Senate votes down deregulation bill

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A House-backed bill (HB 5005) to deregulate several professions, including interior designers, was overwhelmingly rejected by the Senate late Friday night in a dramatic 6-32 vote, reports the News Service of Florida. Senators complained that the bill had not been properly vetted and harmed too many professions. Interior designers showed up in droves when the bill was considered by budget committees earlier in the session, with hours of tearful testimony about the harm deregulation would cause their industry. ?hese people don? want to be deregulated,?said Sen. Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa. Even the Senate sponsor gave only a half-hearted defense of the bill, saying it was a House priority and wasn? able to answer basic questions about the proposal. Sen. Dennis Jones, R-Seminole, said he was never contacted about the deregulation proposal and he is head of the Senate? committee on regulated industries. ?e need to send a lesson back to the House,?Jones urged his colleagues.

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