May 7, 2010
Customer participation is central to our mission to license efficiently and regulate fairly. This week, we held our first rulemaking workshops for the licensure and regulation of mold-related service providers and home inspectors. These workshops consist of drafting proposed examinations and licensing rules. The meetings, which took place in Tallahassee on Wednesday, were well attended. Thank you to the professionals who participated in this process.
By conducting these rulemaking workshops now, we can be prepared to regulate the industries beginning July 1. This would not be possible without customers' input, which we first sought when we held meetings around the state to discuss the regulation of the industries prior to the start of this past legislative session.
At DBPR, our mantra has been to engage the people we serve in how we execute our statutorily defined duties. The preparation for regulating these new professions has epitomized how we work at DBPR. Each person we serve we invite to be a part of the process on how we can improve and streamline processes.
This type of participation is necessary at all levels of government. We have been asked to help ensure every person is counted during the 2010 Census. Please visit www.myfloridacensus.gov to tell whether you have been counted in the Census. It is so important that everyone is counted since the Census shapes the future of child care, senior care, schools, job training centers, hospitals, emergency services and more. Please take the time to visit the Web site and make a difference.
In closing, this Sunday is Mother's Day, and I hope that each of you—whether a mother, mother figure, family member or friend—helps celebrate the significant women in your lives. Many women serve as role models for our youth, and no job is more important than giving our children a strong foundation and love. To my mother—happy Mother's Day, Mom.