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Florida – HB 7125 (Licensing)

Issue: Regulation of a profession or occupation

Affects:  Those who build pools/spas

Summary: This bill relates to licensing provisions for certain occupations and an applicant’s criminal record to determine his or her eligibility for licensure including swimming pool and spa contractors.

The applicable licensing Board may not deny a license based on a crime that occurred 5 years before the license application date. 

The applicable board may consider the criminal history of an applicant for licensure if such criminal history has been found to relate to good moral character.

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.

Each applicable board shall compile 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 made available on the department’s website and updated annually. Beginning October 1, 2019, each applicable board shall compile a list of crimes that although reported by an applicant for licensure, were not used as a basis for denial. The list must identify for each such license application the crime reported and the date of conviction and whether there was a finding of guilt, a plea, or an adjudication entered or the date of sentencing.

Each applicable board shall compile a list of crimes that have been used as a basis for denial of a license in the past 2 years and shall make the list available on the department’s website. Starting October 1, 2019, and updated quarterly thereafter, the applicable board shall compile a list indicating each crime used as a basis for denial. For each crime listed, the applicable board must identify the date of conviction, finding of guilt, plea, or adjudication entered, or date of sentencing. Such denials must be made available to the public upon request.

Status: This bill was signed by the Governor June 28, 2018 with an effective date of October 1, 2019.

HB 7125: http://laws.flrules.org/2019/167