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IMPORTANT!! Legislative Call to Action

Tuesday, February 23, 2016  
Posted by: Amy O'Rourke
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FALI LEGISLATIVE NEWS ALERT “IMMEDIATE MEMBER ACTION NEEDED”



SB 1266 - A bill to be entitled; “An act relating to recovery agencies; amending s.493.6101, F.S.; redefining the term “recovery agency”

Could Lead to Deregulation of ALL 493 industries

As shared in the FALI E-Alert of February 11th, the FALI Legislative Committee has been monitoring this bill, and its house companion HB 1131 even though it applies to Recovery Agencies.

An out of state organization has proposed these bills and if they pass, it would exempt them from being required to be licensed in Florida. Yet it would position them to dictate to licensed Agencies, and individuals, in that industry professionally, and financially. If this legislation become law for Recovery, it will set the precedence for something similar from happening to the Private Investigation profession. We have the very real example of Trustify, without legislation, trying to do the same thing to our profession. If Recovery and PI are impacted, security would likely be next.

Imagine if none of the 493 professions were regulated. What is being encouraged is unregulated internet companies doing business in Florida. In the event a violation occurs, the Department would be prohibited from seeking relief for consumers. These out of state internet companies are performing the exact same activity as the regulated recovery agencies. They contract with companies to perform the functions but are not bonded, licensed nor do they undergo background screening.

Since the creation of 493. it has always been clear, that only a licensed agency can advertise the services for which a license is held. The Division of Licensing has records going back decades in which they pursued unlicensed individuals, and companies, for unlicensed activities to include advertising these regulated services.

In the past 10 years we have seen a large number of internet advertisement of 493. regulated services that have defrauded the public in many ways. So much so the regulated industries themselves passed legislation which increased penalties on those advertising or preforming these services without being licensed on a second or subsequent offense.   

The professions under 493, as a united front, must make contact and put pressure on Senator Alan Hays, Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government to NOT put this dangerous “precedence setting” bill on his committee’s agenda. It’s important he understand how bad this is for consumers in the State of Florida. This encouragement of unlicensed activity puts low income families, and the elderly, at great risk. We must also contact Division of Licensing Director, Grea Bevis and his staff and have them stand up against this with us. We also want to contact members of the House of Representative so HB 1131 will also not be scheduled for hearing.

CALL TO ACTION:
Below is a sample letter that may be used. At the least, please copy this letter on to your business letterhead and scan and attach it to an email. Those who want, can take it a step further, and add personal concerns, and example, of how it will impact business and be a determent to the citizens of Florida.

Unlike past requests like this we are asking you to send EACH email to Cynergy Consulting at: elizabethnix@embarqmail.com   Please put in the subject: "FALI - response to SB 1266.” Each of your letters will be printed out by Cynergy and hand carried to the legislators.

Note: if you are unable to print on your letterhead and scan then it is fine to send in the body of an email. However, the more "letterheads” we have the more of an impact it makes visually.


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The emails to the members of the Florida House of Representatives should be addressed as follows and reference "HB 1131":
The Honorable Representative Jose "Pepi” Diaz
House Regulated Industries Committee, Chair
The Capital - 303H
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100

The Honorable Representative Mike LaRosa
The Capital - 405H
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100

The Honorable Representative Halsey Beshears
The Capital - 303H
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100

The Honorable Representative Jim Boyd
The Capital - 322C
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100

The Honorable Representative Dane Eagle
The Capital - 303H
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100

The Honorable Representative Matt Gaetz
The Capital - 317C
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100

The Honorable Representative Tom Goodson
The Capital - 218H
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100

The Honorable Representative Mike Miller
The Capital - 1101C
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100

The Honorable Representative Jake Raburn
The Capital - 300H
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100

The Honorable Representative Holly Raschein
The Capital - 319C
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100

The Honorable Representative Ray Rodrigues
The Capital - 317C
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100

The Honorable Representative John Wood
The Capital - 303H
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100

The Honorable Representative Jared Moskowitz
The Capital - 1401C
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100

The Honorable Representative Randolph Bracy
The Capital - 1401C
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100

The Honorable Representative Evan Jenne
The Capital - 316C
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100

The Honorable Representative David Richardson
The Capital - 200H
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100

The Honorable Representative Darryl Rouson
The Capital - 212C
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100

The Honorable Representative Irving Slosberg
The Capital - 1003C
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100

The Honorable Representative Dana Young
The Capital - 322C
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100

The Honorable Representative Steve Crisafulli
Speaker of the House
The Capital - 420C
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100

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The emails to the members of the Florida Senate should be addressed as follows and reference "SB 1266:
The Honorable Senator Alan Hays
Chairman, Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government
The Capital - 320S
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100

The Honorable Senator Oscar Braynon
The Capital - 213S
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100

The Honorable Senator Thad Altman
The Capital - 314S
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100

The Honorable Senator Tom Lee
The Capital - 418S
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100

The Honorable Senator Gwen Margolis
The Capital - 414S
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100


The emails Grea Bevis should be addressed as follows and reference both “SB 1266 and HB 1131. Since he is the Director of the Division you might decide to put different language in the letter asking the Division to stand with us against this legislation:
Mr Grea Bevis
Director, Florida Division of Licensing
3520 North Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32303


Please either draft your own letter based on the letter below, or copy this letter on your letterhead and email to Cynergy Consulting at elizabethnix@embarqmail.com: Please be sure to make the changes indicated based on which Chamber you are contacting.



February 23, 2015

Copy and paste address as indicated above for each letter


Dear Senator or Representative _____________:

I am writing to respectfully request that SB 1266 or HB 1131, an act relating to the recovery industry, not be scheduled on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government as it sets a dangerous precedence for the protection of the citizens of Florida. This encouragement of unlicensed activity puts Florida citizens, in particular low income families, and the elderly, at great risk.

State Statute 493 regulates professions including: recovery, private investigations and security.  What is being encouraged by this bill is unregulated internet companies doing business in Florida. In the event a violation occurs, the Department of Agriculture would be prohibited from seeking relief for consumers. These out of state internet companies are performing the exact same activity as the regulated recovery agencies. They contract with companies to perform the functions but are not bonded, licensed nor do they undergo background screening.

As a licensed private investigator in the State of Florida, and a member of the Florida Association of Licensed Investigators (FALI), the 3rd largest Private Investigative association in the country, I am making this request , along with other members, to protect the thousands of licensees in the State of Florida and the hundreds of thousands of citizens with whom they conduct business.

I appreciate your consideration of this request. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at ________________

Sincerely yours,
Name

Company Name
License number(s)

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