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Small Businesses Saved from Over Regulation

Last year the Florida Chamber fought back against an emergency rule that would have unnecessarily shifted the burden of pollution notifications to the public, the media and elected officials from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to Florida companies that may not be equipped to handle such requests.

As soon as the rule was public, the Florida Chamber of Commerce led a coalition effort to raise concerns on potential regulatory uncertainty, vague reporting thresholds, and the burdensome media reporting requirement with Florida DEP leadership.

Yesterday, SB 532, filed by Senator Bill Galvano, which would once again ensure the regulated community is not forced to become the regulator when it comes to reporting spills to the public, passed its first committee stop.

The Florida Chamber believes that the core function of the Florida DEP is to use its expertise and judgment to provide appropriate notice and recommendations to the public and we commend the Florida Legislature for making it clear that small businesses should not do the job of the Florida DEP.

The Florida Chamber will continue to closely monitor this issues and provide updates. To learn more, please visit the Florida Chamber’s Water Issue Page.

Florida Chamber Opposes Bill That Could Increase Regulations on Businesses

Today, the Senate Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee passed a bill that could increase regulations on businesses – SB 306, sponsored by Senator Dwight Bullard (D- Cutler Bay).

Christopher Emmanuel, Director of Infrastructure and Governance Policy at the Florida Chamber, testified against this bill saying, “We believe that it will increase costs to businesses and ultimately to the consumers. For these reasons, we stand opposed to this bill.”

The bill could ban disposable plastic bags that businesses use for products their customers purchase.

Specifically, this bill would give local governments the ability to regulate or completely ban the bags, and it could:

  • Lead to a patchwork of different local regulations on packaging across the state,
  • Increase costs to businesses and consumers, and
  • Eliminate cost effective bagging options for customers and consumers.

The Florida Chamber believes burdensome government regulations and mandates are counterproductive to building the perfect business climate. Tell us how this bill could affect your business by contacting us today at cemmanuel@flchamber.com.

What’s Next For This Bill:

The bill now heads to Senate Community Affairs Committee.