The “Protect Florida Small Business Act” (SB 750), has died in the Florida senate’s Judiciary Committee. Although Florida Senate’s Regulated Industries Committee passed SB 750 by a 7-2 vote, the judiciary committee refused to schedule it for a hearing. SB 750 was aimed at “protecting” Florida franchisees from franchisors who are currently allowed to terminate their franchise rights without cause or warning, but it drew criticism from franchise associations. The International Franchise Association (IFA) strongly opposed the bill and opined that the government should not get involved in what is essentially a private business contract.
The IFA believed that this bill would undermine franchising in Florida and cause franchisors to sell their franchises elsewhere in the United States, where they could better protect their brand. The Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) supported the bill and the protections it would have provided to franchisees. The CFA felt that this bill would not put a damper on franchising in Florida because the state is a desirable place to do business. This marks the end of SB 750 for the 2017 legislative session in Florida.