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Eliminating FCHR Would Limit Options and Increase Costs to Citizens Seeking Remedy for Discrimination, Report No. 06-09, January 2006
 
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Although other state, federal, and local entities enforce anti-discrimination laws, the Florida Commission on Human Relations does not duplicate the functions of these entities due to differences in jurisdiction, types of complaints processed, and provisions of applicable laws. The commission provides a reasonably effective method for resolving discrimination complaints, although it should examine the results of its new internal reviews of complaint investigations and revise investigative procedures as needed to address quality issues. It would not be cost-effective to authorize the commission to hold its own administrative hearings. Eliminating the commission could simplify the process for pursuing discrimination complaints. However, it would reduce citizens’ options for addressing discrimination complaints, likely increase costs to Florida citizens and the state, and lengthen resolution time.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Florida Commission on Human Relations

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 07-43 FCHR Has Taken Steps to Improve Investigation Reports and Increase Customer Satisfaction, published in November 2007.
  • Report No. 04-48 Progress Report: Division of Administrative Hearings Significantly Improves the Method of Assessing Fees, published in July 2004.
  • Report No. 04-37 OPPAGA Report: Merging DMS Quasi-Judicial Entities Would Not Result in Savings or Increased Efficiencies,  published in June 2004.
  • Report No. 02-70 Special Examination: Division of Administrative Hearings Method of Assessing Fees Needs Significant Revision, published in December 2002.

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