Posted by: tampachamber on Friday, February 10, 2017

President Trump and Governor Scott talk Health Care and Cuba

During the President’s visit this week, he and the Governor had a private meeting to discuss issues important to Florida including affordable health care and Cuba.

Uber Hires Engineer to develop to work on Flying Cars

Uber has hired a NASA veteran Engineer Mark Moore to work on the entitative called Uber Elevate.

Moffitt Day at the Florida Capitol

Over 75 people including the wife of former Buccaneers Coach Jon Gruden travel to the Capitol in Tallahassee to support one of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce’s top priorities for 2017, legislation that will increase Moffitt Cancer Center’s portion of the cigarette tax.

What happened in Tallahassee this week:

This week HB 221 General Transportation Network Companies sponsored by Representative Sprowls and Representative Grant passed its first committee in the Florida House by a vote of 14-1.

 The bill will allow for a statewide set of standards governing and authorizing ridesharing services and transportation network companies in Florida.  A companion bill is expected to be heard a Senate Committee meeting later in February.

The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce supports this bill.

Also, this week, PCB CCS 17-01 Economic Programs sponsored by Careers & Competition Subcommittee passed by a vote of 10-5. 

The bill will eliminate economic incentives and tourist marketing dollars. It also calls for the elimination of Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida. 

The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce opposes this bill.


As things are changing in Tallahassee and in Washington D.C., the Tampa Chamber is watching those issues that are important to the community and your business. Here is some of what we are watching:

  • Possible changes to the Affordable Health Care Act
  • Possible changes with the relations between the U.S. and Cuba
  • Overtime regulations changes and legal rulings
  • Appropriations request rule changes in Tallahassee
  • Medical Marijuana and what that means to Tampa Bay
  • Workers’ Comp. Rate