Florida – Governor DeSantis’ State of the State Address
Issue: Occupational Licensing
Affects: Those who build pools/spas
Summary: Governor DeSantis made several remarks regarding proposed updates to occupational licensing. The Governor stated:
“Its clear we need reform of our occupational licensing regime, which borders on the absurd and primarily serves to frustrate opportunities for Floridians.
You can become a sniper in the Marine Corps by completing training for 79 days, which equates to 632 hours; becoming a licensed interior designer in Florida requires 1760 hours.
You can earn jump wings by completing Army Jump School in three weeks, or about 168 hours; Florida law requires 1200 hours to become licensed as a barber.
Our DBPR secretary and your former colleague Halsey Beshears has identified a number of these requirements that need to be streamlined, rolled back or eliminated. This project merits your support.”
Status: This State of the State Address was given March 5, 2019.