The Florida Legislature gathered for its first week of committee meetings and numerous important issues were discussed. Below you will find updates from the Florida Chamber of Commerce. The Florida Chamber is a state-wide advocacy organization of which the Winter Haven Chamber is a member. We don't always agree on everything as we have to look at things through the Winter Haven lens, but we do rely on them for information throughout the session.
Below are their notes on several hot topics this week.
Ensuring Florida remains the best place to live, work, and play has been a top priority for the Florida Chamber for the last 100 years. This means a strong focus on policies that seek to drive down the cost of care shifted onto businesses as well as support for innovations that will result in greater access and quality outcomes for Floridians.
Below is a summary of healthcare conversations the Florida Chamber monitored this week. To learn more about any of these issues, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Florida Chamber continues to advocate for Florida’s water future by supporting science-based infrastructure investments and initiatives that allow Florida to grow while protecting our precious natural resources. We will continue to fight against unneeded, government-mandated regulations that place undue burdens on Florida’s businesses.
Below is a summary of water conversations the Florida Chamber monitored this week. To learn more about any of these, please contact me at email@example.com.
Seminole Compact and Gaming
The Florida Legislature gathered for its first week of committee meetings in the New Year this week. Two gaming-related conversations were set to occur, but the Senate Regulated industries Committee cancelled their Wednesday, January 11, 2017, meeting, leaving only House Tourism and Gaming Control Subcommittee’s panel discussion on the Seminole Compact.
The panel discussion featured:
For over twenty years, the Florida Chamber has been opposed to the expansion of gambling in Florida, especially Las Vegas style casinos, as we believe they are contrary to our family friendly brand and not the type of economic development we need.
Additionally, the Florida Chamber supports a renewed state compact with the Seminole Tribe because that is the best way to limit the expansion of gambling in Florida and contain it to tribal lands.
Included in the House Tourism and Gaming Control Subcommittee’s meeting packet was a list of “anticipated major policy issues,” which included:
Additionally, Senator Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton) briefed Florida Chamber Board members in town for the Leadership Fly-In on his perspectives regarding a number of issues, including potential gaming legislation, that could come before the Legislature this session. Late yesterday afternoon, Senator Galvano filed gaming legislation in the Senate, details of which can be found here.
One of the most common concerns we hear from businesses of all sizes is the need for a qualified workforce and highly-trained talent pool. The Florida Chamber believes a talented workforce is Florida’s best long-term economic development strategy. From early learning to lifelong learning, Florida wins when we match business needs with talent.
Below is a summary of education presentations from the first Committee Week of 2017 that the Florida Chamber monitored this week. To learn more about any of these issues, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WH Chamber note: As you may have read in the News Chief there is discussion of bringing back the debate on state colleges (like Polk State) being able to offer Baccalaureate degrees. This Chamber supports State Colleges being able to offer such degrees and will continue to advocate for that this session. Polk State has been able to quickly react to the needs of our community's workforce and businesses.