Policy & Transportation Digest

Bill eliminating the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission passes

During the last week of session, the Florida Senate passed a local bill that will eliminate the PTC, the only like agency in the State of Florida.  The bill will be sent to Governor Scott for signature.

Appropriations bill completed

Late Thursday evening the Senate and House agreed on the details of the $83 billion dollar budget.  Both chambers will vote on Monday after the constitutionally required 72 hour “cooling off” period.

Will Governor Scott veto the budget?

Governor Scott dropped hints this week that he may consider vetoing the entire state budget once it reaches his desk.


This week in Tallahassee:

In addition to the beginning of budget negotiations, there were a few bills moving through the process that the Chamber supported.

Public Transportation Commission bill PASSED

The Florida Senate passed HB 647 sponsored by Representatives Jamie Grant and Jackie Toledo. The bill allows for the elimination of the Hillsborough Public Transportation Commission

The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce Supports HB 647

Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority PASSED

SB 1672 sponsored by Senator Jack Latvala unanimously passed the House.

The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce supports SB 1672/HB 1243.


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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:

  • Federal budget
  • Proposed Federal Tax Plan
  • 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
  • Regional MPO


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