Gov. DeSantis signs bill giving state regulatory control over food delivery apps

Shanghai,China-August 29th 2023: Meituan, Ele.me, Instacart, Uber Eats, Grubhub, Postmates, ChowNow, DoorDash, Deliveroo. Assorted famous online food delivery app icons
The Division of Hotels and Restaurants within the Department of Business and Professional Regulation will be tasked with enforcing this law.

Tallahassee will soon have something to say about what happens when you order food from popular delivery apps.

Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed SB 676, which passed the Senate and House without a “no” vote this Session.

The measure, sponsored by Sen. Jennifer Bradley of Clay County, relegates the regulation of “food delivery platforms” that corral orders from multiple restaurants to the state.

The legislation is supported by a number of influential groups, including the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, Grubhub, the Associated Industries of Florida, Uber Technologies, the Florida Chamber, TechNet and the James Madison Institute. The Digital Restaurant Association opposes the bill, meanwhile.

The measure requires delivery platforms to obtain the written or electronic consent of restaurants before picking up orders.

Platforms are required to remove restaurants within 10 days of a request to do so as well.

Delivery platforms also can’t intentionally inflate or deflate restaurant pricing.

Delivery platforms will also be required to itemize costs for their customers starting in July 2025. Customers also would have unlimited rights to appeal disputed orders and transactions under this legislation.

Search engines that people use to get information on restaurants are exempt from this legislation, meanwhile

The Division of Hotels and Restaurants within the Department of Business and Professional Regulation is tasked with enforcing this law, which would expand its staff and its mission.

An analysis of the legislation anticipates it will need three additional staff and $309,705 for starters, but that money could be offset by the collection of fines for noncompliance. Those fines are capped at $1,000 in this legislation.

To implement this scheme, the bill appropriates $173,573 in recurring funds and $13,922 in nonrecurring funds from the Hotel and Restaurant Trust Fund and $113,749 in recurring funds and $8,461 in nonrecurring funds from the Administrative Trust Fund to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

The bill creates three jobs totaling $182,692 in salary to implement this act as well.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


9 comments

  • Anne G

    March 28, 2024 at 10:58 am

    Good luck this is as good as the vacation rental bill. These agencies have a hard time doing what they supposed to at this time. Maybe a joke!

    • St George AirBnB Island

      April 3, 2024 at 7:06 pm

      Every home on St George Island is owned by a law firm.

  • FLPatriot

    April 3, 2024 at 1:36 pm

    Bigger government. The new GOP mantra

    • Prison State University

      April 3, 2024 at 7:07 pm

      More prisons than colleges by triple.

      • Rick Whitaker

        April 4, 2024 at 10:08 am

        florida is doomed to spend about a decade in darkness due to the effects of the desantis rejime. sorry about that, but you voted for desantis, not me.for the sake of love, please don’t let florida vote in trump or ANY gop clowns.

  • Ron’s Dreaming Of

    April 3, 2024 at 7:05 pm

    Also; fentanyl and cocaine are banned. So that’s solved.

  • Monday news

    April 3, 2024 at 8:42 pm

    Laws are like hyphenated compounds in writing,”good law”

  • Dont Say FLA

    April 4, 2024 at 11:49 am

    Thusly ends operations of food delivery apps in Fleur D’uh.

    Now the food delivery apps will go back to the WWW versions for customers in Florida

    Rhonda says “Mission Accomplished, Problem Solved,” LOL

  • MH/Duuuval

    April 4, 2024 at 7:20 pm

    The legislation is supported by a number of influential groups, including the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, Grubhub, the Associated Industries of Florida, Uber Technologies, the Florida Chamber, TechNet and the James Madison Institute. The Digital Restaurant Association opposes the bill.

    In other words, the Big Boys want to firm up their monopoly on food delivery. Another example of how campaign contributions can improve your bottom line.

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