Sen. Jeff Brandes Discusses Diversifying Florida’s Economy on Bottom Line

Florida will continue to grow at a steady pace- in fact, between now and 2030 it’s estimated that there will be approximately 4-5 million new drivers on the road. Our state has a unique opportunity to meet challenges head on, like issues from infrastructure investments, building an innovation economy, ensuring we can diversify our economy and creating solar options for Floridians that make sense.

Click the video below to hear Sen. Jeff Brandes, 2016 Florida Chamber Honor Roll recipient, discuss these issues and more.

Want to hear more from Senator Brandes on military, defense and veteran opportunities? He will be a speaker at our annual Florida Chamber Foundation Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit on August 17 in St. Petersburg Florida. Click here to register or to learn more about the event.

Senate Committee Will Not Hear Anti-Business Bill This Week

Trial Lawyer-Friendly SB 794 May Be Heard Next Week

The Senate Judiciary Committee, which was scheduled to hear Senator Jeremy Ring’s (D-Margate) anti-business SB 794, will not meet this morning. After an overwhelming response by the business community to Sen. Ring’s anti-business bill, which had already been delayed once during a previous committee meeting, the trial lawyer-friendly legislation will now have to wait another week.

SB 794 seeks to make businesses pay interest on judgments in addition to the amount a judge or jury awards, thus driving up the legal costs for businesses. Another adverse reaction to this bill is that it would force many businesses into unfair settlements because of the fear of paying even more by fighting the lawsuit in court.

You may recall Sen. Ring referred to his bill as the “annual battle royale between the trial lawyers and the business community.” It seems as though the business community is winning the battle, but will you commit to helping us win the war?

We will keep you posted on when the next meeting is, but we need you to be prepared to contact key legislators at a moment’s notice.

Why is SB 794 Harmful for Florida Businesses?

This legislation is bad for Florida’s businesses because the bill:

  • Further deteriorates Florida’s legal climate (ranked 41 out of 50 U.S. states) and image as a “gotcha” state
  • Increases the cost of personal injury lawsuits, which is already a significant cost to Florida’s employers, by charging interest before a legal decision has been rendered
  • Forces more companies to settle, despite the merit of the claim, to avoid paying interest for ongoing litigation
  • Delays in the legal system, which might not be due to the defendant, will only further drive up the cost of personal injury lawsuits.

To learn how you can help make more of a difference by sharing your opinion on this and other issues, please contact Greg Blose.