Florida Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) is trying for the second year in a row to remove or reduce a series of regulations on industries like architecture, interior design and landscape architecture.
Under a bill Brandes plans to file this week:
- Interior design and architecture firms would no longer have to re-certify businesses on a biennial basis. Instead, the businesses would be required to report any changes as they occur and remain in compliance with other applicable state laws following staffing changes.
- Individuals or companies that install low voltage landscape lighting would no longer have to obtain a license to do so.
- Branch offices for yacht and shipbrokers would no longer require separate licensing under Brandes’ bill. Instead, those offices would operate under the company’s license.
- Another provision deregulates athlete agents and removes penalties for acting as a business agent without a license or permit.
- The bill would also remove licensing requirements for certain cosmetic services including polishing fingernails and hair or body wrapping. Other services like barbers and nail technicians who do more than just apply polish would still be required to hold an appropriate state license.
- The bill would also eliminate training requirements for people who install alarm systems with the exception of fire alarms.
- In addition to making it easier for businesses to operate in Florida, the bill is also aimed at making it easier for individuals to work in trades currently placed out of reach by licensing requirements.
- This year’s bill entirely deregulates talent agencies whereas last year’s measure would have repealed an industry registration requirement.
This year’s measure is similar to one filed last year in the Senate that failed to gain traction. The Legislature convenes for its 60-day session Tuesday. Brandes’ bill does not yet have a companion in the Florida House of Representatives.