For Immediate Release:
March 5, 2018
JMI Commends the Florida House for Lifting the Burden on Working Floridians
Statement from The James Madison Institute on passage of occupational licensing reform by the House of Representatives
Tallahassee- JMI thanks the leadership and members of the Florida House of Representatives for voting to pass reforms to Florida’s antiquated occupational licensing laws. For far too long Florida’s entrepreneurs, and would-be entrepreneurs, have been shackled by cumbersome and unnecessary licensing requirements that have no purpose other than protecting existing market players at the expense of free-market competition. This reform will also help those leaving behind periods of incarceration by making it easier for them to achieve gainful employment and become productive members of society.
The James Madison Institute has long argued for comprehensive reform, and today’s actions are a solid first step. This policy reform is long overdue. It will help promote small businesses around the state and be a boon to consumers, as more competition promotes both higher quality services and better prices for consumers. This is a great step by the Florida House, and we hope the Florida Senate will join in this positive policy reform agenda.
Florida’s premier free-market think tank,The James Madison Instituteis a 501(c)3 nonprofit, nonpartisan research and educational organization. The Institute conducts research on such issues as health care, taxes, and regulatory environments.