Legislative Session Wrap Ups
2012 Legislative Session Wrap Up
More than 2,000 bills were filed during the 2012 Florida Legislative Session and about 15 percent of those actually passed both Chambers. The FICPA Governmental Affairs Team, with the support of our members and the Florida CPA/PACs, worked hard and are excited to share the success of our efforts on your behalf.
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Accountancy Bill Passes Florida LegislatureSenate Bill 1656 (SB 1656), sponsored by Sen. Jack Latvala, R-St. Petersburg, and its House companion Bill 769 (HB 769), sponsored by Rep. Clay Ford, R-Pensacola, unanimously passed their respective Chambers. Together, the Legislation streamlines licensure and renewal requirements set forth in Chapter 473. One of several significant requirement changes relates to amnesty and license reactivation. Here is a summary of five streamlining actions:
The legislation still has one more stop before it becomes law. It now is headed to Gov. Scott's desk for his signature.
By The Numbers: 2012 Bill Filing and Passage Statistics
SINE Die Short Lived: Special Session Begins
As Gov. Rick Scott, House Speaker Dean Cannon and Senate President Mike Haridopolos gathered on the last day of the 2012 session (March 9) for the traditional Sine Die celebration, there also was the sobering news that they must return to the Capitol to redraw proposed Senate district boundaries.
The Florida Supreme Court ruled that the Senate maps failed to adequately comply with Florida's new voter-approved constitutional amendments. The amendments were designed to block gerrymandering of legislative and congressional districts, which have to be redrawn every 10 years.
Gov. Scott has called for a special session on redistricting. It began Wednesday, March 14 at 1 p.m. and extends through 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28.
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