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Home Rule survived the 2020 Legislative session. However…

Jan 12, 2021 | 0 comments

Home Rule survived the 2020 Legislative session. Both bills (SB1128 and HB1011) to defeat Home Rule were “TP’d” (Temporarily passed – which really means temporarily postponed) in both the Senate and the House. However, now the exact same bills have been filed by the same legislators for the 2021 Session.

1/12/21
HB219 filed by Rep Fischer

The bill’s title reads as follows:
Preempts regulation of vacation rentals to state; prohibits local law, ordinance, or regulation from allowing or requiring inspections or licensing of public lodging establishments, including vacation rentals, or public food service establishments; requires licenses issued by Division of Hotels & Restaurants of DBPR to be displayed conspicuously to public inside licensed establishment.

As written, this would destroy all current local regulation and reimpose the original local non-regulatory concepts of 2011.

1/11/21
SB522 filed by Sen Diaz

This bill’s title (identical to HB219) reads as follows:
Preempting the regulation of vacation rentals to the state; prohibiting a local law, ordinance, or regulation from allowing or requiring inspections or licensing of public lodging establishments, including vacation rentals, or public food service establishments; requiring licenses issued by the Division of Hotels and Restaurants of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation to be displayed conspicuously to the public inside the licensed establishment; requiring advertising platforms to require that persons placing advertisements for vacation rentals include certain information in the advertisements, etc.

As written this would also destroy all current local regulation and reimpose the original local non-regulatory concepts of 2011. It is scheduled to be heard by the Regulated Industries Committee.

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