Policy & Transportation Digest

City to host Street Car Expansion meeting

As part of the current Premium Transit Study, the City of Tampa will hold three public meetings on the possibility of expanding the Street Car.  The first meeting will be held on March 7 at the Tampa Bay History Center from 5:30-7:30pm.

Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce Participates in Statewide Call Supporting Ridesharing

The Tampa Chamber was asked this week to participate in a call supporting HB 221/SB 340 Transportation Network Companies that will provide a statewide regulations for TNC’s like Uber.

How Many Structurally Unsafe Bridges are there in the U.S.?

There are over 100,000 structurally deficient bridges in America.  Hillsborough County and the State of Florida are better off than other states and communities on this issue.

What happened in Tallahassee this week:

This week HB 221 Transportation Network Companies sponsored by Representative Sprowls and Representative Grant was passed the Government Accountability Committee by a vote of 21-1.  The bill will be heard next on the floor of the Florida House during the legislative session.

The bill will allow for a statewide set of standards governing and authorizing ridesharing services and transportation network companies in Florida.

SB 340,  Transportation Network Companies sponsored by Senator Brandes The Florida Senate companion bill of the bill has been referred to the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee for its first of three stops in the Senate.  As of today, it has not been placed on an agenda.

The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce Supports HB 221 and SB 340.

Also, this week, HB  7005 Economic Programs sponsored by Careers & Competition Subcommittee was passed the House Appropriations Committee by a vote of 18 to 12.  The bill will next be heard on the floor of the Florida House during the legislative session.

The bill will eliminate economic incentives and tourist marketing dollars. It also calls for the elimination of Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida.

Currently, there is no Senate Companion Bill

The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce sent a letter earlier this week to all the members of the Appropriations Committee.

The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce opposes HB 7005

HB 651 Cigarette tax Collection Trust Fund sponsored by Senator Grant has been referred to the House Health Care Appropriations Committee as its first of three stops.

SB 662 Cigarette tax Collection Trust Fund sponsored by Senator Young is the Senate companion bill has been referred to the Senate Regulated Industries Committee as its first of three stops.

The bill will allow Moffitt Cancer Center to increase their share of the Cigarette tax by 8 million dollars annually.  The money will be used to construct a new Research Tower and provide some upgrades to the 30-year-old campus.

The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce supports HB 651 and SB 662.

This week marked the final committee week in Tallahassee.  The 2017 Legislative Session will begin on March 7.

As things are changing in Tallahassee, Washington D.C. and here in Hillsborough County, the Tampa Chamber is watching those issues that are important to the community and your business. Here is some of what we are watching:

  • Possible changes to the Affordable Health Care Act
  • Possible changes with the relations between the U.S. and Cuba
  • Appropriations request rule changes in Tallahassee
  • Medical Marijuana and what that means to Tampa Bay
  • Workers’ Comp. Rate
  • Premium Transit Study

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