CATEGORY: Commerce Committee

Growth Management 203

Established property rights are essential to a free society and government must respect them. This bill would require the State Comprehensive Plan (which manages growth and development) to include a property rights element in its local planning. SB 410 passed through both chambers and has been sent to the Governor to sign.

Bill Categories: Commerce Committee

AFP POSITION: Support

Sports Franchises and Facilities 1369

Professional sports teams and their stadiums are often subsidized by the government to the detriment of the taxpayer. This bill would have eliminated some of the options these private business have for public financing of their stadiums such as having local government impose a taxe to pay debt service on bonds related to sports facilities. While the bill was able to advance through two committees of reference it failed to get a vote in the Commerce committee.

Bill Categories: Commerce Committee

AFP POSITION: Support

Vacation Rentals 1011

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 Committee

AFP POSITION: Support

Deregulation of Professions and Occupations 1193

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 Committee

AFP POSITION: Support

Preemption of Local Occupational Licensing 3

With nearly 30% of Florida’s workforce required to have an occupational license to hold their job, there are substantial barriers for many people wishing to practice their skills. These bills would standardize the requirements back to the original standards of the state, removing additional burdens placed at the local level. The House passed HB 3 but the Senate did not take the bill up for a vote.

Bill Categories: Commerce Committee

AFP POSITION: Support

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