Florida Chamber Bottom Line: “Yes on 3”: Florida Has Come Too Far to Gamble

 

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Amendment 3 Puts Voters in Charge

 

Representative Mike La Rosa, Florida House Chair of the Gaming Control Committee, explains the uniqueness of Florida’s economy, and how a vote against Amendment 3 will threaten Florida’s family friendly brand.

“Our economy is very unique here in Florida, and adding an element of gaming should honestly have the voice of the entire state,” said La Rosa.

 

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The Florida Chamber supports “Yes on 3,” and putting voters in charge of important decisions like gambling expansion. Learn more by clicking here.

Florida Chamber Announces Representative Mike La Rosa Named a 2018 Distinguished Advocate

 

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The Florida Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that Representative Mike La Rosa has been named a Florida Chamber 2018 Distinguished Advocate for his commitment to championing pro-jobs, pro-business legislation.

“The Florida Chamber thanks Representative Mike La Rosa for taking a stand to protect Florida’s family friendly brand” said David Hart, Executive Vice President of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “Representative La Rosa took charge in leading Florida House efforts to stop the expansion of Las Vegas-style casino gambling, and championed legislation on private-property rights for vacation rentals,”

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.

“Each legislative session l look to find ways to help Florida’s business environment and propel the state forward as the top place to start, expand or move a business. I’m honored to be recognized by the Florida Chamber as they are the voice of business and industries in our great State,” Representative La Rosa said.

To view Representative La Rosa’s complete grading and district information, click here.

 

House Subcomittee Passes Bill Limiting Gambling Expansion in Florida

The House Tourism & Gaming Control Subcommittee bill, TGC1, sponsored by Representative Mike La Rosa, ensures the Gaming Compact between the Seminole Tribe of Florida and the State of Florida is renewed. This compact would limit the expansion of gambling in Florida by containing it to tribal lands.

For over 20 years, the Florida Chamber of Commerce has opposed the expansion of gambling in Florida, as we believe it is contrary to our family- friendly brand. “Las Vegas-style” casinos are not the type of economic development Florida needs. Protecting Florida’s unique economy and long-term potential growth, as TGC1 does, will help secure Florida’s future.

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Florida Chamber of Commerce Announces Representative Mike La Rosa Named a 2017 Distinguished Advocate

 

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The Florida Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that Representative Mike La Rosa 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 La Rosa’s complete grading and district information, click here.

 

“Representative Mike La Rosa led the House’s efforts to protect Florida’s family-friendly brand from the expansion of Las Vegas-style casino gambling, and passed legislation that will help bring faster digital connections to all Floridians,” said DAVID HART, Executive Vice President of the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

 

“Being recognized as a distinguished advocate is an honor. I am looking forward to working alongside the business community over the coming years to continue growing our economy and ensuring Florida is the best place to live, work and raise a family,” REPRESENTATIVE LA ROSA said.

House Strikes Senate’s Expansion of Gambling

Protects Florida’s Family-Friendly Brand

For more than 20 years, the Florida Chamber has opposed the expansion of Las Vegas-style casino gambling and harming Florida’s family-friendly brand. This week’s action by the Florida House sends a message that Florida needs more engineers, physicians and teachers – not more blackjack dealers.

The Florida Chamber has long said that a new state compact with the Seminole Tribe of Florida is the best way to limit the expansion of gambling in Florida and contain it to tribal lands. The Florida Chamber strongly supports the House’s proposed gaming compact, sponsored by Representative Mike La Rosa, which holds strong against any further gambling expansion. The Senate’s counterpart legislation, SB 8, which is sponsored by Senator Bill Galvano, called for a vast gambling expansion and was sent to the House following Senate passage last week. Showing strong conviction, Rep. La Rosa struck the Senate’s gaming expansion proposal and replaced it with the much more favorable House bill (HB 7037), which calls for a renewed state compact with the Seminole Tribe of Florida. The House will now send their revised version of SB 8 back to the Senate for consideration, along with a message that protecting Florida’s unique quality of life is a top priority. It is expected the bill will be discussed during conference in the next few weeks.

The Florida Chamber remains steadfast in our support for making Florida more competitive for businesses and families. By supporting the provisions as originally outlined in HB 7037, and now in SB 8, this bill will help ensure Florida’s family-friendly brand continues to play a role in Florida’s long-term economic security.

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For more information about where the Florida Chamber stands on these and other gaming-related issues, click here or contact me at bhunt@flchamber.com.

Protecting Florida’s Family-Friendly Brand From the Expansion of Gambling

For more than 20 years, the Florida Chamber has opposed the expansion of Las Vegas-style casino gambling and harming Florida’s family-friendly brand.

The Florida Chamber has long said that a new state compact with the Seminole Tribe of Florida is the best way to limit the expansion of gambling in Florida and contain it to tribal lands. Therefore, the Florida Chamber supports House Bill 7037, sponsored by Representative Mike LaRosa, which holds strong against any further gambling expansion. Today, HB 7037 passed its final committee of reference and is now poised to be heard by the full House of Representatives.

In contrast, the Florida Senate is calling for a vast gambling expansion. Senate Bill 8, sponsored by Senator Bill Galvano, passed in the full Senate today.

The Florida Chamber remains steadfast in our support for making Florida more competitive for businesses and families, and supporting HB 7037 will help ensure Florida’s family-friendly brand continues to play a role in Florida’s long-term economic security.

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For more information about where the Florida Chamber stands on these and other gaming-related issues, click here or contact me at bhunt@flchamber.com.

House-Proposed Gaming Compact Protects Florida’s Family-Friendly Brand

For over twenty years, the Florida Chamber has been opposed to the expansion of gambling in Florida, especially “Las Vegas-style” casinos, as we believe it is contrary to our family friendly brand and not the type of economic development our state needs. It is the Florida Chamber’s belief that a renewed state compact with the Seminole Tribe of Florida is the best way to limit the expansion of gambling in the state, by containing it to tribal lands. We must continue to protect Florida’s unique economy and long term potential growth by rejecting any further expansion of gambling in our state.

The Florida Chamber supports House Bill 7037 and its sponsor, Representative Mike LaRosa, for holding strong against any further expansion of gambling in Florida. The House’s bill stands in contrast to Senate Bill 8, which is sponsored by Senator Bill Galvano and calls for a vast expansion of slot machines and gaming. Both the House and Senate gambling bills were passed out of their respective committees last week. SB 8’s next stop is the Senate floor, whereas HB 7037 has not received its next committee reference yet.

As it has for more than two decades, the Florida Chamber will continue fighting to protect our family-friendly brand by opposing the expansion of Las Vegas-style casino gambling, as is done in SB 8, while continuing to advocate for a renewed Seminole Gaming Compact, as is done in HB 7037.

 

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Click here for more information on the Florida Chamber’s 20-year opposition to gambling expansion in Florida, or contact me at bhunt@flchamber.com.

Growth Bill Passes Full Legislature

The Florida Legislature today passed a Florida Chamber of Commerce-backed growth management bill that will help make Florida more competitive by streamlining rules surrounding developments of regional impact (DRI).

HB 1361, sponsored by Rep. Mike La Rosa (R- Saint Cloud), will allow approved construction plans to reduce in size without having to go through another layer of the approval process. This will help ensure that developers can continue with valuable construction efforts without unnecessary regulatory roadblocks.

We commend the Florida Legislature and Rep. La Rosa for his efforts to make Florida more competitive.

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The Florida Chamber encourages you to join us in thanking lawmakers who played instrumental roles in the passage of this important bill. Please click here to send a letter to these lawmakers.

Florida Chamber-Backed Economic Development Bills Progress

This week, two Florida Chamber-backed growth management bills passed their committees.

SB 1190, sponsored by Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla (R- Miami), and HB 1361, sponsored by Rep. Mike La Rosa (R- Saint Cloud), both passed their first committee stops with bipartisan support.

Under these bills, approved construction plans may change in size without having to go through another approval process. This will ensure that developers can continue with valuable construction efforts without unnecessary regulatory roadblocks.

We commend Sen. Diaz de la Portilla and Rep. La Rosa for their continued efforts make Florida more competitive.