The House Commerce Committee on Thursday, April 4th, 2019, advanced a professional deregulation bill (HB 27). The bill included language to deregulate the auction industry.

Florida Auctioneers Association Secretary Treasurer, Chad Johnson was in attendance representing the association. Chad was granted time to address the committee and voice concern about eleminating license law and the effect it would have on the industry and consumers.

In an article published on, Chad was quoted as saying, "Deregulating certain industries could have greater consequence than realized at first blush. He said most think of auctioneers and think of fast talking and charismatic presentation, but there’s also important fiduciary responsibilities for the profession".

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