Urge Your Lawmaker to VOTE NO on Anti-Economic Development and Tourism Marketing Bills

HB 7005: Final House Vote This Week

Later this week, every State Representative will have the opportunity to vote on HB 7005 (anti-economic development bill) and HB 9 (anti tourism marketing bill). We need you to contact your State Representative by clicking the “Take Action Now” button below, and urge them to VOTE NO on both of these bills.

HB 7005 would end economic diversification efforts in Florida, including eliminating the economic development toolkit, international programs, marketing and small business assistance.

HB 9, sponsored by Rep. Paul Renner (R-Palm Coast), restricts the operations of VISIT FLORIDA, reallocates funds originally intended for tourism marketing and reduces collaboration.

Despite overwhelming opposition and more than 40,000 emails sent to lawmakers by Florida Chamber members opposing the bill, the conversation of eliminating Enterprise Florida and significantly changing the operations of VISIT FLORIDA could pass the Florida House, unless you take action now.

Urge your lawmaker to VOTE NO on HB 7005 and HB 9 when they vote on these bills later this week. Then, share this with everyone you know that cares about job creation and our tourism industry.

Anti-Economic Development & Tourism Bills Advance Despite Vocal Opposition

A few moments ago, the Florida House Rules and Policy Committee voted by a 15-3 margin to advance HB 7005, a bill that would end economic diversification efforts in Florida, including eliminating the economic development toolkit, international programs, marketing and small business assistance.

The same committee also voted, by a 15-2 margin, to support HB 9, sponsored by Rep. Paul Renner (R-Palm Coast), which restricts the operations of VISIT Florida, reallocates funds originally intended for tourism marketing and reduces collaboration.

Despite overwhelming opposition from citizens in attendance and several thousand emails sent to lawmakers by Florida Chamber members opposing the bill, the conversation of eliminating Enterprise Florida and drastically reducing the funding of VISIT Florida will now move to the Florida House Floor.

The Florida Chamber believes the state must continue to fund initiatives that support diversifying the economy and attracting visitors and businesses to our state. HB 7005 and HB 9 has already generated national media attention and sends a signal that Florida’s state legislature is no longer an active partner in‎ job creation, diversifying our economy and supporting our important tourism sector.

Looking ahead, your efforts and comments will continue to be needed. So please, “stay tuned” for additional announcements on how you can help. We hope you will continue to join our fight to oppose any efforts to dismantle the state’s necessary and results-proven role in economic development and tourism marketing.

What’s Next?

As indicated below, both HB 7005 and HB 9 are going to the House Floor for their next vote.