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Cap⁠i⁠⁠t⁠ol News Serv⁠i⁠ce: D⁠i⁠r⁠t⁠y Dozen Laws

By: The James Madison Institute / 2014

Dirty Dozen Laws

February 27th, 2014 by Matt Galka
The Institute for Justice has released a report they’re calling the “Dirty Dozen.” 12 laws they think Florida shouldn’t have on the books.

The D.C. based think tank partnered with the James Madison Institute to release their report of repeals they say could help boost the economy.

“We think the requirements now are excessive and they have the impact of limiting entry into a profession,” said Robert Sanchez from J.M.I.

Florida laws require trade employees like barbers to spend thousands of dollars on twelve hundred hours of schooling. Shop owners aren’t entirely sold cutting that one out.

“From an owners perspective an increase in available candidates to hire for jobs would be nice, however I do feel that it would create a lower price, you might see more barber shops opening up,” said Livin’ in the Cut Shop Owner Greg Picinic.

The I.J. report also recommends lifting restriction on cosmetologist, interior designers and beer brewers.

The ban of 64 ounce refillable beer containers called growlers is already on tap to be repealed this session. Brewers say the container is the most common one used for craft brewers around the country, just not in Florida.

We have packages of 32 oz that’s legal. We have packages of 128 oz that’s legal. The industry standard is a half gallon or 64 oz.,” said Justin Clark, the Vice President of Cigar City Brewing based in Tampa.

The House was a buzz kill for the growler bill last year. The same committee that denied the bill last year has moved it through already in 2014.

Along with barber laws and growlers, the report recommends the state ease up on overregulation on travel agents, funeral directors, and midwives.