On Friday morning it looked pretty bleak in terms of whether there would be any new condo and HOA laws passed this year. Friday, after all, was the last day of the legislative session and the bill, HB 841, seemed to have stalled in Florida’s Senate.
By law, the legislative session was required to be over by midnight. Finally, at about 7:00 p.m. the Florida Senate addressed the bill. It overwhelmingly passed. However, the Florida Senate made two amendments to the bill. Therefore, since it was not the exact same version as passed by the House, the bill needed to be returned to the House of Representatives for a vote on whether or not to accept the amendments made by the Senate. The midnight deadline still loomed however. I thought it was over.
Finally, at about 10:15 p.m. the House of Representatives approved House Bill 841 as amended by The Florida Senate. Both the House and the Senate have agreed on a bill. It’s on its way to Governor Scott, who can either sign it or veto it. If he does neither, it automatically becomes law.
Now, I guess you’re wondering what’s contained in the bill. What’s the bill all about? How will it affect us?
In order to learn that…..you’re going to have to read next week’s blog. Last year, after the House and Senate passed a condo bill, I blogged all about the new laws. And then……the Governor vetoed it. This year I’ll be more patient and let you know what the law is when it actually becomes the law.