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Articles relating to "Florida Legislature":

Fla. franchises gain aesthetic freedom under new law (9/1/2017)
A bill passed during the 2017 Fla. legislative session offers some protection to franchise owners who must display logos, trademarks, colors, etc., in a specific way.

Florida Realtors taps Disaster Relief Fund, sends supplies (8/29/2017)
In response to the horrendous Texas flooding, Florida Realtors will send $25K to a Texas Realtors’ aid fund and pay for local efforts to create “Totes for Hope” – a grassroots effort to send personal supplies to Texas families struggling to survive.

No flood insurance, no real estate market. Act NOW (8/25/2017)
Call for Action: If NFIP expires Sept. 30, forget home sales in flood zones. Florida Realtors asks all members to contact their U.S. House representatives TODAY.

Florida Realtors names 2017 Legislators of the Year (8/17/2017)
The award honors lawmakers who promoted vital real estate issues, including the estoppel fee cap, business-rent tax cut and a proposed constitutional amendment.

Florida Realtors kicks off ‘Amendment 2 is for Everybody’ campaign (8/15/2017)
If approved by Fla. voters in 2018, Amendment 2 would make the state’s current 10% cap on annual non-homestead property tax increases permanent.

Estoppel certificate reforms now part of Fla. law (8/4/2017)
The days of unreasonable estoppel certificate fees are finally over, but broad public awareness can take time. In addition to a $250 fee cap (up to $500 depending on details),

New Fla. laws go into effect July 1 (6/28/2017)
7 real estate laws drafted by the Florida Legislature and signed by Gov. Scott go into effect Saturday, including a Florida Realtors priority: estoppel fee caps.

Scott vetoes condo sprinkler bill; cites London fire (6/27/2017)
The bill eased fire sprinkler mandates in Fla. condos and had almost unanimous support in the Legislature. But the London high-rise fire that killed 79 people “illustrates the importance of life safety protections,” the governor said in his veto.

Veto of citrus canker money faces challenge (6/27/2017)
After Fla. cut down citrus trees, homeowners sued over private property rights and won. But Gov. Scott vetoed settlement money OK’d by the Florida Legislature.

Gov. Scott signs renewable energy bill (6/19/2017)
Lawmakers passed a renewable-energy bill (SB 90) supported by Florida Realtors after nearly 73% of voters approved the constitutional amendment last August.

Fla. businesses to see reduced biz rent tax in 2018 (5/25/2017)
Gov. signs HB 7109 that reduces Fla.’s business rent tax. 2017 Pres. Maria Wells says it “puts $61M back in the hands of businesses to grow and hire more people.”

HUD, FEMA announce goals to Realtors in Washington (5/17/2017)
HUD Secretary Carson told Realtors at the Realtors Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo that he plans a new era of homeownership, saying HUD will address FHA restrictions on condo lending. FEMA announced a goal to double flood ins. coverage by 2023.

Okeechobee reservoir bill becomes law (5/10/2017)
Gov. Scott signed SB 10 Tuesday – one of the bills highlighted in Florida Realtors’ end-of-session report as a real estate “win” for the 2017 legislative session.

Legislature passes estoppel certificate fee reform (4/28/2017)
The Florida Legislature passed a top Florida Realtors’ initiative on Friday – a cap on the amount community associations may charge owners for estoppel fee certificates.

Property tax cap heads to 2018 ballot (4/26/2017)
A Florida Realtors’ top legislative priority passed the Florida Legislature: In 2018, voters will have the power to make the 10% non-homestead property permanent.

Florida House pursues property tax cut (4/6/2017)
A newly proposed constitutional amendment would expand the homestead tax exemption by $25K; local gov’ts say it would force budget cuts that hurt local services.

Fla. Legislature: Business rent tax cut advances (4/4/2017)
The Senate – which is taking a different path than the House in considering a cut to the state’s business rent tax – moved a bill forward Monday as it passed out of the Senate Community Affairs Committee with a 5-2 favorable vote.

Great American Realtor Days kicks off (3/27/2017)
Realtors across Florida traveled to Tallahassee today for the first full day of Great American Realtor Days (GARD).