Rep. Steve Crisafulli Legislative Update: Florida House Unveils Budget Proposal
By Space Coast Daily // January 31, 2016
LEGISLATIVE SESSION UPDATE
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – The House rolled out our $79.98 billion balanced budget proposal, which provides for Florida’s critical needs in a fiscally responsible manner.
This year’s proposed budget provides a $1 billion tax cut for Floridians and a historic level of education funding per student, exceeding the previous highest level of funding in 2007-08 by $105 per student.
The budget also includes a reliable and dedicated funding source for restoring the Everglades that is expected to reach $200 million annually and places $3.1 billion in reserves for any future economic uncertainty.
I believe the House’s budget proposal is fiscally responsible and focused on the priorities of Florida’s families, and will help our economy continue to grow by cutting taxes by $1 billion. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the House and Senate, as well as Governor Scott, in the coming weeks to pass a balanced budget for Florida.
House Passes Legislation to Strengthen Anti-Corruption Laws
This week, the House unanimously passed House Bill 7071 to strengthen Florida’s public corruption laws. The bill adds public contractors to the list of those in statute who can be prosecuted for falsifying or concealing official records.
It also adds officers and employees of government-created public organizations, such as Citizens Insurance and Enterprise Florida, to the list of those who can be prosecuted for bribery and influence peddling.
With this new language, I believe prosecutors will be better able to punish bad actors who abuse the public trust. I also believe this bill is a great step towards strengthening Florida’s ethics laws, which are critical in ensuring taxpayers can be confident that public officials and entities that violate the law are held accountable.
House Passes Legislation Regarding Rideshare Services
This week, the House passed HB 509, which provides statewide standard requirements for rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft.
Currently, companies like Uber and Lyft are regulated at the municipal level, and, therefore, the laws regulating these services are not enforced uniformly throughout the state.
This bill would provide uniformity in state law, which includes streamlined permitting, safety requirements, and background checks for drivers with these services.
With the rise in new technologies, I believe Florida should have a predictable regulatory framework that allows innovation to thrive and encourages entrepreneurs to find new ways of delivering services to consumers. By cutting red tape and tearing down old barriers that suffocate the advent of new technologies, we can keep our economy growing and create more jobs for Floridians.
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