory cap on charges. Senate Bill 736 will be heard by the Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. You can view the hearing by web stream on the Judiciary Committee website. The agenda is now posted. House Bill 611 has two more stops, the next being the House Judiciary Committee. The bills currently do not distinguish between delinquent accounts and current accounts, but anticipated amendments may address this issue.