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Florida lawmakers tread carefully with deregulation of professions this time

Rather than reignite a bitter debate over whether to remove from state oversight a series of professions including hair braiders and interior designers, lawmakers in 2012 are treading lightly in their quest to create jobs and spur the economy.

But it doesn't mean everyone is liking it — especially Florida architects.

Small but specific moves to scale back professional laws are proceeding through the legislative process, addressing a spectrum of regulations from continuing education hours to work experience and, most controversially, eliminating "protectionist" policies that keep out newcomers.

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