|For Immediate Release
December 23, 2019
Florida DBPR Secretary Halsey Beshears Highlights 2019 Agency Successes
Agency’s Primary Focus on Occupational Licensing Reform has Resulted in Increased Access to Employment for Floridians
Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) Secretary Halsey Beshears highlighted a series of achievements on occupational licensing reform initiatives and advancements in the delivery of regulatory services that have been part of the agency’s priority focus throughout 2019. From these successful initiatives, Florida’s approach to occupational licensing and the regulatory channels that facilitate licensure and compliance for more than 1.4 million state license holders continues to improve.
Starting with the recommendations arising from the Florida Deregathon launched by Governor DeSantis in January, a first-of-its-kind convening of all seventeen professional licensing boards, the Department established a roadmap for reform that has resulted in more than 50 administrative rules being repealed or changed to decrease unnecessary regulatory burdens. These rule modifications have pushed back barriers of professional entry into many of the department’s regulated occupations by reducing license fees, reducing minimum-hour requirements of pre-licensure and continuing professional education, and easing restrictions on frequency of examination and application that have previously delayed Floridians from achieving the licensure required for them to begin practicing in their respective professional field.
Governor Ron DeSantis said, “At the Florida Deregathon, we kickstarted a reform plan that has already returned real results through the follow-up actions led by Secretary Beshears and our professionals serving on Florida’s occupational licensing boards. As these regulatory initiatives continue at DBPR, we will continue to create more opportunity for Floridians for many years to come.”
Among the occupational licensing reform measures accomplished in 2019, Secretary Beshears highlighted:
DBPR Secretary Beshears said, “We have worked diligently at DBPR this year to reduce regulatory burdens and increase operational advancements in order to create an environment where Floridians can build a business or start a professional career. Governor DeSantis’ support of these priorities and our accomplishments this year are making a real difference for hardworking Floridians.”
Secretary Beshears also highlighted improvements in the processes and performance of the agency in delivering regulatory services, including:
Secretary Beshears also emphasized numerous accomplishments within other departmental programs, including:
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