Florida Chamber-Backed Education Bills Move Forward

The Florida Chamber of Commerce believes talent is quickly becoming Florida’s best economic development tool. The Florida Chamber supports creating a talent pool that can meet the needs of job creators and be ready to face the disruptive forces in our future job market. Below are the Florida Chamber-backed education bills that moved forward for the week of Feb. 6, 2017:

SB 2, Sen. Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton)

Promotes on-time student graduation while responsibly increasing student financial aid and tuition assistance.

What’s next for the bill?

SB 4, Sen. Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton)

Establishes a world-class faculty and scholar program, promotes the prominence of Florida’s graduate schools and links education to job opportunities by providing internship opportunities to students.

What’s next for the bill?

SB 104, Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg)

Furthers the ability of today’s learners to meet the changing needs of employers in the global job market by allowing students to take computer coding courses in order to satisfy the high school foreign language course requirements.

What’s next for the bill?

Learn more about where the Florida Chamber stands on education by visiting our Education Issue Page.

Florida Chamber Endorses 14 Pro-Business, Pro-Jobs Candidates for the Florida House and Senate

TALLAHASSEE, FL (July 6, 2016) – The Florida Chamber of Commerce today announces 14 candidate endorsements in competitive races for the Florida House and Senate, and congratulates candidates elected without opposition.

Today’s latest round of endorsements is part of a larger Florida Chamber effort to help elect pro-jobs, pro-business candidates that support private-sector job creation and economic growth. Additional endorsements are forthcoming.

“Now, more than ever, Florida needs leaders in the Florida Legislature that will ensure the long-term needs of Florida’s families and small businesses are placed before short-term political fixes and special interest agendas,” said Marian Johnson, Senior Vice President of Political Operations for the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

Candidates endorsed today include:

Florida Senate:

Florida House of Representatives:

Endorsed incumbent candidates were evaluated on numerous factors, including their historical grades on the Florida Chamber’s Legislative Report Card. Additionally, the Florida Chamber Political Institute (FCPI) has hosted candidate interview sessions across Florida – interviewing more than 100 non-incumbent candidates.

Floridians can learn more about each candidate, key election dates and polling locations by visiting www.FloridaWins.org.

The Florida Chamber also congratulates Florida Chamber-backed candidates that were recently elected without opposition:

Florida House of Representatives:

  • Representative Halsey Beshears (R-HD 7)
  • Representative Cyndi Stevenson (R-HD 17)
  • Representative Clovis Watson (D-HD 20)
  • Representative Larry Metz (R-HD 32)
  • Representative Richard Corcoran (R-HD 37)
  • Representative Danny Burgess (R-HD 38)
  • Representative Cary Pigman (R-HD 55)
  • Representative Jake Raburn (R-HD 57)
  • Representative James Grant (R-HD 64)
  • Representative Dane Eagle (R-HD 77)
  • Representative Larry Lee, Jr. (D-HD 84)
  • Representative Bill Hager (R-HD 89)
  • Representative Jim Boyd (R-HD 71)
  • Senator Joseph Abruzzo (D-HD 81)
  • Representative Bobby DuBose (D-HD 94)

Florida Senate:

  • Senator Aaron Bean (R-SD 4)
  • Senator David Simmons (R-SD 9)
  • Senator Wilton Simpson (R-SD10)
  • Senator Tom Lee (R-SD 20)
  • Senator Bill Galvano (R-SD 21)
  • Senator Denise Grimsley (R-SD 26)