E-Verify Legislation Filed in Senate and House

As 2018 winds down, the 2019 Legislative Session is beginning to take shape as bills are continuing to be filed even as we approach the holidays. One notable piece of legislation that was filed yesterday afternoon is SB 164, sponsored by Senator Aaron Bean (R-Jacksonville). This bill would mandate businesses to utilize the federal E-Verify program for all new hires beginning as early as 2020.  You can read the legislative text of SB 164 here.  This bill is similar to HB 89 filed in the House by Representative Thad Altman (R-Indialantic).

The Florida Chamber has already reached out to Senator Bean, and as this news article reports, the Florida Chamber will remain engaged in ensuring Florida’s businesses remain competitive, while maintaining a lawful, safe, and productive workforce where Florida job creators are not unduly burdened.

Tell Us Your Thoughts

Please contact Chris Emmanuel at cemmanuel@flchamber.com or (850) 521-1242 with any feedback on how this legislation would impact your business if signed into law.

Florida Chamber Urges Senate Committee to Support SB 280, Telehealth

 

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To: Senate Appropriations Committee

The Florida Chamber of Commerce urges you to support SB 280. This bill, which is sponsored by Senator Aaron Bean, will be heard Thursday, February 22nd, in the Senate Appropriations Committee.

The Florida Chamber is working to secure Florida’s future by ensuring a healthy quality of life for all Floridians. To provide healthcare to the almost 5.4 million more Floridians our state will have by 2030, the Florida Chamber supports proactive and innovative policies that will deliver greater access and quality of care while also controlling escalating healthcare costs. We believe implementing a regulatory framework for telehealth policy that protects free market principles, as is done in SB 280, will allow this innovative industry to flourish and patients to benefit. This legislation is important to Florida’s businesses because the bill:

– Authorizes Florida-licensed health care professionals to use telehealth and articulates a standard of care.

The Florida Chamber urges you to support SB 280, 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. The grade that you earn will be based on your voting record on the issues. 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 Urges Senate Committee to Support SB 280

 

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To: Senate Banking & Insurance Committee

The Florida Chamber of Commerce urges you to support SB 280. This bill, which is sponsored by Senator Aaron Bean, will be heard Tuesday, January 16th, in the Senate Banking & Insurance Committee.

The Florida Chamber is working to secure Florida’s future by ensuring a healthy quality of life for all Floridians. To provide healthcare to the almost 6 million more Floridians our state will have by 2030, the Florida Chamber supports proactive and innovative policies that will deliver greater access and quality of care while also controlling escalating healthcare costs. We believe implementing a regulatory framework for telehealth policy that protects free market principles, as is done in SB 280, will allow this innovative industry to flourish and patients to benefit. This legislation is important to Florida’s businesses because the bill:

  • Authorizes Florida-licensed health care professionals to use telehealth and articulates a standard of care.The Florida Chamber urges you to support SB 280, 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. The grade that you earn will be based on your voting record on the issues. 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

Senate Business Rent Tax Bill Clears First Committee Stop

The Florida Chamber of Commerce applauds the Florida Senate Community Affairs Committee for passing SB 484, sponsored by Sen. Dorothy Hukill (R-Port Orange) and co-sponsored by Sen. Aaron Bean (R-Jacksonville), a bill that would save Florida businesses more than $300 million each year. Florida is the only state in the country that charges the business rent tax, putting Florida at a competitive disadvantage to other states, especially neighboring states, when attracting new businesses. SB 484 begins the process of reducing the business rent tax by reducing the state sales tax on these rentals by 1 percent.

The Following Lawmakers Voted on April 3 to Reduce the Florida-Only Business Rent Tax:

  • Sen. Tom Lee (R-Brandon)
  • Sen. Aaron Bean (R- Jacksonville)
  • Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg)
  • Sen. Daphne Campbell (D-North Miami Beach)
  • Sen. Keith Perry (R-Gainesville)
  • Sen. David Simmons (R-Altamonte Springs)

Take Action Now

This was the first of three committee hearings for SB 484. On Wednesday, April 5, 2017, the House will consider their version of a tax package that includes a reduction of the business rent tax. Urge your lawmakers to reduce the Florida-only business rent tax.

 

Why Should You Support Cutting the Business Rent Tax?

Visit the Business Rent Tax Coalition’s website, www.CutMyBizRent.tax, to learn more about the effects of the Florida-only business rent tax.

Florida Sen. Aaron Bean Pushing to Grow State’s Medical Tourism Industry

By Michael Auslen

Medical tourism — traveling for specialized or lower-cost health care procedures — is a $100 billion a year industry globally. And state Sen. Aaron Bean wants Florida to have a bigger piece of it.

So Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, is proposing a new program to more aggressively market Florida as a destination for health care…

Bean’s proposal, which does not currently have a sponsor in the Florida House, would build on work done by the Florida Chamber of Commerce to build Discover Florida Health, a marketing plan.

Click here to read the complete article on the Miami Herald’s Naked Politics Blog.