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What Happens if the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board is Disbanded?

What Happens if the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board is Disbanded?

What happens if the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board is disbanded?

If you are a contractor or consumer in Pinellas County, you have probably felt the wrath (or lack thereof) of the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board (PCCLB). The PCCLB is the only county licensing board of its kind in the state. It was enacted in 1973 and has no government oversight. Rather, a board of private contractors oversee the PCCLB. This makes the PCCLB vested with awesome powers to handle consumer and contractor administrative complaints. The Tampa Bay Times has recently written several articles and editorials concerning the longstanding problems of the PCCLB, including conflicts of interest, possible sunshine law violations, and unfairly appointing board members. Now, a push to dissolve it altogether is rising in the ranks and the state legislators are speaking out on the public outcry. So what happens if the PCCLB is no more?

There are several possible outcomes. Currently, the PCCLB comprises of 21 members. The county government can make a request to amend the board composition. There are talks underway of adding a county commissioner to the PCCLB to ensure transparency and fairness when governing consumer and contractor disputes.

Other state legislators have voiced opinions to disband the PCCLB altogether and create more authority over these administrative complaints. Some believe the county should resolve it as part of its government function, but state action is needed. For those wanting this option, the good news is several state senators are crafting legislation to cede control away from the licensing board and return it to the county.

The Pinellas County Attorney has instructed two deputy county attorneys with the sole task of reviewing the licensing board. Upon concluding this internal review, the county attorneys may provide separate recommendations and opinions toward the PCCLB’s continued existence.

Regardless of the outcome, the PCCLB will change in 2017 and beyond. As this situation evolves, stay connected with the EF Blog for further updates.

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