Policy & Transportation Digest

Florida House and Senate far apart on budgets

This week the Florida House and the Florida Senate released their budgets and will begin to vote on them next week.  So far, the budgets remain $2 billion dollars apart.  The House budget currently is $81,237,031,627 while the Senate budget today is $83,164,036,042.

Workers’ Comp bill to be heard in the Senate

On Monday, the Florida Senate will hear SB 1582 by Senator Rob Bradley, which could bring changes to the workers’ comp system in Florida.  A House version, HB 7085 by Representative Danny Burgess, was scheduled to be heard earlier this week but was removed from the agenda.

This week in Tallahassee:

Ridesharing regulations

The Senate Judiciary passed SB 340 this week.  The bill will allow for a statewide regulation for ridesharing services.  The bill has one more committee stop before being heard by the full Senate.

The House companion bill HB 221 has passed all committee stops and is expected to be heard on the floor of the House next week.

Chamber SUPPORTS SB 647/HB 651 as one of the top priorities.

 Regional Transit Authority

HB 1243, sponsored by Representative Dan Raulerson and SB 1672, sponsored by Senator Jack Latvala, relating to Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority, changes the size and scope of the Tampa Bay Regional Transportation Authority including a future plan for the agency to create a plan to implement and operate a multimodal transit options throughout the region.

SB 1672 passed the Senate Transportation Committee and is now waiting to be placed on the agenda for the Senate Community Affairs Committee.

HB 1243 passed the House Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee and is now waiting to be placed on the House Government Accountability Committee.

The Chamber’s Transportation Council discussed the legislation and determined that the bill does meet the board approved Transportation Guiding Principles.

The Chamber SUPPORTS HB 1243/SB 1672

View entire Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 State Legislative Agenda and  recent calls to action.

 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:

  • Repeal of 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
  • Streetcar Expansion
  • Regional MPO


Upcoming Event:

2017 Face the Chamber: Mayor’s Luncheon
Thursday, April 20, 2017 11:45 AM – 1:15 PM
Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina
700 S. Florida Avenue
Tampa, FL 33602

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