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2020 Florida Session: Legislative Update

If you’ve been wondering what happened to the legislation that the CALL Team tracked throughout Florida’s 2020 Session, we have been as well!  All bills were held back and will not be released until Governor DeSantis receives revenue estimates to help him determine their fiscal impact. The State’s Operating Budget must be passed by July 1, so all passed bills will be sent over to the Governor on or before that deadline.

Given these delays, our Legislative Guidebook will similarly be delayed until such time as the Governor has acted upon all bills which can directly or indirectly impact Florida community associations. Rest assured that we will alert you as soon as the bills that concern our CALL members have been sent over to the Governor.

On a separate note, we have received a lot of feedback regarding the potentially disastrous HEROES Act. As of this writing, that additional stimulus bill is dead in the Senate. However, there is the likelihood that a revised stimulus bill will be suggested in the coming months as this pandemic continues to take its toll so our call to action to contact your U.S. Senators, Rick Scott and Marco Rubio, remains. Please let Senator Scott and Senator Rubio know that any additional stimulus relief cannot create a stranglehold on the ability of private residential communities to collect maintenance fees and assessments.  It’s not particularly easy to email them so you may wish to call instead. Here is their contact information:

Contact Senator Marco Rubio by clicking here or by calling (202) 224-3041.

Contact Senator Rick Scott by clicking here or by calling (202) 224-5274.

Lastly, your CALL Team will be hosting a webinar in June to discuss the bills that passed including SB 1084, the long-sought fraudulent Emotional Support Animal (ESA) bill. We hope all of our CALL members can join us for that discussion. Additional information will be forthcoming.

Wishing you continued health and safety in these challenging times.

Donna DiMaggio Berger

Donna DiMaggio Berger

Contact: dberger@beckerlawyers.com

Donna DiMaggio Berger is a member of the College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL), a prestigious national organization that acknowledges community association attorneys who have distinguished themselves through contributions to the evolution or practice of community association law and who have committed themselves to high standards of professional and ethical conduct in the practice of community association law. Ms. Berger is also one of only 129 attorneys statewide who is a Board Certified Specialist in Condominium and Planned Development Law.