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General Revenue Savings Possible in Consumer Protection Program, Report No. 01-51, November 2001
 
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The Consumer Protection Program is beneficial to the state and should be continued. However, the Legislature and the department could reduce the need for general revenue and trust funds by $4.8 million and improve program efficiency by
  • increasing regulatory fees to levels that fully support program costs;
  • allowing program inspectors to work four-day workweeks to reduce travel costs, implementing risk-based inspection methods for fair rides and weights and measures inspections to improve efficiency, and enacting rider misbehavior provisions to reduce fair ride accidents;
  • privatizing the operation of the consumer services telephone call center and fair ride inspections;
  • consolidating administration of the Lemon Law within the Department of Legal Affairs; and
  •  monitoring whether the program’s regulation of small industries continues to provide a public benefit and considering eliminating regulation when a public benefit is no longer demonstrated.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Food Safety and Quality
Forest and Resource Protection
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS)
Consumer Protection

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 08-33 Further Actions Need to Be Taken to Improve the State’s Consumer Complaint System, published in May 2008.
  • Report No. 06-51 Florida’s System for Handling Consumer Complaints Could Be Improved, published in June 2006.
  • Report No. 04-29 Progress Report: Consumer Protection Program Increases Some Fees; Some Revenue and Efficiency Opportunities Remain, published in March 2004.
  • Report No. 02-64 Special Evaluation: New Security Rules Have Minimal Cost Impact on Aerial Application Industry, published in December 2002.
  • Report No. 01-60 Justification Review: Agricultural Development Program Met Standards, But Activities Should Become Financially Self-Supporting, published in November 2001.
  • Report No. 01-53 Justification Review: Some Funding Shifts Are Possible for the State’s Food Safety and Quality Program, published in November 2001.
  • Report No. 01-36 Justification Review: Forest Protection Program Meets Most Standards; Could Achieve Further Savings, published in August 2001.
  • Report No. 96-76 Follow-up Report on Selected Consumer Protection Programs Administered by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, published in April 1997.
  • Report No. 96-45 Follow-Up Report on the Division of Fruit and Vegetables Within the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, published in February 1997.
  • Report No. 96-40 Follow-up Report on the Amusement Device Safety Inspection Program Administered by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, published in January 1997.
  • Report No. 96-23 Follow-Up Report on the Division of Plant Industry Within the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, published in December 1996.
  • Report No. 96-10 Follow-up Report on the Division of Forestry within DACS, published in September 1996.
  • Report No. 94-42 Review of the Amusement Device Safety Inspection Program, published in March 1995.
  • Report No. 94-11 Performance Audit of the Division of Forestry, published in October 1994.
  • Report No. 12185 Performance Audit of the Division of Animal Industry, published in November 1993.

Copies of this report in print or alternate accessible format may be obtained by telephone (850/488-0021), by FAX (850/487-9213), in person, or by mail (OPPAGA Report Production, Claude Pepper Building, Room 312, 111 W. Madison St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1475).
e-mail address: oppaga@oppaga.fl.gov


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