LEGISLATIVE ALERT: Increased Penalties for Unlicensed Activity

As many of you are aware, unlicensed activity is a serious problem throughout Florida. In the past, violators would face only a slap on the hand and would be back to defrauding the public the very next week. Frequently they were individuals who could not legally obtain a Class “C” or “CC” license because of a criminal background or lack of experience.

Every time an unlicensed person got a job, they stole work from professional licensed investigators. Because of FALI’s dedication to our profession, we proposed legislation that would increase penalties for unlicensed activity under Chapter 493. Through our ongoing efforts in the legislature, that bill today has passed every committee in both the Senate and the House, without opposition, and was voted on in both chambers, again without opposition. As I write this, the bill is heading for enrollment to be prepared for Governor Scott’s signature.

Under this new law, which would go into effect on July 1, 2013, a first-time conviction would be a misdemeanor. Second and subsequent violations would be considered a third-degree felony with a civil penalty up to $10,000.

As a reminder, the FALI website has a place to report suspected unlicensed activities, which we then forward to the Division of Licensing.

If you have any questions concerning legislation or rules affecting you as an investigator, please feel free to give me a call.

Burt Hodge

VP/Legislative Chair

T: (850) 561-3990

GO TO THE FALI WEB SITE BY CLICKING HERE

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