Lace up your thinking shoes: Ron DeSantis wants a ‘Deregathon’

He called deregulation "a top priority of my administration."

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday revealed that he had written the members of Florida’s 23 Professional Licensing Boards, summoning them to his “Florida Deregathon” to find “solutions to harmful regulations facing Floridians.” (Letter is at bottom of post.)

“Florida is one of the most attractive states in the nation to do business, but unnecessary government regulations create a burden upon our businesses, both small and large,” DeSantis said in a statement.

“Aggressive and appropriate deregulation is a top priority of my administration,” he added. “Aside from hurting our businesses, harmful regulations are costly, stifle competition and limit our labor pool. I look forward to working with the boards to see what can be done to keep Florida on a trajectory toward continued prosperity.”

DeSantis said the one-day event, where he will be joined by Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez and Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) Secretary Halsey Beshears, will be held Thursday, Jan. 31, at Valencia College in Orlando.

“Having served for eight years in the Florida House of Representatives, I understand all too well the impact harmful regulations have on individuals and businesses alike,” Nuñez said. “(W)e ask that the Licensing Boards come up with sound, pertinent solutions to the regulatory challenges facing our great state.”

Added Beshears: “As a business owner and entrepreneur, I know from experience that needless regulations act as a damper on Florida’s economy and disproportionately affect small businesses. I look forward to hearing from Florida’s Professional Licensing Boards about ways we can eliminate burdensome requirements and craft a common-sense approach to regulating business in the state of Florida.”

During the “Deregathon,” there will be “no official vote or action taken by the respective boards,” a press release explained. “Each board will work to identify and recommend unnecessary regulations that can be immediately eliminated.”

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