Bills propose accountability for “economic development” and tourism agencies

Florida legislation (HB 3) seeks to provide transparency and accountability provisions for publicly funded “economic development” agencies and tourism promotion agencies.  The legislation also provides for penalties and requires county governing board(s) to review certain proposed contracts and certifications. Representatives Ben Albritton (R) and Randy Fine (R) are cosponsoring the bill. A similar bill SB…

FL State Sen. Jeff Brandes files electronic device privacy protection bill

Florida state senator Jeff Brandes (R), has filed SB 1256, which would require a warrant for the search of the content, information, and communications of cellular phones, portable electronic communication devices, and microphone-enabled household devices (i.e. Amazon’s Echo, Google Home devices, etc.). The intent of the legislation is to protect your privacy regarding these devices…

Florida bill takes on occupational license reform

A Florida bill (SB 526), sponsored by Senator Jeff Brandes (R) is taking on occupational licensing reform. This legislation repeals or revises licensing and permit requirements and regulations for certain business professionals, such as landscapers, barbers, hair wrappers, hair braiders, manicurists, pedicurists, and makeup artists. Track SB 526 Original filed version The Liberty First Network…