CATEGORY: Business and Professions Subcommittee

Home-Based Businesses 537

Local municipalities and counties are granted broad authority on deciding what businesses can be allowed to operate from a home. The bill provides that local governments may regulate or require a license a home-based business in a manner that is different from other businesses in a local government’s jurisdiction, allowing more people the ability to work without requiring a costly rental of store space. Neither bill managed to pass through the committee process.

Bill Categories: Business and Professions Subcommittee

AFP POSITION: Support

Local Licensing 1161

Nearly 30% of Florida’s workforce requires an occupational license to hold their job. These requirements can differ from area to area meaning that a person can take a job in city but not in a neighboring city because of additional training requirements and fees. These bills would standardize the process allowing anyone who is licensed in one are to be able to work anywhere in the state. Neither the House nor Senate version advanced to their respective floor, dying in committee.

Bill Categories: Business and Professions Subcommittee

AFP POSITION: Support

Fireworks HB 65

While the use personal use of fireworks is often used to celebrate special holidays, it’s not often expressly legal and requires having law enforcement turn a blind eye. This can create a situation where even though the use of fireworks is customary enforcement is arbitrary and can cause problems for certain people who are just joining in on the celebration. This legislation would make personal firework usage legal on Independence Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day. SB 140 was passed through both chambers and signed into law by the Governor.

Bill Categories: Business and Professions Subcommittee

AFP POSITION: Support

Keep Our Graduates Working Act HB 115

Under current law medical practitioners face having their license revoked if they don’t pay back certain student loans. While payment should be enforced for all debts, punishing them by revoking a person’s ability to work creates a harsher than necessary damage that also prevents them from securing the funding to pay those loans back. This legislation would allow these workers to continue providing their expertise to the community while they look for ways to repay. HB 115 was approved by the Senate and the House and sent to the Governor to sign.

Bill Categories: Business and Professions Subcommittee

AFP POSITION: Support

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