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HB 5135

A bill to be entitled
2An act relating to certified public accountants; amending
3s. 455.217, F.S.; exempting certified public accountants
4from passage of an examination pertaining to state laws
5and rules applicable to the practice of the profession;
6amending ss. 473.305, 473.311, and 473.313, F.S.; removing
7provisions authorizing a late filing fee for the laws and
8rules examination, provisions requiring passage of the
9examination for license renewal, and provisions requiring
10passage of the examination for reactivation of an inactive
11license to conform to the exemption provided by the act;
12providing an effective date.
14Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
16     Section 1.  Subsection (7) of section 455.217, Florida
17Statutes, is amended to read:
18     455.217  Examinations.--This section shall be read in
19conjunction with the appropriate practice act associated with
20each regulated profession under this chapter.
21     (7)  In addition to meeting any other requirements for
22licensure by examination or by endorsement, an applicant may be
23required by a board, or by the department, if there is no board,
24to pass an examination pertaining to state laws and rules
25applicable to the practice of the profession regulated by that
26board or by the department. This subsection does not apply to
27persons regulated under chapter 473.
28     Section 2.  Section 473.305, Florida Statutes, is amended
29to read:
30     473.305  Fees.--The board, by rule, may establish fees to
31be paid for applications, examination, reexamination, licensing
32and renewal, reinstatement, and recordmaking and recordkeeping.
33The fee for the examination shall be established at an amount
34that covers the costs for the procurement or development,
35administration, grading, and review of the examination. The fee
36for the examination is refundable if the applicant is found to
37be ineligible to sit for the examination. The fee for initial
38application is nonrefundable, and the combined fees for
39application and examination may not exceed $250 plus the actual
40per applicant cost to the department for purchase of the
41examination from the American Institute of Certified Public
42Accountants or a similar national organization. The biennial
43renewal fee may not exceed $250. The board may also establish,
44by rule, a reactivation fee, a late filing fee for the law and
45rules examination, and a delinquency fee not to exceed $50 for
46continuing professional education reporting forms. The board
47shall establish fees which are adequate to ensure the continued
48operation of the board and to fund the proportionate expenses
49incurred by the department which are allocated to the regulation
50of public accountants. Fees shall be based on department
51estimates of the revenue required to implement this chapter and
52the provisions of law with respect to the regulation of
53certified public accountants.
54     Section 3.  Subsection (1) of section 473.311, Florida
55Statutes, is amended to read:
56     473.311  Renewal of license.--
57     (1)  The department shall renew a license upon receipt of
58the renewal application and fee and upon certification by the
59board that the licensee has satisfactorily completed the
60continuing education requirements of s. 473.312 and has passed
61an examination approved by the board on chapter 455 and this
62chapter and the related administrative rules. However, each
63licensee must complete the requirements of s. 473.312(1)(c)
64prior to taking the examination.
65     Section 4.  Subsection (3) of section 473.313, Florida
66Statutes, is amended to read:
67     473.313  Inactive status.--
68     (3)  Any licensee holding an inactive license may be
69permitted to reactivate such license in a conditional manner.
70The conditions of reactivation shall require, in addition to the
71payment of fees, the passing of the examination approved by the
72board concerning chapter 455 and this chapter, and the related
73administrative rules, and the completion of required continuing
75     Section 5.  This act shall take effect July 1, 2009.

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