A few moments ago the Florida House voted by a 80-35 margin to approve HB 9, sponsored by Rep. Paul Renner (R-Palm Coast). This controversial anti-tourism bill severely restricts the ability of VISIT Florida to market Florida as a tourism destination and threatens the future growth of Florida’s tourism industry.
Despite overwhelming opposition and more than 40,000 messages from Florida Chamber members opposing the bill, the Florida House voted to support:
- Restricting the operations of VISIT Florida,
- Reallocating funds originally intended for tourism marketing, and
- Reducing collaboration with business, local government, and nonprofit partners by restricting the use of monies toward required matching dollars, such as in-kind contributions and tourism development tax dollars.
HB 9 now travels to the Florida Senate.
Be on the lookout for future messages encouraging you to communicate with Representatives that voted to support this harmful legislation.