Florida Senate Pushes Dereg Bill to Conference Committee

2011-05-02

Issue Brief

As expected, in early April the House of Representatives passed HB 5005, which proposes the wholesale deregulation of several professions and types of businesses including the telemarketing and sellers of travel industries.  Original versions of the bill included provisions to deregulate the timeshare industry as well as community association management licensees, including timeshare management companies.

Impact

Current regulation of timeshares and related businesses in Florida has provided a stable and understandable business environment in which the industry has thrived and has offered both owners and new buyers significant protections.  While the industry has sought changes from time to time, the wholesale elimination of the regulations is a serious concern.  With timeshare regulation no longer part of this bill, focus now turns to the deregulation of telemarketers and sellers of travel, as numerous actions have recently been taken by the Division of Consumer Services against fraudulent timeshare resale businesses which offers a recent example of the value of the current regulatory scheme.

Position/Call to Action

ARDA opposes portions of HB 5005 and is seeking important changes to the bill related to deregulation of Sellers of Travel and Telemarketers on behalf of the timeshare industry and owners in Florida.

Issue Updates

Today, House and Senate conferees concluded meetings on HB 5005.  While the bill still proposes to deregulate several professions, including interiors designers, telemarketers and sellers of travel have been removed and will continue to be regulated under current standards.  The conference report will now be submitted to both houses of the legislature for final votes.  In an unusual procedural move, the Senate had quickly taken up the bill following House passage and removed all substantive provisions.  The bill was then returned to the House along with a request for a conference committee to resolve differences between the two bodies.  

To find more information on HB 5005 including a copy of the bill please click on the following link HB 5005.