THIS IS THE SUMMARY OF WHAT WAS AMENDED BY THE NEW MSFH STATUTE: (IGNORE PLAIN NUMBERS. THEY ARE LINE NUMBERS) amending s. 215.5586, F.S.; revising legislative intent; 32 revising criteria for hurricane mitigation inspections; 33 revising criteria for eligibility for a mitigation grant; 34 expanding the list of improvements for which grants may be 35 used; correcting a reference to the Florida Division of 36 Emergency Management; deleting provisions relating to no-37 interest loans; REQUIRING THAT CONTRACTS VALUED AT OR 38 GREATER THAN A SPECIFIED AMOUNT BE SUBJECT TO REVIEW and 39 approval of the Legislative Budget Commission THIS IS THE PART REMOVING WCE’S AS ALLOWED TO SIGN THE UMI FORM: - DONE ON PAGES 76 – 77. Amending s. 627.711, F.S.; 108 requiring that an insurer accept as valid a uniform 109 mitigation verification form certified by the Department 110 of Financial Services or signed by certain individuals or 111 entities; An insurer shall accept as valid a uniform mitigation 2127 verification form certified by the Department of Financial Services or signed by: 2129 (a) A hurricane mitigation inspector certified employed by 2130 the an approved My Safe Florida Home program wind certification 2131 entity; 2132 (b) A building code inspector certified under s. 468.607; 2133 (c) A general, building, or residential contractor 2134 licensed under s. 489.111; 2135 (d) A professional engineer licensed under s. 471.015 who 2136 has passed the appropriate equivalency test of the Building Code 2137 Training Program as required by s. 553.841; or 2138 (e) A professional architect licensed under s. 481.213; or 2139 (f) Any other individual or entity recognized by the 2140 insurer as possessing the necessary qualifications to properly 2141 complete a uniform mitigation verification form. FROM PAGES 26 - 28 AND 76 – 77, IT LOOKS LIKE THE RETROFIT INSPECTIONS WILL NO LONGER BE FREE AND THAT THE PROCESS OF BECOMING CERTIFIED TO PERFORM THEM WILL BE OPENED UP AND STARTED OVER. THE WCE DESIGNATION SEEMS TO BE ELIMINATED. (b) To qualify for selection by the department as a wind 743 certification entity to provide hurricane mitigation 744 inspections, the entity shall, at a minimum, meet the following 745 requirements: 746 1. Use hurricane mitigation inspectors who: 747 a. Are certified as a building inspector under s. 468.607; 748 b. Are licensed as a general or residential contractor 749 under s. 489.111; 750 c. Are licensed as a professional engineer under s. 751 471.015 and who have passed the appropriate equivalency test of 752 the Building Code Training Program as required by s. 553.841; 753 d. Are licensed as a professional architect under s. 754 481.213; or 755 construction or residential building inspection and have 757 received specialized training in hurricane mitigation 758 procedures. Such training may be provided by a class offered 759 online or in person. e. Have at least 2 years of experience in residential Jeffrey A. Norkin Jeffrey A. Norkin, P.A.
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