As we have advised over the past few weeks, the Florida Protect Small Business Act, filed by Senator Jack Latvala and Representative Jason Brodeur, has been assigned to the Committee on Regulated Industries. Regretably, the bill has not yet been formally scheduled for a public hearing, and the Florida legislative session begins next Tuesday, March 7. We anticipate that the bill will be heard sometime next week, but can’t confirm the date and time as yet.  We hope to have that information later today and will advise Florida franchisees accordingly.  In the meantime, if possible, plan to visit Tallahassee for the hearing and voice your support for this important legislation. The IFA and large franchisors have already begun a misinformation campaign in opposition. You can learn the facts at Florida Protect Small Business Act and take direct action to protect yourself by attending the hearing and talking with your elected officials.