Policy & Transportation Digest

Ridesharing bill passes Senate

The Florida Senate voted this week to pass a bill that will allow a statewide regulation for ridesharing in Florida.

Florida State Senator Artiles resigns

After a long week of controversy over a conversation with another senator, Senator Frank Artiles resigns effective immediately from the Florida Senate.

This week in Tallahassee:

Ridesharing

HB 221/SB 340 PASSSED THE SENATE AND HOUSE GOVERNOR HAS 7 days upon receipt to sign.

A Statewide regulation for ridesharing is a top priority for the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce.

Workers Compensation

Senate: SB 1582 sponsored by Senator Rob Bradley is waiting to be heard on the floor of the Senate.

House: HB 7085 sponsored by Representative Danny Burgess passed House (82-37) this week and is heading to the Senate.

The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce supports changes to the Worker’s Compensation system and is monitoring the Senate and House bills.

Personal Injury Protection Insurance (PIP)

Senate: SB 1766 Sponsored by Senator Tom Lee – two more stops in Senate before Floor vote.

House: HB 1063 Sponsored by Representative Erin Grall passed the full House this week by a vote of 89-29 and is heading to the Senate.

The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce supports mandatory personal injury protection for auto insurance and is monitoring the Senate and House bills.

Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority

Senate: SB 1672 sponsored by Senator Jack Latvala will be heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday, April 25th.

House: HB 1243 sponsored by Representative Dan Raulerson is waiting to be heard on the floor of the Florida House.

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

Upcoming Events

Register for the Legislative Wrap Up on May 19th.   Learn more about what the Hillsborough delegation has to say about the 2017 Legislative Session.

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
  • Regional MPO

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Tampa Chamber statement on the passage of ridesharing legislation

Today, the Florida Senate passed legislation that will allow for statewide regulation of ridesharing.  The same bill passed the Florida House earlier this legislative session.  Statewide regulation has been a top priority for the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce for the past several years and the Chamber applauds the Senate and House for passing the legislation.

“The Tampa Chamber thanks the Florida Legislature for recognizing the importance of statewide regulation of ridesharing in Florida.  Our state must have a uniform standard for both our residents and visitors to travel from one location to another.  Now we have that standard and look forward to Governor Rick Scott signing this great bill into law,” said Mike Griffin, Chair of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. 

The bill also requires ridesharing companies like Uber to carry $100,000 of insurance for bodily injury or death and $25,000 for property damage while a driver is logged into their app without a secured passenger.  If there is a passenger in the car, the driver will be required to have $1 million in coverage.  The legislation also requires that companies contract with third parties to perform criminal background checks on drivers.

The Chamber thanks Representative Chris Sprowls, Representative Jamie Grant and Senator Jeff Brandes for their leadership in sponsoring the bills in the House and Senate.

Policy & Transportation Digest

Mayor Buckhorn delivers a different State of the City Address

This week, Mayor Bob Buckhorn gave his annual State of the City address.  Focusing on a different perspective of Tampa, the Mayor talked about unity within the community.

Want to hear more from the Mayor?  Register today for Face the Chamber: Mayor’s Luncheon on April 20.

Ridesharing Bill passes the Florida House

The House passed HB 221 sponsored by Representative Chris Sprowls and Representative Jamie Grant. The bill will provide a statewide regulation for ridesharing.  The Senate version SB 340 sponsored by Senator Jeff Brandes passed its final committee stop and will be heard on the floor of the Senate soon.

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

Workers’ Comp Bill amended

HB 7085 sponsored by Representative Danny Burgess was amended to reduce the hourly rate of attorney’s fees.  The bill will, among other things, increase the timeframe of eligibility to 260 weeks.


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

View the current bill statistics for the 2017 Legislative Session.


2017 Legislative Wrap-Up Luncheon on May 19 

Register today for the Chamber’s annual Legislative Wrap Up sponsored by TECO.  Hear what members of the Hillsborough County Legislative Delegation have to say about the 2017 legislative session.

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

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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Policy & Transportation Digest

Fight for Tourism continues

Industry experts continue to talk about the need for tourism dollars in Florida.  A recent move by the Florida House will reduce Visit Florida and make it difficult for the agency to continue to promote the state’s tourism industry.

The Chamber supports the funding of Visit Florida

See what a Chamber member and small business owner is saying about how important Visit Florida is to her business.

Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority releases Economic Impact Report

THEA released a recent report that says the agency has generated $1.2 billion in local and state gross domestic product and a combined 13,200 jobs.

 

This week in Tallahassee:

Moffitt funding:

The Senate Regulated Industries Committee passed SB 662 sponsored by Senator Dana Young* unanimously.  The bill has two more committee stops in the Senate before being heard by the entire Senate.

As the legislative session progresses in Tallahassee, there are several important issues and bills that are currently not easily moving through the process, and this includes the House version of the bill, HB 651 sponsored by Representative Jamie Grant*.

As a Tampa Bay asset, Moffitt also serves as a health care provider, entrepreneurial leader and economic driver for the state.  With a $2.1 billion annual economic impact, Moffitt employs more than 5,200 professionals serving more than 53,000 patients with 361,000 outpatients visits annually.

Email your legislators today and tell them you think it is important for HB 651 and SB 662 to advance in both the House and the Senate.

*If your legislator is Senator Dana Young or Representative Jamie Grant, please note they are the bill sponsors.  When sending an email to either Senator Young or Representative Grant, you may want to thank them (you can alter the sample letter in the link) for their leadership in supporting the bill.

Click here and enter your name and home address (click “remember me” if you want to save your information for future calls to action) then hit submit to see a sample letter that you can send immediately.

The 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.

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

The Chamber supports SB 1672/HB 1243.

Currently, HB 1243 has passed Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee and has three more committee stops.

SB 1672 has passed the Transportation Committee and has two more committee stops.

Ridesharing regulations:

The Senate Insurance and Banking Committee passed an amended SB 340 last week.   The bill will allow for a statewide regulation for ridesharing services. The bill has two more committee stops 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 soon.

 

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
  • Regional MPO

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Policy & Transportation Digest

Florida House and Senate begin to talk about health care

Despite the ongoing debate in Washington, the Florida House and Senate are looking at a series of bills and ideas that they hope will offset some of the state Medicaid cost.

Governor continues fight for tourism dollars

This week Governor Rick Scott released a video that takes aim at the Florida House who voted to eliminate Enterprise Florida and drastically cut Visit Florida

 

This week in Tallahassee:

Economic Incentives:

Last week, the Florida House passed two bills that will 1.  Eliminate Enterprise Florida and all economic incentives that attract new businesses to Florida. 2.  Reduce the scope and power of Visit Florida.

The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce supports both Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida.  We believe there is still time for a thoughtful and productive discussion between the Florida House and Florida Senate that will allow for changes that create transparency without a complete elimination and/or the ability to function in a competitive environment.

The conversation between the House and Senate must begin today and continue until a reasonable solution is found.  Reach out to your Representative and Senator now and tell them that you want and expect them to find a solution that is fair and productive for a stronger Florida

Currently, there is no Senate companion bill.

The Chamber OPPOSED HB 7005.

The Florida House also approved HB 0009 which drastically weakens the capacity of Visit Florida, the state’s tourism marketing agency.

Currently, there is no Senate companion bill.

The Chamber OPPOSSED HB 0009

If you would like to encourage your State Representative and State Senator to continue the conversation regarding incentives and tourism, please click here to send them an email. 


Public Transportation Commission:

The House Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee unanimously passed HB 647, a local bill that will eliminate the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission.  The bill has one more committee stops before being heard on the floor of the Florida House.

The Chamber SUPPORTS HB 647


Ridesharing regulations:

The Senate Insurance and Banking Committee passed an amended SB 340 this week.   The bill will allow for a statewide regulation for ridesharing services. A strike all amendment was offered by the bill sponsor, Senator Jeff Brandes, which would allow the bill to allow seaports to impose pickup fees on rideshare drivers when picking up or dropping riders from ports, as long as they do not exceed what that particular port is charging taxicab companies to pay.  A second amendment offered by the bill sponsor would require ridesharing companies to contract with the Department of Financial Services (DFS) to review their insurance and background check process. The DFS will have the authority to impose civil penalties if the companies are noncompliant. The bill has two more committee stops before being heard by the full Senate.

The House companion bill HB 221 has passed all committee stops and will be heard on the floor of the  House soon.


Moffitt funding:

The Senate Regulated Industries Committee passed SB 662 unanimously.  The bill has two more committee stops in the Senate before being heard by the entire Senate.

The House version HB 651 has not been heard in a committee meeting yet.

The Chamber SUPPORTS SB 647/HB 651

 

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
  • Regional MPO

Policy & Transportation Digest

Elected Florida Secretary of State

Senator Aaron Bean  offered a joint resolution this week that would allow voters to decide if the office of Secretary of State should be an elected position again.

Florida House begins to work on budget cuts

Members of the Florida House began to look at budget cuts as part of the Chamber’s budget proposal.

This week in Tallahassee:

Economic Incentives:

This week, the Florida House passed HB 7005 which will among other things, eliminate Enterprise Florida. This will make it difficult for Florida to compete with other states when attracting new businesses to the state.

Currently, there is no Senate companion bill.

The Chamber OPPOSED HB 7005.

The Florida House also approved HB 0009 which drastically weakens the capacity of Visit Florida, the state’s tourism marketing agency.

Currently, there is no Senate companion bill.

The Chamber OPPOSSED HB 0009

If you would like to encourage your State Representative and State Senator to continue the conversation regarding incentives and tourism, please click hereto send them an email. 


Public Transportation Commission:

The House Local, Federal & Veterans Affairs Subcommittee unanimously passedHB 647, a local bill that will eliminate the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission.  The bill has two more committee stops before being heard on the floor of the Florida House.

The Chamber SUPPORTS HB 647


Moffitt funding:

The Senate Regulated Industries Committee passed SB 662 unanimously.  The bill has two more committee stops in the Senate before being heard by the entire Senate.

The House version HB 651 has not been heard in a committee meeting yet.

The Chamber SUPPORTS SB 647/HB 651

 

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
  • Regional MPO

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