Effort to end licensing of florists in Louisiana falls short

Published 3:31 pm Tuesday, May 1, 2018

BATON ROUGE (AP) — Louisiana will remain the only state in the nation that requires retail florists to pass a licensing exam.
The Senate agriculture committee voted 6-1 Tuesday against a House-passed bill that would have ended the licensing requirement, stalling the measure.

Rep. Julie Emerson, a Carencro Republican, proposed to end florist licensing as part of a broader deregulation effort aimed at shrinking professional licensing requirements. Emerson says some requirements can keep people from using their skills to earn a living and build businesses.

Gov. John Bel Edwards supported the florist licensing repeal.

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But opponents raised safety and public welfare concerns. Similar questions have sidelined nearly every other deregulation bill pushed by Emerson, except a proposal to create an annual review process of regulations governing individual professions.