2018 Legislative Priorities- Active
Economic Development: Glades Regional Initiatives, Enterprise Florida
Public Safety: Opioid Abuse, Sober Homes
Health and Human Services: Affordable Housing, Quality of Healthcare
Education: Palm Beach State College Funding, Florida Atlantic University Funding
Environmental and Natural Resources: Water/ Beach Issues
Economic Council: Gaming
2018 Legislative Priorities- Watch
Economic Development: Visit Florida, Biomedical Research
Budget and Taxation: Unfunded Mandates, Homestead Exemption, Home Rule, Business Rent Tax, Other Tax Issues
Health and Human Services: Homelessness
Education: High School Graduation Requirements (HB 88)
Environmental and Natural Resources: Septic to Sewer Conversion
Economic Council: Ag Land Preservation, Workers Comp, Infrastructure
Business Climate and Competitiveness
Support the reduction/elimination of the commercial lease use tax as defined by the Florida Association of Counties. The FAC language supports a gradual reduction of the tax with it ultimately being eliminated.
Support fair worker’s comp legislation currently tied up in court
Workforce/Affordable Housing; support full fund re: Sadowski Bill
Civic and Governance Systems
Support the expansion of gambling at pari-mutual facilities in Palm Beach County.
Support stronger oversight to review and eliminate unnecessary regulations and licensing requirements on businesses.
Infrastructure and Growth Leadership
Support Data Center Legislation
Innovation and Economic Development
Support the Glades Regional Initiatives
These initiatives will provide economic development and job creation in this area including components of the Glades Regional Master Plan.
Support Florida’s film, television, and digital media investment programs
This requires asking for the restoration of adequate funding for the State’s Office of Film and Entertainment.
According to PBC records, the film/tv industry has directly and indirectly impacted the county significantly.
Support The Scripps Research Institute/Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience and biomedical research funding
By statute, Sanford-Burnham was allocated direct funding beyond that of other bio-medical organizations. As Sanford-Burnham is now defunct, a redirection of that funding to Scripps/Max Planck would be in order.
Support legislative priorities set by Enterprise Florida
Quality of Life and Places
Support the regulation of Sober Homes.
Support cultural arts and historic grants funding.
Talent Supply and Education
Support the funding of FAU Jupiter Research building and life-science initiative funding.
Support FAU Tech Runway funding.
Support PECO funding.
Support the Dental Hygienist Building on Palm Beach State College campus.
Support Lab Schools funding.
Support enabling legislation for a partnership between Palm Beach State College and Palm Beach County School Board’s 4+ (Job Readiness) Program