Advocacy Corner – April 26 – May 2, 2015

Legislative Session Ends Early; Special Session Needed for State Budget

It appears that the Legislative Session that was set to end on Friday came to an end on Tuesday when the Florida House adjourned sine die. The Senate ended their session today. This is the first time since records have been kept that the Florida House and Senate ended on different days. The Legislature will have to return to Tallahassee for a Special Session to send a budget to Governor Rick Scott prior to the start of Florida’s fiscal year on July 1.

The Florida House ended their work on Tuesday, citing the lack on an agreement on the state budget due to funding for healthcare expansion and the Low Income Pool, a federal program that provides funding for uncompensated care. The Florida Senate reaffirmed their commitment to expanding healthcare in Florida, in order to secure $2.2 billion from the Low Income Pool fund.

With the end of session, several policy initiatives will not go forward. Among them is a tax cut package, a spending plan for a voter-approved environmental measure, and bills that would have authorized ride sharing companies to operate legally in Florida

Go Hillsborough Transportation Workshops Continue

There are 1.3 million people in Hillsborough County, and more are on the way. How should we plan for this growth, and what type of transportation do we need to make sure we are not stuck in gridlock?

The Go Hillsborough transportation workshops are your opportunity to tell local officials how you think we should solve our transportation problems. With more than $3 billion worth of transportation needs in Hillsborough, local officials need your input to determine what steps our community should take towards building a transportation system that supports economic development, and improves our quality of life.

For a list of upcoming meetings, visit

Legislative Wrap-up, May 20

Tampa Electric presents the 2015 Legislative Wrap-Up on Wednesday, May 20, 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Maestro’s at the Straz Center. Join our invited Hillsborough legislative delegation members as they discuss the 2015 Legislative Session and Chamber initiatives. For more information or to register, click here.

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