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On June 18, Gov. Ron DeSantis approved Senate Bill 1600 to bring universal occupational license recognition to Florida. The bill, sponsored by Senator Jay Collins, passed unanimously in both chambers of the state legislature.

This is a massive win for worker freedom, entrepreneurs, and meeting Florida’s healthcare needs.

Senate Bill 1600, also known as the MOBILE Act, simplifies the licensing process in Florida for individuals already licensed in similar professions in other U.S. states or territories, establishing specific criteria and procedures for this purpose.

The new law requires the Department of Health to issue licenses within seven days if applicants meet criteria, among other provisions.

Americans for Tax Reform applauds the Florida legislature, and Sen. Collins and Gov. DeSantis, for leading on this important, commonsense, conservative reform.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, ATR reported on the Department of Health and Human Services permitting licensed health care professionals to work in a different state from which they are licensed.

Simplifying and removing regulations in this way relieves the burden on professionals who wish to move from one state to another and enables individuals to more freely choose their place of work