Senate will take up deregulation bill again

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Senate President Mike Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island, vowed Wednesday to bring back a controversial House-driven attempt to deregulate several professions, including interior designers, reports the News Service of Florida. The proposal was voted down in the Senate during a chaotic final day of session in early May. For the 2012 legislative session, Haridopolos said, the Senate would offer its own version and vet it in committees. “(Sen. Dennis Jones) is going to take up a bill and have a Senate product and it is going to match up with the house,” Haridopolos told Republican senators during a caucus meeting Wednesday afternoon. He went on to say the goal was to be “as transparent as possible.” This comment came after Sen. Paula Dockery, R-Lakeland, asked Haridopolos that large “conforming” bills not be brought to lawmakers at the 11th hour that had not gone through the appropriate committees first. “We all want to know what it is we are voting on,” Dockery said. She and several senators said they voted down the proposal in May because it had not been properly vetted in the Senate.

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