Legislative Issues

Legislative candidates who won their seats in the House and Senate were sworn into office at the Capitol on November 17th. Members also voted to accept the revised rules for the 2020-22 term during the Organizational Session. Senate President Wilton Simpson (R-Spring Hill) announced the committee structure, leadership and membership for 2020-22. Here is a link to Read more about Legislative Issues[…]

Legislative Issues

The Legislature concluded its 2020 Session on March 19th. Since that time, only 16 bills have been sent to, and signed by, the Governor. The presiding officers have 191 additional bills to send to the Governor for his consideration prior to July 1st. That includes the budget with $400 million of member projects that will Read more about Legislative Issues[…]

Legislative Issues

Florida’s legislators returned to the Capitol City during the week of September 16th for interim committee meetings.  Legislators will be in Tallahassee during the weeks of October 14th and 21st; November 4th and 11th; and December 9th. The Legislature will convene its regular session on January 14, 2020 and is scheduled to complete its work Read more about Legislative Issues[…]

Legislative Issues

STRAW BAN PROHIBITION Senate Bill 588 and House Bill 603 are both moving in their respective chambers. The bills would ban local governments from enacting ordinances which would prohibit the use of single-use plastic straws in food establishments. Such action would be preempted to the state. The Senate bill has been modified to where it Read more about Legislative Issues[…]

Legislative

Bills Signed by the Governor Governor Ron DeSantis signed his first bill as Florida’s 46th governor on March 18th. Senate Bill 182 by Senator Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) and Representative Ray Rodrigues (R-Fort Myers) eliminated the ban on smokable medical marijuana, among other items. The Governor threatened to drop Florida’s appeal of a court decision Read more about Legislative[…]