Hard cash: Bill requires some Florida businesses to accept currency, coin or pay penalties

The cash requirement applies to in-person sales only.

Florida businesses, including doctors’ offices and hospitals, could be forced to accept cash payments from their customers or face hefty fines under a bill (HB 35) filed Monday in the House for consideration in the 2024 Session.

Filed by Rep. Joel Rudman, HB 35 requires businesses “operating at a fixed, permanent physical premises, from a vehicle or other mobile space, or from a temporary physical premises” to accept cash payment for the transaction of any tangible goods or services.

The cash requirement — which includes coin and currency — does not apply to

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