Florida Chamber Announces Representative Chris Sprowls Named a 2017 Distinguished Advocate

 

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The Florida Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that Representative Chris Sprowls is one of the Florida Chamber’s 2017 Distinguished Advocates for his commitment to championing pro-jobs, pro-business legislation.

The Florida Chamber’s Distinguished Advocate award recognizes lawmakers who fought tirelessly for the passage of pro-business legislation – no matter how difficult – and furthered the Florida Chamber’s goals of securing Florida’s future through job creation and economic development.

To view Representative Sprowls’ complete grading and district information, click here.

 

“Representative Chris Sprowls championed Florida Chamber-backed legislation providing a consistent regulatory framework for innovative ridesharing technologies demanded by Floridians and visitors,” said DAVID HART, Executive Vice President of the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

 

“I was happy to work with Senator Brandes to pass a ridesharing framework that will open up the transportation marketplace and spur innovation. This dynamic platform both creates jobs and provides a safe and easy transportation option for anyone who wants one. The math is simple. More jobs plus more people traveling around our state equals a stronger economy. I appreciate the Chamber’s work and advocacy on this issue and am thankful to receive this award,” REPRESENTATIVE SPROWLS said.

 

Governor Scott Signs Florida Chamber-Backed Ridesharing Bill Into Law

Florida Governor Rick Scott today removed a major road block to ridesharing technologies by signing into law a Florida Chamber of Commerce-backed bill that embraces innovation, strengthens job growth and provides ridesharing opportunities for Floridians and the 112+ million annual visitors to Florida.

Sponsored by Senator Jeff Brandes (R- St. Petersburg) and Representative Chris Sprowls (R-Clearwater), HB 221 creates consistent and responsible statewide regulations for transportation network companies. By setting reasonable insurance standards, the newly signed law not only helps ensure safety for riders and the public in general, it encourages innovation in the growing ridesharing sector – and the jobs and economic activity they bring with them – to move to Florida.

Why It Matters

Florida Chamber Foundation research shows that by 2030, Florida’s population will grow to approximately 26 million, an addition of six million new residents. Long-term forecasts predict Florida will have more than 160 million annual visitors by 2025. Consistent regulations like those provided by the passage of this bill are an important step toward ensuring Florida’s transportation infrastructure can accommodate population growth and help the state remain economically competitive well into the future.

 

“The Florida Chamber thanks the Florida Legislature and Governor Rick Scott for sending a strong signal to innovative companies that they are welcome in Florida,” said DAVID HART, Executive Vice President for the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “Innovation leads to economic development and competition, and statewide access to ridesharing increases transportation options in our communities and transforms the way they move and do business.”

Lawmakers Pass Florida Chamber-Backed Ridesharing Legislation

Florida lawmakers today removed a major road block to ridesharing technologies by passing Florida Chamber of Commerce-backed legislation that embraces innovation, strengthens job growth and provides ridesharing opportunities for Floridians and the 112+ million annual visitors to Florida.

“Today’s passage of meaningful ridesharing legislation is a victory for the business community and a strong signal to innovative companies that they are welcome in Florida,” said DAVID HART, Executive Vice President for the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “The Florida Chamber of Commerce knows first-hand that innovation leads to economic development and competition. Statewide access to ridesharing increases transportation options in our communities and transforms the way they move and do business.”

 

Sponsored by Senator Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) and Representative Chris Sprowls (R-Clearwater), HB 221 establishes consistent and responsible statewide regulations for transportation network companies. By setting reasonable insurance standards, the bill not only helps ensure safety for riders and the public in general, it encourages innovation in the growing ridesharing sector – and the jobs and economic activity they bring with them – to move to Florida.

Florida Chamber Foundation research shows that by 2030, Florida’s population will grow to approximately 26 million, an addition of six million new residents. Long-term forecasts predict Florida will have more than 160 million annual visitors by 2025. Consistent regulations like those provided by the passage of this bill are an important step toward ensuring Florida’s transportation infrastructure can accommodate population growth and help the state remain economically competitive well into the future.

“The Florida Chamber congratulates lawmakers, as well as our Transportation Network Company partners Uber and Lyft for helping to make Florida more competitive,” HART said.

What’s Next?

HB 221 now travels to Governor Rick Scott’s desk.

Lawmakers Lift Major Road Block And Pass Florida Chamber-Backed Ridesharing Legislation

TALLAHASSEE (April 19, 2017) – Florida lawmakers today removed a major road block to ridesharing technologies by passing Florida Chamber of Commerce-backed legislation that embraces innovation, strengthens job growth and provides ridesharing opportunities for Floridians and the 112+ million annual visitors to Florida.

 

“Today’s passage of meaningful ridesharing legislation is a victory for the business community and a strong signal to innovative companies that they are welcome in Florida,” said DAVID HART, Executive Vice President for the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “The Florida Chamber of Commerce knows first-hand that innovation leads to economic development and competition. Statewide access to ridesharing increases transportation options in our communities and transforms the way they move and do business.”

 

Sponsored by Senator Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) and Representative Chris Sprowls (R-Clearwater), HB 221 establishes consistent and responsible statewide regulations for transportation network companies. By setting reasonable insurance standards, the bill not only helps ensure safety for riders and the public in general, it encourages innovation in the growing ridesharing sector – and the jobs and economic activity they bring with them – to move to Florida.

Florida Chamber Foundation research shows that by 2030, Florida’s population will grow to approximately 26 million, an addition of six million new residents, and long-term forecasts predict Florida will have more than 160 million annual visitors by 2025. Consistent regulations like those provided by the passage of this bill are an important step toward ensuring Florida’s transportation infrastructure can accommodate population growth and help the state remain economically competitive well into the future.

 

“The Florida Chamber congratulates lawmakers, as well as our Transportation Network Company partners Uber and Lyft for helping to make Florida more competitive,” HART said.

 

HB 221 now travels to Governor Rick Scott’s desk.

 

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Ridesharing Bill Passes the Florida House 115-0

Florida’s future depends on embracing new types of industries that use cutting edge, and sometimes disruptive, technologies to provide new services demanded by customers across the state. One such example is the rise of ridesharing companies like Lyft and Uber, which provide tens of millions of trips to communities across Florida. Some local governments have limited the adoption of ridesharing services by passing a patchwork of unneeded regulations. Today, the Florida House passed the Florida Chamber-backed HB 221 by an overwhelming majority. Sponsored by Representative Chris Sprowls, this bill will provide a safe, consistent, and responsible statewide regulatory framework.

HB 221 will now be sent to the Senate, which has successfully moved the companion bill, SB 340, through two committee stops. The Senate measure is sponsored by Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) and is co-sponsored by: Sen. Frank Artiles (R-Miami), Sen. Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton), Sen. Wilton Simpson (R-Spring Hill), and Sen. Dana Young (R-Tampa).

 

Join the Floridians for Ridesharing Coalition

Ridesharing is quickly becoming an important part of Florida’s economy and our state infrastructure system, so getting it right the first time is crucial for Florida’s future. If you’re interested in joining the Florida Chamber and other business and safety organizations in the Floridians for Ridesharing Coalition.

Learn more about where the Florida Chamber stands on ridesharing and other transportation issues, click here or contact Chris Emmanuel to join our fight for Florida’s future.

Florida Chamber-Backed Ridesharing Bill Passes Subcommittee

Today the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee passed a Florida Chamber-backed bill that would allow ridesharing companies like Lyft and Uber to continuing growing in Florida.

HB 221, sponsored by Representatives Chris Sprowls (R-Clearwater) and James Grant (R-Tampa), passed 14-1. The bill would establish a consistent and responsible statewide regulatory framework for these innovative technology companies, allowing them to meet increasing consumer demand while ensuring public safety and helping diversify Florida’s economy.

The Florida Chamber will continue to monitor the progress of HB 221. Click here to learn more about the Florida Chamber’s 2017 Competitiveness Agenda and how we’re working to secure Florida’s position as the nation’s top business climate.

What’s Next For The Bill?

Capitol Update: Ridesharing

As the Florida Legislature gathered for its first week of committee meetings for the New Year, the Florida Chamber was honored to stand with Senator Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) and Representative Chris Sprowls (R-Clearwater) in support of growing our innovation economy and furthering Florida’s competitiveness. Senator Brandes and Representative Sprowls are sponsoring legislation (SB 340 and HB 221) which provides a statewide regulatory framework that will allow Transportation Network Companies, like Lyft and Uber, to grow and meet rising consumer demand while protecting public safety.

The Florida Chambers stands with our members, Lyft and Uber, at a press conference earlier this week urging lawmakers to do what 37 other states have already done – pass a statewide ridesharing law.
The Florida Chamber will continue to provide you with regular updates on this and other important regulatory issues.

Learn More

This week, the Florida Chamber released its 2017 Competitiveness Agenda, which outlines our specific policy positions on innovation, transportation and more. Click here to learn more.