Report suggests laws Florida should get rid of

Institute for Justice releases 'Dirty Dozen' report

Author: Matt Galka, Reporter, Capitol News Service
Published On: Feb 27 2014 04:40:33 PM EST
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -

The annual legislative session is usually the time to make new laws in the state, but a new report is recommending otherwise.

The Institute for Justice has released a report they're calling the "Dirty Dozen" -- 12 laws they think Florida should get rid of.

The D.C.-based think tank partnered with the James Madison Institute to release its report of repeals it says 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, of the James Madison Institute.

Florida laws require trade employees, like barbers, to spend thousands of dollars on 1,200 hours of schooling. Livin' in the Cut shop owner Greg Picinic isn't entirely sold about cutting that one out.

"From an owner's perspective, an increase in available candidates to hire for jobs would be nice. However, I do feel that it would create a lower price," said Picinic. "You might see more barber shops opening up."

The IJ 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The ban of 64-ounce refillable beer containers, called growlers, is already on tap to be repealed this session.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 ounce that's legal. We have packages of 128 ounce that's legal. The industry standard is a half gallon or 64 ounce," said Justin Clark, of Cigar City Brewing.

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.