New report on Florida's "Dirty Dozen" laws calls for repeal of ban on 64-ounce growlers

Posted by Mitch Perry on Wed, Feb 19, 2014 at 2:36 PM

As CL reported last month, there certainly appears to be a sentiment in the air in Tallahassee this year to finally repeal the absurd state law banning 64-ounce growlers from being sold by craft brewers.

That ban is cited in a new report called "Florida’s Dirty Dozen: Twelve Repealers That Can Boost Business, Create Jobs and Change Florida’s Economic Policy for the Better," published by the Institute for Justice.

Regarding the growler ban, the report says that such a ban serves no legitimate purpose. And it clearly shows who has been the agents resistant to change.

From the report:

It should come as no surprise, then, that efforts to reform or repeal this law have been brought before the Florida Legislature several times.

But each attempt was ultimately foiled by industry insiders who stood to lose market share with the introduction of newer, different offerings for Florida’s beer aficionados.

This session, a similar bill has been proposed that would do away with this inane regulation.

This time around, the Legislature should stand up to the entrenched business interests that insist on keeping Florida’s tavern doors shut to small-scale breweries and pubs. It should not be illegal in Florida to provide customers with a unique product in a slightly different package. Indeed, it is time that the Legislature finally announces “last call” for this burdensome regulation once and for all.

Other professions where the report says there is too much regulation include interior designers, barbers, auctioneers, cosmetologists, travel agents, midwives, funeral directors, talent agents and household movers.

Regarding auctioneers, the report says that folks wishing to enter that profession must work as apprentices under already licensed auctioneers or complete a minimum of 80 hours of classroom instruction. Then they must pass a special exam that focuses on subjects like law, advertising and finance. The report says such onerous hurdles to overcome are designed to limit competition.

The report calls for the removal of all such laws by repealer bills. Repealer bills, or simply “repealers,” are used to remove statutes that are outdated, redundant, or otherwise unwanted. Repealers remove text from, and cannot add any text to, the state’s statutes. Importantly, they do not count toward representatives’ six-bills-per-session limit. These bills are traditionally used to remove obsolete laws, but IJ’s study suggests they can also be used to advance business in the state.

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