Florida Senate - 2010                                    SB 1150
       By Senator Dean
       3-01194-10                                            20101150__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to registration of farm labor
    3         contractors and employees; amending s. 450.31, F.S.;
    4         requiring the renewal of farm labor contractor and
    5         employee certificates of registration under certain
    6         circumstances; requiring the Department of Business
    7         and Professional Regulation to suspend, revoke, or
    8         refuse to issue or renew certificates of registration
    9         under certain circumstances; providing an effective
   10         date.
   12  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   14         Section 1. Paragraph (b) of subsection (1) and subsection
   15  (2) of section 450.31, Florida Statutes, are amended,
   16  subsections (3) through (7) are renumbered as subsections (4)
   17  through (8), respectively, and a new subsection (3) is added to
   18  that section, to read:
   19         450.31 Issuance, revocation, and suspension of, and refusal
   20  to issue or renew, certificate of registration.—
   21         (1) The department shall not issue to any person a
   22  certificate of registration as a farm labor contractor, nor
   23  shall it renew such certificate, until:
   24         (b) Such person has obtained and holds a valid federal
   25  certificate of registration as a farm labor contractor, or a
   26  farm labor contractor employee, unless exempt by federal law.
   27  However, the department shall renew a certificate of
   28  registration after such person’s federal certificate of
   29  registration expires if such person files a timely application
   30  for renewal with the United States Department of Labor.
   31         (2) The department may revoke, suspend, or refuse to issue
   32  or renew any certificate of registration when it is shown that
   33  the farm labor contractor has:
   34         (a) Violated or failed to comply with any provision of this
   35  part or the rules adopted pursuant to this part;
   36         (b) Made any misrepresentation or false statement in his or
   37  her application for a certificate of registration;
   38         (c) Given false or misleading information concerning terms,
   39  conditions, or existence of employment to persons who are
   40  recruited or hired to work on a farm;
   41         (d) Been assessed a civil fine by the department for which
   42  payment is overdue;
   43         (e) Failed to pay unemployment compensation taxes as
   44  determined by the Agency for Workforce Innovation; or
   45         (f) Been denied, or had suspended or revoked, a federal
   46  certificate of registration as a farm labor contractor; or
   47         (f)(g) Failed to pay federal employee taxes as determined
   48  by the Internal Revenue Service.
   49         (3) The department shall suspend, revoke, or refuse to
   50  issue or renew a certificate of registration upon the United
   51  States Secretary of Labor’s suspension, revocation, or refusal
   52  to issue or renew the federal certificate of registration.
   53         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2010.

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