House vote likely today on profession deregulation bill

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The House is set to vote as early as Thursday on a bill (HB 5005) that would remove state regulatory authority over several professions, reports the News Service of Florida. The bill, which would deregulate industries ranging from interior designers to auto mechanics to auctioneers, advanced into position on Wednesday for a final vote, with Repubicans rebuffing efforts by Democrats to keep several of the professions under state regulations. Republicans argue that deregulation will create jobs. Democrats argue that several of the professions need oversight to protect consumers, and in some cases for health and safety reasons. ?y deregulating these folks we open it up to a lot of scammers,?Rep. Franklin Sands, D-Weston, said Wednesday in floor debate on one of several amendments aimed at removing various professions from the bill, all of which were unsuccessful. Sands on that occasion was referring to yacht brokers, who would no longer be regulated under the proposal, but the argument was similarly made for several of the professions included in the bill. Mostly, Republicans countered that the professions included wouldn? impact anyone? safety, and that the state had had few, if any complaints about those included. Among those who would be deregulated: hair braiders. ?? like you to think about your sisters, your daughters, and your favorite football players who wear braids,?urged Rep. Geraldine Thompson, D-Orlando, in arguing that state oversight should stay.

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