Florida Chamber Names Representative Scott Plakon a 2018 Distinguished Advocate

 

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

“The Florida Chamber thanks Representative Scott Plakon for his commitment to lowering the cost of living and the cost of doing business for Floridians,” said David Hart, Executive Vice President of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “Representative Plakon has fought tirelessly alongside the Florida Chamber to promote legislation improving transparency in the collective bargaining process.”

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.

“I am honored to receive the Florida Chamber of Commerce’s Distinguished Advocate award and am proud of our legislative accomplishments this past year, especially bringing transparency and accountability to Florida’s collective bargaining.” Representative Plakon said.

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

Florida Chamber Urges House Committee to Support HB 25

 

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The Florida Chamber of Commerce urges you to support HB 25. This bill, sponsored by Representative Scott Plakon, will be heard on Tuesday, December 5th in the House Government Accountability Committee.

The Florida Chamber of Commerce believes in transparency and accountability throughout collective bargaining in our state. Currently, an organization may become certified by the state as a bargaining agent of an entire class of public employees without having an adequate number of those employees within its membership. This bill places reasonable protections on this certification process. This common sense step will better protect the rights of government employees to associate – and not associate – with organizations based on their values. This legislation is important to Florida’s business community because this bill:

– Will add transparency into all levels of collective bargaining and lobbying by giving the public a clearer understanding of how many people the union represents; and

– Protects public servants from bad actors that may deceptively claim to be acting on their behalf.

The Florida Chamber urges you to support HB 25, and will consider votes on this legislation, and any substantive amendments to it in committee or on the floor, in our annual How They Voted report card. Because of the importance of this issue to employers across the state, our Board of Directors has determined that this bill, and any substantive amendments to it in committee or on the floor, will be counted twice on our legislative report card. The grade that you earn will be based on your voting record on the issues, such as this one. We will make every effort to notify you prior to a vote that may be included in our annual legislative report card. If you have any questions about this or other issues, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Regards,

Frank C. Walker, III
Vice President of Government Affairs

Florida Chamber Announces Representative Scott Plakon Named a 2017 Distinguished Advocate

 

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

 

“Representative Scott Plakon fought side-by-side with the Florida Chamber against union leaders and for the rights of government workers by pursuing transparency in the collective bargaining process,” said DAVID HART, Executive Vice President of the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

 

“I’m proud to stand beside the Florida Chamber of Commerce to promote economic prosperity for all employees,” REPRESENTATIVE PLAKON said.

Florida Chamber Testifies in Support of Protecting Private Property Rights

October 6, 2015

The Florida House Criminal Justice Subcommittee today considered proposed legislation that creates a new government mandate providing gun owners with a new right to openly carry their gun on public and private property. Many businesses have contacted the Florida Chamber to say they are gun owners and fierce champions of their gun rights, but they are also private property owners and want their constitutionally enshrined private property rights equally protected. This legislation, as currently written, has fostered concern that these two fundamental rights are not adequately and equitably balanced, and instead creates a new government regulation on Florida businesses that would have politicians deciding what happens on privately owned property and businesses instead of property owners, employers and managers.

Today, Gary Hunter, a property rights lawyer for the Florida Chamber and owner of numerous firearms himself, testified in support of private property rights. Hunter voiced concerns that the bill could infringe on the property rights of business owners who want to retain their constitutional right and responsibility to decide what happens on their private property. Hunter’s comments were echoed by committee members, Rep. Scott Plakon (R-Longwood) and Rep. Ross Spano (R-Riverview). Rep. Spano expressed concerns that the bill did not allow private business owners, such as restaurateurs, to decide if weapons were not allowed in dining rooms.

Additionally, bill sponsor Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Shalimar) expressed his willingness to work with the Florida Chamber to protect private property rights by amending the legislation to find an appropriate balance. The bill passed 8-4, and will be heard by additional committees in the near future.

 

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Over the coming days, the Florida Chamber would like input from your company’s General Counsel regarding this proposed legislation, HB 0163. Please contact Frank Walker, Vice President of Government Affairs at fwalker@flchamber.com or 850-521-1211 for more details.