Florida Senate - 2017                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 190
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                  Comm: RCS            .                                
                  02/10/2017           .                                

       The Committee on Regulated Industries (Artiles) recommended the
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete everything after the enacting clause
    4  and insert:
    5         Section 1. Present subsections (3) through (10) of section
    6  553.793, Florida Statutes, are redesignated as subsections (4)
    7  through (11), respectively, subsection (1) and present
    8  subsection (6) of that section are amended, and a new subsection
    9  (3) is added to that section, to read:
   10         553.793 Streamlined low-voltage alarm system installation
   11  permitting.—
   12         (1) As used in this section, the term:
   13         (a) “Contractor” means a person who is qualified to engage
   14  in the business of electrical or alarm system contracting
   15  pursuant to a certificate or registration issued by the
   16  department under part II of chapter 489.
   17         (b) “Low-voltage alarm system project” means a project
   18  related to the installation, maintenance, inspection,
   19  replacement, or service of a new or existing alarm system, as
   20  defined in s. 489.505, which that is hardwired and operating at
   21  low voltage, as defined in the National Electrical Code Standard
   22  70, Current Edition, or a new or existing low-voltage electric
   23  fence, and ancillary components or equipment attached to such a
   24  system or fence, including, but not limited to, home-automation
   25  equipment, thermostats, closed-circuit television systems,
   26  access controls, battery-charging devices, and video cameras.
   27         (c) “Low-voltage electric fence” means an alarm system, as
   28  defined in s. 489.505, consisting of a fence structure and an
   29  energizer powered by a commercial storage battery not exceeding
   30  12 volts which produces an electric charge upon contact with the
   31  fence structure.
   32         (d) “Wireless alarm system” means a burglar alarm system or
   33  smoke detector that is not hardwired.
   34         (3) A low-voltage electric fence must meet all of the
   35  following requirements to be permitted as a low-voltage alarm
   36  system project, and no further permit shall be required for such
   37  low-voltage alarm system project other than as provided in this
   38  section:
   39         (a) The electric charge produced by the low-voltage
   40  electric fence upon contact does not exceed energizer
   41  characteristics set forth in paragraph 22.108 and depicted in
   42  Figure 102 of International Electrotechnical Commission Standard
   43  No. 60335-2-76, Current Edition.
   44         (b) A nonelectric fence or wall must completely enclose the
   45  low-voltage electric fence. The low-voltage electric fence may
   46  be up to 2 feet higher than the perimeter nonelectric fence or
   47  wall.
   48         (c) The low-voltage electric fence must be identified using
   49  warning signs attached to the fence at intervals of not more
   50  than 60 feet.
   51         (d) The low-voltage electric fence may not be installed in
   52  an area zoned primarily or exclusively for single-family or
   53  multi-family residential use.
   54         (7)(6) A contractor is not required to notify the local
   55  enforcement agency before commencing work on a low-voltage alarm
   56  system project. However, a contractor must submit a Uniform
   57  Notice of a Low-Voltage Alarm System Project as provided under
   58  subsection (8) (7) to the local enforcement agency within 14
   59  days after completing the project. A local enforcement agency
   60  may take disciplinary action against a contractor who fails to
   61  timely submit a Uniform Notice of a Low-Voltage Alarm System
   62  Project.
   63         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2017.
   65  ================= T I T L E  A M E N D M E N T ================
   66  And the title is amended as follows:
   67         Delete everything before the enacting clause
   68  and insert:
   69                        A bill to be entitled                      
   70         An act relating to low-voltage electric fences;
   71         amending s. 553.793, F.S.; redefining the term “low
   72         voltage alarm system project” to include low-voltage
   73         electric fences; defining the term “low-voltage
   74         electric fence”; providing requirements for a low
   75         voltage electric fence to be permitted as a low
   76         voltage alarm system project; conforming a cross
   77         reference; providing an effective date.