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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Member News 4/27/17 – 5/4/17

Member Events

Member Job Openings

If you would like to submit news, events, job postings, new hires/promotions, or accolades  for the Member News section of eView, please go to  http://www.tampachamber.com/Your-Chamber/Newsroom/MemberNews.aspx.

Policy & Transportation Digest

Florida Senate and House agree on budget number

Earlier this week, the Speaker of the House and the Senate President agreed on a $ 83 billion dollar budget.  Now it is up to the members through the conference committee process to iron out the details.

Joint House and Senate Conference Committee begin work

Thursday evening, the legislature’s  joint conference committees began to negotiate the details of the budget, and they are expected to work over the weekend.  The Legislature has until Tuesday to finalize a budget to finish session by the May 5 Sine Die date.  Once the budget it completed, there is a constitutionally required 72 hour “cooling off” period before the legislature can vote.

Governor Scott still pushing for funding for Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida

As the legislature begins budget negations, Governor Rick Scott continues to emphasize the importance of Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida for creating jobs in the state.

 

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.

Public Transportation Commission bill

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

The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce Supports HB 647

 

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:

  • 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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Chamber Celebrates Leadership Tampa Graduates

Leadership Tampa, a program of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, celebrated the graduation of 50 members of the class of 2017 on April 26th, 2017 at Embassy Suites in Tampa, FL.  The 2017 class marks the 46th class to graduate from the nationally recognized leadership program established in 1971.

Members of Leadership Tampa are local business people who hold to mid-to upper-level management positions within their companies or organizations.  They represent a wide variety of industries across Tampa and Hillsborough County, and are accepted into the program following a selective application process.

The 2017 Leadership Tampa class was led by Class Chair Susan Maurer of Atlantic Coast Bank, a 2014 Leadership Tampa graduate; and Vice Chair Josh Bullock of the Tampa Bay Rays, a 2012 Leadership Tampa graduate.

LT'17 Graduation

Leadership Tampa Class of 2017 graduating class members:

Daniel Abou-Jaoude, Skanska USA Building, Inc.
Charlesetta Amos-Coles, Amica Mutual Insurance Company
John Astrab, PNC Bank
Lee Bercaw, City of Tampa Police Department
Josh Bomstein, Creative Contractors, Inc.
Kristy Chase-Tozer, Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo
Brenden Chiaramonte, Hillsborough County Tax Collector
Andrea Cichon, Tampa General Hospital
Karen Cowan, USAA
Casey Coy, The Florida Aquarium
Chris Farkas, Hillsborough County Public Schools
Michael Ferrone, Cigna
Jose Fourquet, Merrill Lynch
Meredith Freeman, Shutts and Bowen, LLP
Ryan Garlow, 6th Air Mobility Wing, MacDill AFB
Bibiana Gomez, Regions Bank
Matthew Gomez, Gerdau
Todd Gregory, GTE Financial
Jason Grinstead, Tonic Consulting Group
Nicole Hawker, Vistra Communications
David Hendrix, GrayRobinson, P.A.
Miray Holmes, City of Tampa
Jamie Johnson, Busch Gardens, Tampa Bay
Derek Kantaskas, Carlton Fields Jorden Burt PA
Man Le, Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority
Nicole Leontsinis, Sypris Electronics, LLC
Connor Lewis, Ryan Companies US, Inc.
Dennis Manelli, Hendry Marine Industries, Inc.
Maggie McCleland, Academy Prep Center of Tampa
Edward Norstrem, Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation
Penny Parks, Links Financial, LLC
Travis Pelleymounter, Tampa Bay Lightning
Maria Porto-Duarte, AMIKids
Christopher Rogers, Sykes Enterprises, Incorporated
Julia Ruddock, The University of Tampa
Dean Rustin, Bisk Education, Inc.
Meredith Seeley, 927th Air Refueling Wing, MacDill AFB
Maribel Serocki, U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill AFB
Ethen R. Shapiro, Hill Ward Henderson, PA
Erica M. Shea, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
John Thompson, Wilder Architecture, Inc.
Shelley Thornton, Mosaic
Maria Vaca, Cristo Rey Tampa High School
Scott Walden, VetCor, LLC
Toi Walker, BayCare Health System
Kelly Warhola, AACSB International
Calvin Williams, University of South Florida
Ray A. Wong, Gresham, Smith and Partners
Randall Woods, Florida Blue
Glenn Zimmerman, Mad Bear Productions

Applications for the 2018 Leadership Tampa class are available online at www.leadershiptampa.com. The deadline for application submission is May 5, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.  For more information on Leadership Tampa, please contact MaryBeth Williams at (813) 276-9445 or at mwilliams@tampachamber.com.

 

Member News 4/20/17 – 4/27/17

Member News

Member Events

Member Job Openings

Member Accolades

  • Kast Construction Tampa Office Business Development Director Ashlee Figg Appointed to the Board of Tampa Children’s Cancer Center

If you would like to submit news, events, job postings, new hires/promotions, or accolades  for the Member News section of eView, please go to  http://www.tampachamber.com/Your-Chamber/Newsroom/MemberNews.aspx.

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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Leadership Tampa Alumni Establishes Thom Stork Memorial Hospitality Scholarship

Today, Leadership Tampa Alumni announced the establishment of the Thom Stork Memorial Hospitality Scholarship.  Stork was President and CEO of the Florida Aquarium until his passing earlier this year.  Prior to his work at the Aquarium, he served in many leadership roles with Busch Gardens and Sea World.  For many years, he served as the Chair of Tourism Day for Leadership Tampa and was an advocate for the participation of tourism leaders in the program.  The scholarship will be open to applicants who work in the tourism industry and have a demonstrated history of volunteerism. 

Members of Leadership Tampa are business/professional people who hold leadership positions within their companies or organizations. Additionally, they have demonstrated a concern for community issues and volunteered their time with service and professional organizations. The selection process is rigorous and competitive for each of the 50 seats available in each class.  

The Leadership Tampa year begins in September and runs through May with members meeting every other week for briefings, seminars and hands-on experiences. Each Leadership Tampa program brings in top-level business, civic and government leaders for panel discussions and question and answer sessions. Topics covered include healthcare, education, law enforcement, the environment, economic development, government and other important community issues.  Applications are currently being accepted for the Class of 2018, the deadline is May 5.

For the specific criteria of the Thom Stork Memorial Hospitality Scholarship or more information about Leadership Tampa, please contact MaryBeth Williams at (813) 276-9445 or at mwilliams@tampachamber.com.