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Friday, December 4, 2015

-Floridians for Fair Business Practices Get in the Spirit –

(Tallahassee, Fla.)— The “most wonderful time of the year” reminds us that Florida residents, visitors, and businesses deserve to break free, like “wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings,” from government regulation. Whether wanting to purchase “bright copper kettles” or “warm woolen mittens” and spirits for a holiday party, Floridians do not have the option to get all of their favorite things at one convenient and secure location.

Floridians for Fair Business Practices (FFBP) today released a list with “a few of their favorite things” about repealing Florida’s alcohol separation law, “a problem as old as Maria’s.”

Free Market
Florida businesses should have the option to sell spirits and groceries together in “brown paper packages tied up with strings.” Not only do businesses benefit, but so do consumers.

Convenience
The law is inconvenient to shoppers, costly to retailers, as well as arbitrary and unfair. Customers want the convenience of purchasing adult beverages at the same location as their “crisp apple strudels.” It’s time to adopt common sense legislation.

Security
Consumers and employees could shop and operate in a more monitored retail environment as opposed to a small isolated area with a separate entrance. Major grocers and retailers have state-of-the-art “doorbells and sleigh bells” and asset protection teams at the ready. That begs the question: Do small package liquor stores?

Responsibility
Safeguards by major grocers currently exist to limit “girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes” from accessing liquor in a retail store. In fact, 61.1 percent get liquor from unrelated people over 21 or from their parents’ stashes.

Fairness
Repealing the law will promote fair business practices and competition while reducing business costs for all grocers. This works both ways, too. Package liquor stores will be able to expand their grocery business as a result of the repeal so they too can sell “schnitzel with noodles.”

Modernization
This prohibition-era law is an old regulation that has no bearing in today’s economy. When lawmakers decide to repeal this law, “then we won’t feel so bad.”

So instead of a law that is so poorly written, think of “raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens.” When “silver white winters melt into spring,” it will be time to vote for our favorite thing – House Bill 245 and Senate Bill 420 sponsored by Rep. Carlos Trujillo (R-Miami) and Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto (R-Ft. Myers).

About Floridians for Fair Business Practices
Floridians for Fair Business Practices is a coalition of retailers and business groups whose purpose is to identify rules and regulations, which prohibit the growth and expansion of Florida business. Coalition members include the Big Bend Minority Chamber of Commerce, the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, Target and Walmart. Coalition supporters include Americans for Prosperity, Americans for Tax Reform, and R Street Institute. For additional information, please go to www.FairBizinFlorida.com.

**Song Credit: Rodgers and Hammerstein (1960). My Favorite Things (Performed by: Mary Martin). The Sound of Music. New York, NY (1959)

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