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Charlotte Sun

House passes slimmed-down regulation bill

A bill prohibiting local governments from imposing additional licensing requirements was passed in the Florida House of Representatives last week. But it’s gone through some changes since it was filed Feb. 6 by State Rep. Michael Grant (R-Port Charlotte). Before its passing, Preemption of Local Occupational Licensing, or HB 3, went through three different committees: the business and professions subcommittee, the state affairs committee and the commerce committee. Each gave its analysis, and voted favorably, for the bill.

Tallahassee Democrat

'Home Rule' often violates the rule of law | Opinion

How many city commissioners does it take to ban a light bulb in Florida? Only three in most cases, a simple majority (depending on how many members sit on the board). These local politicians can ban your entire business as well. Or have you arrested for drinking beer on the beach. Or make it too painful and expensive to acquire an occupational license to earn a living and practice your craft. The list goes on and on. What’s worse is that local governments can do it all year long.

WJCT

Should State Legislators Override Local Decisions? Cities And Counties Say No.

Organizations are asking state legislators to stop preemption regulations. Preemption gives the state legislature the ability to limit or override local government rules. The policy has caused both lawmakers and local governments to bump heads for years in turf battles. “The state of Florida doesn’t like it when the federal government mandates something for them, so why should it be wise for the state of Florida to mandate something for the local level, the local jurisdiction,” says Mark Landreth, the Florida Director of the American Heart Association.