Is Florida eliminating licenses

Attacks on regulations ramping up

Beth Kassab
Business Columnist
6:42 PM EDT, March 15, 2011

Never before has there been such an intense assault on the regulations that govern how we do business.
The attacks range from level-headed and strategically planned to the equivalent of throwing dynamite on the state statute books and seeing what’s left when the smoke clears.
The latter approach played out Tuesday when a Florida House of Representatives committee set in motion a plan to eliminate the need for licenses and regulation from dozens of professions — everything from auto repair shops to home inspectors to travel agents.
The 281-page bill strikes out rules for various occupations like a misguided censor editing profane passages from literature.
The proposed changes by Rep. Esteban Bovo, the Hialeah Republican who is chairman of the Business and Consumer Affairs Subcommittee, even riled Big Business.
The Florida Association of Realtors, lobbying groups for auto mechanics, geologists, manufactured home owners and even the king of all Florida employers, Walt Disney World, said it would hurt their industries.
The proposal is far from a done deal. Bovo told me after the hearing that he expected to “modify” the bill to keep some regulations intact. And the Senate so far isn’t even considering such a measure.
But the plan is indicative of the harsh rhetoric that Gov. Rick Scott, other politicians and even some of the same business groups that spoke against this legislation have for bureaucratic rules they say impede new businesses and job growth.
Thankfully, some other efforts appear more sensible.
An effort being launched today by a branch of the umbrella group that controls the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce will survey business and government on which regulations most restrict job creation and need to be reformed.
Shelley Lauten, president of the chamber-affiliated, said the effort is meant to look at problems in the system by industry as well as geographic area since it will cover the eight-county region.
The coalition doing the survey, called Open for Business, is backed by the Florida Bankers Association and the Home Builders Association of Metro Orlando, among others. It wants to pinpoint where “anecdote and reality might converge,” Lauten said.
She said the idea is to find out which regulations really are problems rather than large-scale rewriting of state statutes.
“Any time you try and do something wholesale, it kind of loses the effect because sometimes there are regulations that businesses support,” she said. “This isn’t a wholesale removing of barriers. This is which barriers are most critical to your business.”
The results of the survey are expected to be released next month.
Also today the latest salvo from a group known as will be fired, and its target will be new federal rules that govern pollutants in the state’s lakes and rivers known as numeric nutrient criteria.
This group came out of the successful campaign against Amendment 4, or Hometown Democracy, which the development community saw as the mother of all evil red tape because it would have required changes to a community’s growth plan to go before voters.
That campaign was bankrolled by the Florida Chamber of Commerce and other business groups, and now they want to take that same approach to defeat other regulations they deem just as bad.
Behind it all is the same organizer from the anti-Amendment 4 effort, 26-year-old Ryan Houck, who describes the new group as a sort of permanent “Department of Defense” for businesses battling regulations in the environmental and growth areas.
From here, we can only expect the rhetoric and action against business rules to grow louder and stronger. or 407-420-5448. Read her blog at

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Looks like Florida have seen the light .
It is too expensive to try and license all these small groups .
I expect Ontario will also get the message and not let a small self appointed group convince our
politicians that our and other small industries need to take tax payers money to be used frivolously

Now Courts add to worry about budget moves*280.jpg?v=1
Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Canady is seeking funds to avoid budget crunch problems

A hiring freeze and potential staff furloughs are part of a plan revealed Monday to keep Florida’s courts operating, despite budget shortfalls through June.
The move comes as Gov. Rick Scott and the Legislature are taking sometimes controversial measures to cut the budget, including deregulation of dozens of industries and professions.
Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Canady on Monday revealed emergency budget requests to Scott and state legislators, trying to address a $72.3 million shortfall in the State Courts Revenue Trust Fund.
Canady requested $42.5 million in transfers to meet the shortfall, which he said appeared to be temporary.
In a letter dated March 17, Canady wrote: “Although these steps will realize substantial savings, the additional actions detailed in the plan will be necessary to ensure that judicial branch operations are not disrupted. If the current revenue shortfall … is not remedied, it will be necessary for the judicial branch to impose extensive furloughs of court system personnel. Such furloughs would cause a severe disruption in the functioning of the courts.”
Scott on Feb. 7 unveiled a two-year budget plan that would reduce state spending by more than $5 billion, while at the same time return $2 billion to taxpayers.
The budget calls for a reduction of the business tax to 3 percent from 5.5 percent, with a complete phase-out by 2018. And, it calls for cutting property taxes by $1.4 billion over the two-year term.
A bill in the House (HB 5005) seeks to deregulate dozens of industries, including telemarketers, travel agents, home inspectors and auto mechanics.
Some businesses are concerned that the lack of regulation could lead to practices that could tarnish the image of some industries. Here are the professions and occupations listed in the House bill:
Deletes provisions establishing DBPR’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s’ Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares, & Mobile Homes, Florida Board of Auctioneers, Board of Employee Leasing Companies, Board of Landscape Architecture, Board of Professional Geologists, & Board of Professional Surveyors & Mappers, Motor Vehicle Repair Advisory Council, & Regulatory Council of Community Association Managers; deletes provisions for regulation of yacht & ship brokers, auctioneers, talent agencies, community association managers, athlete agents, employee leasing companies, home inspectors, mold assessors & remediators, professional surveyors & mappers, persons practicing hair braiding, hair wrapping, or body wrapping, interior designers, landscape architects, professional geologists, professional fundraising consultants & solicitors, water vending machines & operators, health studios, ballroom dance studios, commercial telephone sellers & salespersons, movers & moving brokers, certain outdoor theaters, certain business opportunities, motor vehicle repair shops, sellers of travel, contracts with sales representatives involving commissions, & television picture tubes; revises name & membership of Board of Architecture; revises license classifications of public lodging establishments; deletes DBPR’s authority to enforce & ensure compliance of certain provisions relating to condominiums, cooperatives, vacation plans & timeshares, & mobile homes.

I’m sure that a few Florida newbies are stinging from the setback of no longer sharing the same high status with telemarketers and ballroom dance teachers…and will now have to compete against other inspectors without the misleading cloak of a “license” providing them with instant credentials.

My barber could care less. He is looking foward to saving the yearly fee

Well Roy, first we have to get rid of that fool in Queen’s Park and the gang of spendthrift Liberals who sit with him. That clock is ticking.