Advocacy

Business Watch is an advocate for local governments and the contractors that serve them.

Florida State Capitol Building

Florida’s local governments need to be financially healthy to serve as an economic driver. Each year, cities and counties spend tens of billions of dollars in the private sector, buying everything from park benches to paperclips. Government contracts are the engines that support Business Watch companies, shareholders and employees.

Business Watch supports investments conducive to creating a positive business climate, including improving infrastructure necessary for trade, addressing water quality and supply issues, repair and expansion of transportation systems, private property rights and adequately funding education including workforce training.

Business Watch supports tax 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 the citizen’s right to local self-government, individual community standards and the unique services local governments provide. Business Watch members strongly support the concept of local decision making.

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

2021 & 2022 Legislative Information

In odd numbered years, the Legislature meets between March and May. The 2021 session is scheduled for March 2 through April 30. Committee meetings are scheduled for the weeks of January 11, January 25, February 1, February 8 and February 15. Local delegation meetings will also occur during the winter.

In even numbered years, the Legislature meets between January and March. Interim committee meetings usually take place in September and October.

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 Chris Sprowls; Part of Pinellas County
Florida Senate: President Wilton Simpson; Citrus, Hernando and part of Pasco County