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Are Local Regulations Hindering Your Construction Company? This Proposed Amendment Could Make Things Worse

Are Local Regulations Hindering Your Construction Company? This Proposed Amendment Could Make Things Worse

A proposed constitutional amendment could make it harder for lawmakers to limit the legislative power of local governments. The proposed amendment, SJR 1674, would have an effect on laws pertaining to anything from local occupational licensing (HB 3) to sunscreens (HB 113); however, this amendment could have another side effect: creating a “patchwork” of laws and regulations that contractors would have to be constantly mindful of. 

Below, we discuss SJR 1674 and what it could mean for the construction industry. If you’re a contractor working out of the Sunshine State, it behooves you to remain up to date on the current happenings in the industry and to make your voice heard when legislation threatens to hinder your company and way of life. For an industry advocate who can make your voice heard over the din of current events, news broadcasts, and dubious legislation, partner with the professionals from Cotney Construction Lobbying. 

The Proposal

Under current laws, preemption bills are passed with a simple majority vote in the House and Senate. As WUSF News reports, SJR 1674 would require a two-thirds vote in both the House and Senate for preemption bills to pass. Proposed by Fort Lauderdale Democrat Sen. Gary Farmer, this amendment would make it much more difficult for lawmakers to prevent local governments from passing laws that are inconsistent or detrimental to the state. 

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Many of the laws that would be affected by SJR 1674 really are important. One such law pertains to the damaging effects of sunscreen on coral reefs in Key West. It is vital that local governments be allowed to pass laws in the best interest of their communities; however, that must not come at the detriment of the construction industry. Construction companies must already abide by a myriad of state and federal laws that can be difficult, if not impossible, to decipher without the assistance of an attorney. Expecting contractors, who often operate out of multiple cities, to be aware of ever-shifting local ordinances is a big ask. 

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Confide in a Lobbyist 

As mentioned, local governments should be allowed to operate as they see fit, but there must remain a system of checks and balances that allow lawmakers to protect the construction industry and the professionals within it. SJR 1674 was just filed on January 10, 2020, and will still need to be approved by voters. It remains to be seen how voters will respond to SJR 1674, but one thing is certain: there’s still plenty of time to debate this controversial amendment. 

If you would like to speak with a construction industry advocate from Cotney Construction Lobbying, please contact us today.

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