Senate prez on deregs: ‘We’re not libertarians. We’re Republicans.”by Dara Kam | April 8th, 2011
The House scrapped oversight of more than a dozen professions, many of which lawmakers began regulating to curtail scam artists in fields like dance studios, so-called charities and auto repair shops.
Senate GOP leaders, who didn’t have a sweeping deregulation plan of their own, agreed to negotiate with their counterparts on the issue.
But it’s unlikely they’ll sign off on deregulating the broad swath of professions the House approved in a party-line vote yesterday.
“If it’s important to the House we want to give it every consideration but we want to be very sensitive to particular areas where there have been the scammers,” Senate President Mike Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island, told reporters today.
Movers and auctioneers are among the professions Haridopolos, a candidate for U.S. Senate, said he’s leery about relinquishing oversight.
“And again, there is a role for government. Let’s not forget about that. We’re not libertarians. We’re Republicans. And we recognize the role for government and we’re going to try to strike that balance,” said Haridopolos, adding that “there’s a difference between regulation and red tape.”
Haridopolos said it’s likely the House and Senate will reach common ground but “some of the areas where we’ve had the historic scam opportunities for bad folks, we’re going to make sure those doors continue to stay shut or at least more in the sunshine.”
Gov. Rick Scott, who’s pushed deregulation of some businesses since taking office in January, said he wants to do away with government oversight that consumers don’t use.
“Look at every one of these things that we regulate…Have you ever looked at whether they have a state license or not? If the consumers are not relying on that, that’s one,” Scott said.
It “doesn’t make sense” to have regulations in which “some people are complying and some people aren’t complying,” Scott said. “I’m very supportive of reducing the regulation for things that our consumers are not relying on.”