Florida – HB 397/SB 334 (Licensing)
Issue: Pool/spa Contractor Licensing Requirements
Affects: Pool/spa Contractors
Bill Summary: This bill seeks to require the applicable licensing board to use a specified process for the review of an applicant's criminal record to determine the applicant's eligibility for certain licenses.
The board shall review an applicant’s criminal history to determine his or her eligibility for these licenses:
A. Air-conditioning contractor;
B. Electrical contractor;
C. Mechanical contractor;
D. Plumbing contractor;
E. Pollutant storage systems contractor;
F. Roofing contractor;
G. Septic tank contractor;
H. Sheet metal contractor;
I. Solar contractor;
J. Swimming pool and spa contractor;
K. Underground utility and excavation contractor; and
L. Other specialty contractors.
By October 1, 2019, each applicable board shall compile and post on the department’s website a list of crimes that, if committed and regardless of adjudication, do not relate to the practice of the profession or the ability to practice the profession and do not constitute grounds for denial of a license. This list must be updated annually by each applicable board. In addition, as of that date, each such board shall begin to compile separate lists of such crimes that, when reported by an applicant for licensure, were and were not used as a basis for denial in the past 2 years. The lists, which must be available on the department’s website and updated at least quarterly by the applicable board, must identify for each such approval or denial of license the crime reported and the date of conviction, plea, adjudication, or sentencing.
A person may apply for a license before his or her lawful release from confinement or supervision. The department may not charge an applicant an additional fee for being confined or under supervision. The applicable board may not deny an application for a license solely on the basis of the applicant's current confinement or supervision.
Status: Both bills died May 3, 2019.