Policy & Transportation Digest

President releases infrastructure plan and budget proposal

This week, President Trump released his $ 1 trillion infrastructure plan as well as his proposed budget.  Along with the plan, a “statement of principles”  with the promise of more to come from the administration.

Administration looks at incentives to privatize public assets

The President’s administration is looking into the possibility of providing incentives to  privatizing some  public assets to help the infrastructure plan.

Tourism dollars still may not be secure

The $25 million dollars the Florida Legislature placed in the budget still faces an uncertain future once the bill appropriating the funds is received by Governor Rick Scott

 

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:

  • Boarder Adjustment Tax issue
  • Governor’s possible vetoes
  • 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
  • Medical Marijuana and what that means to Tampa Bay
  • Workers’ Comp. Rate
  • Premium Transit Study
  • Regional MPO

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Policy & Transportation Digest

Possible impact of Homestead Exemption ballot measure on city budget
The City of Tampa’s CFO, Sonya Little told City Council this week that the impact to the city budget could be close to $6 million dollars.

Many Floridians still awaiting changes to Cuban policy
Throughout the state, many advocates on both sides of the debate are anxiously awaiting President Trump’s decision on Cuban policy.

Florida Supreme Court rules against slot machines
This week, the Court ruled in favor of the state who had denied slot machine licenses.  The ruling will affect several counties where voters have approved the use.
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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Policy & Transportation Digest

Florida Legislature passes budget now up to Governor Scott

As you probably have already heard, the Florida Legislature passed their $83 billion dollar budget on Monday night.  The next step is the governor’s 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 is watching and/or supporting.

Governor Rick Scott undecided about budget

The Governor has yet to indicate if he will accept or veto the budget.

Statement from Governor Scott Regarding the budget

Want to know how many bills passed this session?  Click here for bill statistics.

To learn more about the legislative session and the outcome of the Chamber’s priorities, register today 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:

  • 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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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.

 

Upcoming Events

Want to hear more about what happened during the 2017 Legislative Session? Register for the Legislative Wrap Up on May 19th.   Learn more about what your elected officials have to say about 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:

  • 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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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