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 bill would end sales tax on diapers

Florida state Senator Lauren Book (D) recently filed legislation (SB 56) that would end sales taxes on diapers, incontinence undergarments, incontinence pads, or incontinence liners, etc. A similar bill (HB 163) has been filed in the Florida House by Rep. Janet Cruz (D). Senator Book told the Sun Sentinel, “As a legislature we provide tax…

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…