CATEGORY: Innovation, Industry, and Technology

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: Innovation, Industry, and Technology

AFP POSITION: Support

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: Innovation, Industry, and Technology

AFP POSITION: Support

Specialty Contracting Services 1102

In helping break burdensome barriers to gainful employment, AFP hopes to allow more people to find meaningful and productive work. SB 1102 helps cut through regulatory red tape by creating an exemption from local and state licensing for persons under the supervision of a certified or registered pool contractor to conduct work. SB 1102 ultimately ended up unable to advance past the Rules Committee.

Bill Categories: Innovation, Industry, and Technology

AFP POSITION: Support

Local Licensing 890

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: Innovation, Industry, and Technology

AFP POSITION: Support

Automated Pharmacy Systems 708

While technology as a whole has continued to advance at a rapid pace, our ability to utilize new ways to work is often held up over red tape and regulations. This legislation seeks to cut through some of that red tape by allowing the use of video kiosks that would link customers directly to a licensed pharmacist to take their prescription order and then dispense it through the machine, cutting down on waiting times for medications. HB 59 advanced through the House and Senate and was sent to the Governor to be signed.

Bill Categories: Innovation, Industry, and Technology

AFP POSITION: Support

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