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Rick Scott signs bill loosening regulations on cosmetic manufacturers

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A bill signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott Friday would loosen regulations on more than 100 Florida cosmetic manufacturers. CS/HB 211 removes the requirements for companies to register cosmetic products they manufacture or repackage. The bill conforms by removing registration and renewal requirements for cosmetic products, including the requirements to give registration applications, product labels, and registration and renewal fees. It will allow cosmetic manufacturers in Florida to sell cosmetics without registering such products. Florida, along with Louisiana and…

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Cosmetics industry hopeful third time is the charm for reform bill

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Cosmetic manufacturers are hopeful state lawmakers will take action this year to eliminate a policy requiring them to get approval before taking a product to market, a lengthy process that industry officials say goes above and beyond federal requirements. The industry has been pushing for the change for several years now, but think a recent report from the Florida Legislature’s Office of Program Policy Analysis & Government Accountability bolsters their calls for change. According to the Feb. 21 research memo,…

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Cosmetics legislation moving forward as Session winds down

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A proposal to overhaul archaic state regulations on Florida-based cosmetics manufacturers has gained steam from two major industry endorsements as Session winds down, though the time for the bills to move is growing shorter. The bills – HB 261 by Rep. Chris Latvala and SB 176 by Sen. Jeff Brandes — would reform a regulatory cosmetics regime manufacturers have called “unnecessary and burdensome” by cutting down on governmental red tape at the state Department of Business and Professional Regulation. The legislation picked up a major industry nod from the Manufacturers Association of Florida,…

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Regulated Industries panel clears automated lotto tickets, cosmetics bills

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In a quick 20-minute hearing Wednesday morning, the Senate Regulated Industries Committee passed bills to allow lottery tickets to be sold in machines and to require cosmetics makers to register with the state. The Senate panel, led by Chairman Sen. Rob Bradley, an Orange Park Republican and former prosecutor, passed both bills without much debate. Sen. Jeff Brandes said his SB 176 would help Florida consumers know who they’re dealing with when they buy cosmetics products, sometimes sold on the gray market on sites such as…

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Personnel note: Former DBPR attorney Michael Martinez joins Greenspoon Marder alcohol beverage group

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Florida firm Greenspoon Marder Law announced Friday the addition of attorney Michael Martinez as Senior Counsel for its growing Alcohol Beverage Group. Martinez brings more than 15 years’ experience in state government in the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR). He will be based out of Greenspoon Marder’s newly opened Tallahassee office, joining its alcohol law, government relations, and lobbying division. Focusing on a relationship with the Division of Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco (ABT), Martinez served as Deputy General…

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