BREAKING- Florida House Approves Anti-Economic Development Bill

A few moments ago the Florida House voted by a 87-28 margin to approve HB 7005, a controversial bill that eliminates economic development initiatives and sends the signal that Florida is closed for business.

Click here to find out if your lawmaker supported this legislation that makes Florida less competitive.

Despite overwhelming opposition and more than 40,000 messages from Florida Chamber members opposing the bill, the Florida House voted to eliminate:

  • Enterprise Florida,
  • Florida’s Small Business Development Center,
  • The Office of Film and Entertainment, and
  • Dozens of economic development programs designed to encourage new jobs and a strong economy.

HB 7005 now travels to the Florida Senate. The Florida Senate does not appear to share the Florida House’s appetite to kill Florida’s economic development programs. However, upcoming budget conversations will be very important to the future of economic development initiatives in Florida.

Be on the lookout for future messages encouraging you to communicate with Representatives that voted to kill economic development efforts in the state of Florida.

Controversial Economic Development and Tourism Vote Today!

 

Last Chance to Urge Your Lawmaker to VOTE “NO”

Florida House Set to Vote on Controversial  Economic Development and Tourism Marketing Bills TODAY

Today, Friday, March 10, 2017, beginning at 10:30 a.m., your State Representative will vote on HB 7005 (anti-economic development bill) and HB 9 (anti tourism marketing bill). This is your last chance to urge your lawmaker 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 morning. Then, share this email with everyone you know that cares about job creation and our tourism industry.

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.

We Need You in Tallahassee Monday

 

This is Your Last Chance to Take Action Before the Bills Head to the Full House for a Vote.

On Monday, March 6, 2017, at 3 p.m., the House Rules & Policy Committee will take up HB 7005, which eliminates economic development initiatives, such as Enterprise Florida and the Small Business Development Center, and cuts two dozen economic development programs. Additionally, a separate piece of legislation, HB 9, will be heard that makes sweeping policy changes to VISIT Florida. It is expected that VISIT Florida language will be removed from HB 7005 and will instead be addressed in HB 9.The Florida Chamber opposes these bills.

Here’s How You Can Help:

We need you to attend Monday’s House Rules & Policy Committee meeting to tell lawmakers why you support tourism marketing and economic development initiatives and the impact they have had on you, your business and your community.

Meet With Your Representative This Week to Support Economic Development and Tourism Marketing

On Monday, March 6, the House Rules & Policy Committee will take up HB 7005, which eliminates economic development initiatives, such as Enterprise Florida, and cuts two dozen economic development programs. Additionally, a separate piece of legislation, HB 9, has been filed to address policy changes to VISIT FLORIDA, and is also up Monday. It is expected that VISIT FLORIDAlanguage will be removed from HB 7005. Soon after, the full House of Representatives will have a chance to vote on these bills on the floor.

Your State Representative is home from Tallahassee this week and needs to hear from you. Please schedule a meeting with your lawmaker and tell them how both Enterprise Florida and VISIT FLORIDA are important to your company, your job and your local community. It is important that these programs remain in existence and are fully funded.

Click hear to find your State Representative, then call to schedule an appointment to share your support of economic development initiatives, tourism marketing, the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and more. If you are unable to meet with your legislator, please leave them a message to express your support.