Gov. Ron DeSantis plans to cut down on regulations with an event next week at Valencia College in Orlando.
DeSantis announced on Thursday that he, Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez and Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) Secretary Halsey Beshears will hold a “Florida Deregathon” on Thursday, January 31 at Valencia College. The governor wrote letters to members of Florida’s 23 Professional Licensing Boards and urged them to take part in the event.
On Thursday, DeSantis offered some insight on why he was holding the event next week.
“Florida is one of the most attractive states in the nation to do business, but unnecessary government regulations create a burden upon our businesses, both small and large,” said DeSantis. “Aggressive and appropriate deregulation is a top priority of my administration. Aside from hurting our businesses, harmful regulations are costly, stifle competition and limit our labor pool. I look forward to working with the boards to see what can be done to keep Florida on a trajectory toward continued prosperity.”
“Having served for eight years in the Florida House of Representatives, I understand all too well the impact harmful regulations have on individuals and businesses alike,” said Nuñez. “It is our duty to foster an environment conducive to economic growth and success for all Floridians. To that end, we ask that the Licensing Boards come up with sound, pertinent solutions to the regulatory challenges facing our great state.”
“As a business owner and entrepreneur, I know from experience that needless regulations act as a damper on Florida’s economy and disproportionately affect small businesses,” said Beshears. “I look forward to hearing from Florida’s Professional Licensing Boards about ways we can eliminate burdensome requirements and craft a common-sense approach to regulating business in the state of Florida.”
The governor‘s office stressed that the event will focus on gathering recommendations instead of taking action.
“During Florida Deregathon, there will be no official vote or action taken by the respective boards. Each board will work to identify and recommend unnecessary regulations that can be immediately eliminated,” DeSantis’ office noted.
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