TO: NAIOP Florida
DATE: January 15, 2018
SUBJECT: 2018 Legislative Session – Week 1 Summary
With the first week of the Legislative Session coming to a close, both chambers have advanced priorities of their respective leaders. Senate President Joe Negron’s prioritized higher-ed package -- Sen. Bill Galvano’s SB 4 -- passed unanimously in the Senate Thursday. The bill would provide for several changes to publicly-funded colleges and universities, including a permanent expansion of Bright Futures to cover full tuition for some recipients.
House Speaker Richard Corcoran's prioritized HB 9, a bill that would reprimand city officials if they do not comply with the federal government’s immigration policies, and it cleared the House floor Friday after contentious debate. A Senate version of that package has not yet received a committee hearing but has Senate President Negron’s support.
Another Speaker priority, a bill (HB 17) requiring new community redevelopment agencies be spawned by the Legislature, also passed the House floor. Finally, on Thursday, the House, in an unprecedented move, approved a subpoena for the financial records of a firm hired by Visit Florida to produce the cooking show “Emeril’s Florida.” Click link below for the full update on issues related to our work for you and other hot topics addressed during the week.
2018 Legislative Session - Week 1 Highlights
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