Thursday, June 8, 2017

Senate voted to over-ride the Governor’s Veto of SB 2500

The Senate voted to over-ride the Governor’s Veto of  SB 2500. Senator Latvala explained that this is a fall back in case the chambers cannot come to agreement on a  new bill and they have an option to vote on 2500 to keep the schools open. Latvala has filed another bill to increase the FEFP by $215 million, however, the Senate does not know from where they will take the money. There has been some discussion to shift the cost back to the school district by increasing the required local effort. Senator Simmons raised the legality about have having two bills dealing with the same subject , but received an inadequate response.

They also voted to expand the scope of the special session contrary to the Governor’s proclamation. The additional bills presented:
4A Medicaid
6A Public Records
8A Medical Use of Marijuana


House is in the Appropriations committee considering 1A which includes Visit Florida, Enterprise Florida and the training grant (available to technical centers).  Bill 1A passed on of the House Appropriations committee.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

County by County Allocations

This report reflects only items contained in the Conference Report on Senate Bill 2500, the 2017-2018 General Appropriations Act (GAA), which are identifiable to specific counties. State agencies will further allocate other funds contained in the General Appropriations Act based on authorized distribution methodologies. This report was produced prior to the veto process.

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Legislative Update

The Appropriations bill and the Implementing bill were provided to the Governor around noon today. He has 15 days ( Thursday June 15) to act on the bills. He did not received 7069 or 374.

SB 2500     Appropriations
SB 2502     Implementing the 2017-2018 General                        Appropriations Act

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

2017 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday


2017 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday
June 2 through June 4, 2017

The 2017 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, June 2, 2017, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, June 4, 2017. During this holiday period, qualifying items related to disaster preparedness are exempt from sales tax. However, the sales tax holiday does not apply to the rental or repair of any of the qualifying items. Additionally, the sales tax holiday does not apply to sales in a theme park, entertainment complex, public lodging establishment, or airport.
Qualifying Items

Selling for $10 or less:- Reusable ice (reusable ice packs)

Selling for $20 or less:- Any portable self-powered light source (powered by battery, solar, hand-crank, or gas):  Flashlights  Lanterns  Candles

Selling for $25 or less:- Any gas or diesel fuel container, including LP gas and kerosene containers

Selling for $30 or less:- Batteries, including rechargeable batteries, listed sizes only (excluding automobile and boat batteries):  AA-cell  C-cell  D-cell  6-volt  9-volt - Coolers and ice chests (food-storage; nonelectrical)

Selling for $50 or less:- Tarpaulins (tarps)- Visqueen, plastic sheeting, plastic drop cloths, and other flexible waterproof sheeting - Ground anchor systems - Tie-down kits- Bungee cords - Ratchet straps- Radios (powered by battery, solar, or hand-crank)  Two-way  Weather band

Selling for $750 or less:- Portable generators used to provide light or communications, or to preserve food in the event of a power outage.
First-aid kits (always exempt)