2017 Legislative Update: Governor Veto
Posted on September 4, 2017 to Condo/HOA Law
House Bill 653 affecting community associations that the Legislature approved was vetoed by Governor Scott. This Bill did contain several provisions that affected community associations, many of them similar to the provisions of HB 1237.
Additionally, HB 653 contained the obligation of certain high-rise buildings to retrofit fire sprinklers and/or an “engineered life safety system.”
HB 653 allowed high-rise condominium buildings to opt out of the obligation to retrofit an engineered life safety system (usually required when the building has opted out of a full sprinkler retrofit) upon approval of two-thirds of all voting interests.
The Governor’s veto of HB 653, was noted to be due to do the recent deadly apartment building fire in London, England, and was stated that his view that life safety concerns outweigh the cost burden placed on some condominium associations.