Governor Scott is doing all that he can to provide Jobs to Floridians but some would say he is going about it in all the wrong ways.
Ensuring that your Florida professional service provider is Licensed and Insured is the most important piece of information that the Citizens of Florida require from any Legitimate Florida Professional Service Provider prior to hiring and receiving any professional service in the State of Florida.
This would include all professional services from your Licensed Barber or Cosmetologist to the Licensed Home or Mold Inspector you hire to inspect your home before you make the most important purchase of your life.
The idea that eliminating the States requirement for licensing could ever be a good thing is simply ridicules.
A Florida License ensures that Florida professionals meet a minimum requirement necessary to obtain a license Prior to providing their services.
A Florida License means that Floridians have a means of reviewing a licensee’s history prior to hiring and a way of reporting a licensee’s poor or negligent performance if necessary.
A Florida License creates an Informed and Empowered Florida Consumer.
A lack of a Florida License presents a real financial danger to the citizens of Florida.
The Governors’ idea is to de-regulate professional services making it easier for Floridians to get a job. I don’t know about the rest of you but I don’t want an unemployed engineer (for example) cutting my hair just so he has a job.
I do know that the regulating of professions is what separates us from the old Wild, Wild West. It’s what protects Floridians from Fraud, Scams, and Unqualified Contractors.
I do know it is what sets a standard to ensure Floridians receive a trained, insured, and licensed professional services and not the proposed legislation that might as well be labeled HB 101 Caveat Emptor or “Let the buyer beware”.
The introduction of PCB BCAS 11-01 (proposed committee bill) is being heard tomorrow morning in the House Business & Consumer Services Subcommittee.
This is the introduction of a proposed Bill that is “An act relating to the deregulation of professions and occupations; amending s. 20.165, F.S.;”
This is an attempt to deregulate professions from Auctioneers, Barbers, Home Inspectors, Interior Designers, Mold-Related Services, Surveyors and many, many more.
Check to see if you may no longer need your professional license in the proposed legislation.
Committee members who need to be contacted to STOP the madness.
Bovo, Jr., Esteban L. (R) Chair, Roberson, Kenneth L. (R) Vice Chair, Abruzzo, Joseph (D) Democratic Ranking Member, Ahern, Larry (R), Artiles, Frank (R), Crisafulli, Steve (R), Eisnaugle, Eric (R), Goodson, Tom (R), Jones, Mia L. (D), Nuñez, Jeanette M. (R), Patronis, Jimmy (R), Rouson, Darryl Ervin (D), Slosberg, Irving (D), Stafford, Cynthia A. (D), Young, Dana D. (R)
•John P. Lapotaire, CIEC
•Certified Indoor Environmental Consultant
•Microshield Environmental Services, LLC
I am a licensed professional handyman. I work on commercial and retail properties. I have been in business for over five years and never had one complaint. Now i have the right contacts to perform property inspections but all the regulations in Florida have closed the door in my face. How much more of this market cornering must we take. Do you really expect me to leave my business and work for peanuts to gain the years of “experience” requirements needed to be licensed? Not to mention the fact there are no jobs to gain the experience needed to begin with. Congrats on cornering every little market to protect yourself from competition. Now your can go and rip off the community with your poor service and high prices. Thats what happens to the “protected” consumer when they have no choices.
I really don’t know what to say, you identify yourself as a “licensed” professional handyman but you don’t specify what work you provide regarding mold.
You also stated that you have the right contacts to perform property inspections but you didn’t really clarify what the inspections entail.
You indicated that you’ve been in business as a “licensed” handyman for over five years and stated that you were “licensed”. Exactly what are you licensed as and by whom are you licensed?
The State of Florida had a very gracious grandfathering program that was open for 9 months. Any true professional in either the home inspection business of mold assessment business would have easily completed the necessary training or conducted the necessary assessments to qualify for their Florida State Mold Assessors or Home Inspectors License via the grandfathering clause.
The protection to Florida consumers is in the requiring of minimal training and insurance when conducting mold assessments and or home inspections. Exactly how can that be wrong?
Help me understand what you have been doing for the past five years that didn’t include any certification or training.
I can assure you that your clients are not my clients. I have taken nothing from you and I will not benefit from you no longer providing any service.
I have personally followed behind dozens of untrained mold samplers that hand clients a laboratory report in exchange for a “Mold Inspection” fee. If you had been providing that type of service, known by true professionals as a “Pump Jockey”, then you are the untrained, uninsured, unqualified, and yes unlicensed handyman that the State is protecting Floridians from.
If you are providing a quality mold inspection and not just a laboratory report then you must be trained and have a certification right? So I don’t understand why you aren’t licensed?
Maybe you could clarify for me.
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