Bills propose accountability for “economic development” and tourism agencies

Florida legislation (HB 3) seeks to provide transparency and accountability provisions for publicly funded “economic development” agencies and tourism promotion agencies.  The legislation also provides for penalties and requires county governing board(s) to review certain proposed contracts and certifications. Representatives Ben Albritton (R) and Randy Fine (R) are cosponsoring the bill. A similar bill SB…

Florida bill takes on occupational license reform

A Florida bill (SB 526), sponsored by Senator Jeff Brandes (R) is taking on occupational licensing reform. This legislation repeals or revises licensing and permit requirements and regulations for certain business professionals, such as landscapers, barbers, hair wrappers, hair braiders, manicurists, pedicurists, and makeup artists. Track SB 526 Original filed version The Liberty First Network…

Florida bill targets taxpayer funding of professional sports franchise facilities

A Florida bill, SB 778, sponsored by Senator Tom Lee (R) repeals F.S. 288.11625, the Sports Development program. The Liberty First Network notes, “In 2014, the Legislature created the Sports Development program that authorizes distributions of state sales and use tax revenue to fund professional sports franchise facilities, up to $13 million. The state of…

HB 17 targets Community Redevelopment Agencies (CRAs), calls for more transparency

HB 17 (2018) targets Community Redevelopment Agencies (CRAs) This legislation will require community redevelopment agencies (CRAs) to be more transparent and accountable. According to the Liberty First Network, “Under Florida law, local governments can designate areas as Community Redevelopment Areas and create a Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). CRA’s are funded by property taxes and are billed…