Orlando Sentinel

Restrictions on selling or transferring stores without the approval of national chains would be lifted for owners of franchise businesses in Florida, under a measure that drew quick opposition after being filed Tuesday.
The proposal (SB 750), filed by Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, also seeks to make it harder to terminate or refuse to renew contracts with franchise owners.

Latvala, during a press conference at the Capitol, called the proposal “basic protections” for small family businesses. “No one is out there telling me as a small business person in the printing business that I can’t sell my business to anyone that I want to sell it to,” Latvala said. The measure would only apply to people who receive franchises after the law goes into effect, Latvala said.

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