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…

Healthcare Freedom: FL bill would protect “direct primary care agreements”

Recently filed legislation in the Florida House, HB 37, seeks to protect direct patient/doctor agreements from burdensome government regulations by establishing in law that a “Direct Primary Care agreement” and the act of entering into such an agreement is not insurance and not subject to regulation under the Florida Insurance Code. Read the original proposed…

HB 17 targets Community Redevelopment Agencies (CRAs), calls for more transparency

HB 17 (2018) targets Community Redevelopment Agencies (CRAs) This legislation will require community redevelopment agencies (CRAs) to be more transparent and accountable. According to the Liberty First Network, “Under Florida law, local governments can designate areas as Community Redevelopment Areas and create a Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). CRA’s are funded by property taxes and are billed…

2017 Florida bills propose a variety of criminal justice reforms

2017 Florida bills propose a variety of criminal justice reforms. A Florida Senate Bill (SB 290) sponsored by Criminal Justice and Darryl Rouson (D) proposes ending mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent offenses, allowing judges to depart from the 118 mandatory minimum sentences under Florida law [CS/HB 641 is a similar House bill]. The bill would exclude…