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Continuing to create an environment in Florida that will allow businesses to operate with fewer unnecessary regulations

 


Agencies have identified:

"Eliminating job-killing regulation will help Florida's businesses better perform so they can hire more Floridians."
- Governor Rick Scott

 

  • more than 1,000 rules for repeal
  • more than 1,300 rules for revision
Other ways to get government out of the way:

 

  • Eliminate Pre-licensing Education Requirement: Elimination of a pre-licensing education requirement in the Division of Agent and Agency Licensing, within the Department of Financial Services. This reduction will remove the department's role in pre-approving course material and examinations given by outside entities. Passage of the examination for licensure is adequate to verify the applicant is qualified and competent to transact insurance products in Florida.
  • Eliminate Surplus Lines Surety Bonds: Elimination of the requirement for surplus lines agents and title insurance agents to secure a surety bond with the state. Title agents are contractually obligated to the title insurance company. If the agent fails to identify a title defect, the title insurance company is responsible for the payment to the homeowner for the defective title, not the agent. Therefore, the surety bond provides no real value to Floridians. Similarly, the surplus lines agent's surety bond requirement is outdated because the Florida Surplus Lines Office now keeps track of the surplus line tax. If the surplus lines agent fails to pay taxes, which is what the bond ensures, then he/she can lose his/her license to conduct business in Florida.
  • Eliminate Expert Medical Advisor Certification: The Office of Medical Services in the Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC), within the Department of Financial Services, is charged with certifying healthcare providers who provide services and are reimbursed under the Florida workers compensation system. This certification is currently no more than the office ensuring the certification holder meets the minimum requirements of the statute. After certification, DWC has no real contact with the healthcare providers, no control over licensure, and no mechanism for rescinding the certification. With more than 30,000 certified health care providers, there is no need for DWC certification.
  • Eliminate the Notary Requirement for Exemptions: Section 440.05(3), Florida Statutes, requires workers compensation exemption applications be notarized. The elimination of the notary requirement would reduce a regulatory step for applicants and eliminate a cost for those that are forced to pay a notary service. If this requirement is repealed and replaced with a requirement to list the exemption applicant's drivers' license number for Florida identification number, the division could fully process applications in an electronic format, eliminating the need for positions verifying a notary seal.
  • Create a One-stop Registration Portal: The development of a single portal and wizard system will make it easier for businesses to accomplish all registration requirements across multiple state agencies. The Department of Revenue will be the lead agency for the development of the system and will be working with the departments of State and Business and Professional Regulation.
  • Create the Florida Business Permit Dashboard: The creation of this web portal allows the private and public sectors to track the time required to obtain the permits needed to locate or expand a business in the state.



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Governor's Recommended Appropriations Bill (PDF 290kb) | View Budget Details

INTRODUCTIONSTEP 1
ACCOUNTABILITY BUDGETING
STEP 2
REDUCE GOVERNMENT SPENDING
STEP 3
REGULATORY REFORM
STEP 4
FOCUS ON JOB GROWTH AND RETENTION
STEP 5
WORLD CLASS EDUCATION
STEP 6
REDUCE TAXES
STEP 7
PHASE OUT FLORIDA'S CORPORATE INCOME TAX
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