January 2022

10 Florida Pool Prosm • January 2022 LEGISLATIVE UPDATE 2022 FSPA Bills Swimming Pool Subcontractor Exemption SB 222 by Senator Joe Gruters / HB 267 by Rep. Lawrence McClure SB 222 / HB 267 will give swimming pool and spa contractors an exemption to allow the hiring of subcontractors who do not have an occupational license. This is the same exemption that Florida home builders have enjoyed for years known as the “Jim Walter Exemption.” Subcontractors will now be able to perform work for a licensed swimming pool contractor within the scope of that contractor’s license regardless of the subcontractors license status. This bill will not eliminate Swimming Pool Specialty Subcontractor Licenses, but will simply eliminate the need for a subcontractor to be licensed independently of the swimming pool contractor who hired them. Status: SB 222: Passed Regulated Industries Committee on 11/2/2021. Now in Community Affairs Committee. HB 267: Passed Regulatory Reform Subcommittee on 12/2/2021. Now in Commerce Committee. 2022 Bills to Watch Swim-Up Bars Commercial Pools SB 1044 by Ed Hooper / HB 719 by Rep. David Smith Requiring the Florida Building Commission to adopt requirements and procedures within the Florida Building Code for the approval of swim-up bars at commercial and public swimming pool locations; requiring the commission to work with swimming pool industry representatives when developing such requirements and procedures. Status: SB 1044: Filed; Referred to Community Affairs Committee, Health Policy Committee, and Rules Committee. HB 719: Filed; Referred to Regulatory Reform Subcommittee, State Administrative & Technology Appropriations Subcommittee, and Commerce Committee. Residential Swimming Pool Safety SB 332 by Senator Ed Hooper SB 332 would require homeowners to install two approved pool safety devices, rather than one, when building a pool. The bill would also require adding all required safety devices when selling a house with a pool, if they are not already present. As of the writing of this article, this bill has only been filed