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The 2018 Florida Statutes

Title XXXIII
REGULATION OF TRADE, COMMERCE, INVESTMENTS, AND SOLICITATIONS
Chapter 497
FUNERAL, CEMETERY, AND CONSUMER SERVICES
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F.S. 497.381
497.381 Solicitation of goods or services.
(1) The licensing authority shall regulate such solicitation to protect the public from solicitation which is intimidating, overreaching, fraudulent, or misleading; which utilizes undue influence; or which takes undue advantage of a person’s ignorance or emotional vulnerability.
(2) The licensing authority shall regulate such solicitation which comprises an uninvited invasion of personal privacy. It is the express finding of the Legislature that the public has a high expectation of privacy in one’s personal residence, and the licensing authority may restrict the hours or otherwise regulate such solicitation in the personal residence of a person unless the solicitation has been previously and expressly requested by the person solicited.
(3) Nothing in this chapter may be construed to restrict the right of a person to lawfully advertise, direct mail, or otherwise communicate in a manner not within the definition of solicitation or to solicit the business of anyone responding to such communication or otherwise initiating discussion of the goods or services being offered.
(4) At-need solicitation of funeral merchandise or services is prohibited. A funeral director or direct disposer or her or his agent or representative may not contact the legally authorized person or family to sell services or merchandise unless the funeral director or direct disposer or her or his agent or representative has been initially called or contacted by the legally authorized person or family and requested to provide her or his services or merchandise.
History.ss. 1, 5, ch. 79-231; ss. 2, 3, ch. 81-318; s. 2, ch. 85-16; s. 1, ch. 89-8; ss. 26, 122, ch. 93-399; s. 322, ch. 97-103; s. 86, ch. 2004-301; s. 76, ch. 2013-18; s. 17, ch. 2016-172.
Note.Former s. 470.026.