Business Watch supports the citizen’s right to local self-government.

States manage “big picture” issues like insurance regulation, election law, and the prison system.

But when it comes to those things that impact individual community standards and the services local governments provide, Business Watch members strongly support the concept of Home Rule and local decision making.

Business Watch supports an active conversation about taxes, tax policy and the role of government. As part of that conversation Business Watch is interested in policies that promote a balanced approach to cuts and revenue. It is in everyone’s best interest to both save money and consider new or increased revenue sources.

Business Watch supports investments conducive to creating a positive business climate, including improving infrastructure necessary for trade, repair and expansion of our transportation systems, promoting urban infill, and adequately funding education including workforce training.

“The Business Watch team truly understands the importance of the relationship between local government and the businesses that serve them. Their advocacy on behalf of their members with the Legislature had not only been beneficial to Jones Edmunds but allowed us to better serve our clients.” – Terry Lowery, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Jones Edmunds

2019 & 2020 Legislative Information

In odd numbered years, the Legislature meets March to May. Interim committee and local delegation meetings are held in the winter. The 2019 session is over.

In even numbered years, the Legislature meets January to March. Interim committee meetings have been scheduled for the weeks of: September 16, October 14 & 21, November 4 & 12 and December 9.

Before any bill becomes a law, it must pass both chambers and be signed by the Governor. Most new laws take effect July 1 of that year.

Florida House of Representatives; Speaker Jose Oliva

Florida Senate; President Bill Galvano