Impact Report 8: “CPA bill” passes House

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Impact Report 8: “CPA bill” passes House


FICPA Director of Governmental Affairs Justin Thames has an update from week 8 of the legislative session, including the “CPA bill,” deregulation bills, and sunset review legislation. Plus, Justin recaps what happened at recent meetings of the Florida Blockchain Taskforce & Board of Accountancy.

Also in this week’s IMPACT Report:

  • Bill Tracking Updates
  • FICPA Presents at Blockchain Taskforce Meeting


Justin Thames
Director of Governmental Affairs

Bill Tracking

SB474 – Deregulation of Professions and Occupations

Status: CS/CS/CS by Appropriations read 1st time


SB126 – Sales and Use tax

Status: Favorable by Finance and Tax; YEAS 8 NAYS 0. Now in Appropriations


SB616 – Background Screening

Status: Introduced – SJ 47


HB6021 – Corporate Income taxes

Status: Introduced – HJ 258


SB740 – Real Estate

Status: Introduced- SJ 56


SB450 – Whistleblower’s Act

Status: Introduced -SJ 34


HB707 – Legislative Review of Occupational Regulations

Status: CS passed; YEAS 85 NAYS 29


HB1141 – Taxation of Real Property

Status: Introduced -HJ 100


SB1140 – Public Accountancy

Status: On Committee agenda– Rules, 03/02/20, 12:00 pm, 110 Senate Building


SB1526 – Food Donation Programs

Status: Introduced -SJ 112


SB1238 – Regulatory Reform

Status: Introduced -SJ 90


HB963 – Consumer Data Privacy

Status: Introduced -HJ 83


HB7095 – Adoption of the Internal Revenue Code for Purposes of the Corporate Income Tax

Status: Introduced -HJ 601


HB 7097 – Taxation

Status: CS by- Appropriations Committee; YEAS 25 NAYS 4

Other Weekly News and Highlights:

FICPA Presents at Blockchain Taskforce Meeting

On February 21, the FICPA represented the profession at the Florida Blockchain Taskforce meeting. Some of the main topics discussed at the meeting included blockchain growth opportunities in state and local governments, and a master plan to work toward development of task force deliverables. We also heard a legislative update including details about the Technology Innovation Bills (HB 1391 & SB 1870) and how they may affect the Blockchain Taskforce.

We are seeking an extension to the Taskforce and potential reauthorization through HB 1077 and SB 1404, which comprise one of the DFS agency bills this year. These two bills include provisions to re-authorize the Taskforce until January 2021 in order to fully investigate the emerging technology and develop high-quality recommendations. In addition to last week’s presentation, the profession is represented on the Task Force by FICPA member Gary Ruderman, CPA.

You can watch the full meeting video here.

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