CATEGORY: Commerce and Tourism

Deregulation of Professions and Occupations 474

Occupational licenses are government permission slips to work in certain fields. With around 30% of all Florida jobs requiring some sort of license, the ability to find meaningful and productive work can mean having to spend thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours in classes before even getting a chance to apply for a job. These bills significantly cut down burdensome requirements across a number of different industries such as barbers and nail technicians in addition to completely doing away with restrictions on industries such as hair braiding and nail polishing. HB 1193 was voted up in both legislative chambers and was sent to the Governor to sign.

Bill Categories: Commerce and Tourism

AFP POSITION: Support

Vacation Rentals 1128

Technology and new advances have opened up the way people travel, including how they find and access their accommodations as homeowners can use the internet to rent out their space to prospective clients. This bill would prohibit local governments from further regulating the duration or frequency of these non-traditional rentals allowing more options in the marketplace. Neither of these bills received a vote on their chamber floors.

Bill Categories: Commerce and Tourism

AFP POSITION: Support

Entertainment Industry 530

This bill would create the Film, Television, and Digital Media Targeted Grant Program which would provide entertainment companies incentives using tax dollars to produce content in Florida. Government should not be involved in picking winners and losers or providing corporate welfare using taxpayer money. Fortunately, both the House and Senate versions of the bill died in committee.

Bill Categories: Commerce and Tourism

AFP POSITION: Oppose

Florida Tourism Marketing 362

The Florida Tourism Industry Marketing Corporation, which does business as VISIT FLORIDA, is a state sponsored marketing program that uses taxpayer dollars to advertise for the state as a whole and for specific locations and businesses within Florida. While there are many legitimate actions for government, shooting and placing TV commercials is not one of them and that money would be better kept with taxpayers. This bill extended VISIT Florida to operate through October 1, 2023 and was signed into law by the Governor.

Bill Categories: Commerce and Tourism

AFP POSITION: Oppose

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