Moving Florida Forward

 

Download One Pager    Transportation Investments

 

Why It Matters to Florida

The Florida Chamber Foundation estimates more than 26 million residents are expected to call Florida home by 2030. In fact, Florida is the third most populous state in the nation. That means there will be approximately three million new Florida drivers commuting on our roads. Along with the more than 126 million visitors that came to Florida last year, it’s estimated that there will be more than three million daily vehicle miles added to Florida roads by 2030.

In addition to highways, Florida also moves people and goods along a complex system of railways, seaports, airports and space ports, all interconnected to provide services and goods that grow our economy. Whether it’s the more than 1,000 miles of coastlines and more than 3,000 miles of highways, Florida’s transportation infrastructure relies on capable investments in order to keep our economy flowing and keep Floridians safe.

State and private-sector investments in Florida’s transportation infrastructure are vital for future economic growth in the global trade sector. Transportation and infrastructure needs also require special training for intermodal transportation and logistics jobs so Florida’s workforce is prepared to accommodate Florida’s growing population.

Florida’s Competitiveness Agenda

Public-private partnerships ensure our state can invest in addressing the infrastructure needs key to meeting the demands of a growing population.

The Florida Chamber will keep fighting to prevent attempting raids to the State Transportation Trust Fund for non-transportation purposes. The future health and prosperity of all Floridians is advanced with creating and maintaining sustainable and reliable infrastructure systems.

We also believe that supporting innovative business sectors like ridesharing and autonomous vehicles with consistent regulatory frameworks will help to diversity Florida’s economy and help our state’s growing transportation needs while also ensuring public safety.

The Fight for Free Enterprise Continues

While several updates to Florida’s transportation system are currently underway in Florida’s major cities, we must continue to stay focused on creating transportation systems and infrastructure that safely transport valuable cargo, from our Florida grown crops to our children and families.

Act Now

Join the Florida Chamber Infrastructure Coalition‘s efforts to maximize Florida’s economic growth opportunities and double down on efforts to prepare for Florida’s growing population through infrastructure investments.

Florida Chamber Announces Representative Chris Sprowls Named a 2017 Distinguished Advocate

 

Download How They Voted     Find Your Legislator’s Grade

 

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.

 

Florida Chamber Announces Senator Jeff Brandes Named a 2017 Distinguished Advocate

 

Download How They Voted     Find Your Legislator’s Grade

 

The Florida Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that Senator Jeff Brandes 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 Senator Brandes’ complete grading and district information, click here.

 

“Senator Jeff Brandes passed ridesharing and autonomous vehicle legislation that welcomes innovation and helps make Florida’s transportation system more modern, efficient and competitive,” said DAVID HART, Executive Vice President of the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

“I’m honored to be recognized by the Florida Chamber as a back-to-back Distinguished Advocate. The innovative and pro-technology solutions that we passed this year will help make Florida more competitive. I’m looking forward with the Florida Chamber to advance more pioneering policies in the years to come,” SENATOR BRANDES 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.

 

# # #

 

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.

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.

Statement on the House Passage of Transportation Network Companies

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (January 27, 2016) – The Florida Chamber of Commerce today released the following statement from David Hart, Executive Vice President, on the House of Representatives passage of HB 509 – transportation network companies.

“The Florida House of Representatives today took a major step toward creating a welcoming regulatory climate that embraces innovation, strengthens job growth and provides ridesharing opportunities for all Floridians and the 100 million plus tourists we welcome to our state annually.

“With the House passage of the transportation network companies’ bill, Florida is taking steps to ensure that the Sunshine State is not being left behind other states that have already approved ridesharing policies.

“The Florida Chamber of Commerce applauds the Florida House of Representatives for allowing cutting edge technology to thrive and make Florida more competitive.”

###

The Florida Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business and the state’s largest federation of employers, chambers of commerce and associations, aggressively representing small and large businesses from every industry and every region. The Florida Chamber works within all branches of government to affect those changes set forth in the annual Florida Business Agenda, and which are seen as critical to secure Florida’s future. The Florida Chamber works closely with its Political Operations and the Florida Chamber Foundation. Visit www.FloridaChamber.com for more information.