2017 Florida Legislative Session: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

By: Edie Ousley

 

TALLAHASSEE, FL (May 5, 2017) – Despite missed opportunities, lawmakers took steps during the 2017 Legislative Session to help make Florida more competitive, the Florida Chamber of Commerce said today.

 

“Thanks to the thousands of businesses that stood with the Florida Chamber to help make Florida more competitive during the 2017 Florida Legislative Session. While lawmakers did pass important legislation, we look forward to future opportunities to lower costs on families and businesses, and to putting Florida’s 244,800 unemployed Floridians back to work,” said MARK WILSON, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

 

While the Florida Chamber believes the 2017 Legislative Session could have been worse, it should have been much better. See below for a look at The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.

While lawmakers are expected to close out policy issues today, and have announced plans to pass the new state budget on Monday, May 8, click here for a look at The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of the 2017 Legislative Session.

Additionally, the Florida Chamber’s 2017 Legislative Summary provides a more comprehensive outline of what passed as well as unfinished business.

 

Just the Facts

  • 3,131 – Bills filed this session.
  • 217 — Bills that have passed thus far.
  • $83 Billion – The 2017-2018 state budget.
  • 125+ — Florida Chamber testimony/weighing in support/opposition on legislation.
  • 4,784 – Total scored votes taken thus far this session.
  • 31 – Local chambers of commerce traveled to Tallahassee help advance the Florida Business Agenda.

 

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