Apr 19, 2010 5:06 PM by Melissa Canone
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana would no longer be the only
state that requires retail florists to pass a licensing exam, if
lawmakers approve a bill that received approval Monday from the
House Commerce Committee.
The measure by Rep. Franklin Foil, R-Baton Rouge, would do away
with the written and practical exams that a person currently must
take before becoming a licensed florist. The licensing fee still
would be required.
The tests have been the subject of lawsuits in recent year, but
legislative attempts to get rid of the exams have failed to gain
The committee voted 9-4 to advance Foil's bill (House Bill 450)
to the full House for debate, despite opponents arguments that the
tests ensure the quality of a florist.
Louisiana has more than 2,200 licensed florists, according to
Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain, who said more than 100 people
take the florist exam annually and about 70 percent to 75 percent
of them pass.
The test, which costs $150 to take, is comprised of a one-hour
written exam and a four-hour practical exam in which the taker must
design four floral arrangements.