The Florida Business Agenda Report:

2024 Weekly Legislative Update

End of Session Review

Florida Legislature Passes Multiple Florida Chamber Priorities, Making Florida Even More Competitive

Florida Chamber sees passage of multiple Chamber priorities that create regulatory certainty, improvements in education and workforce, protect critical infrastructure, further address affordability issues, improve access to healthcare and more as Florida continues its path to be the state other states look to for leadership and economic growth

Florida’s Legislative Session by the Numbers:

  • 1,901 Bills and PCBs filed; over 320 bills passed both chambers
  • Florida Chamber of Commerce testified approximately 150 times on legislation impacting job creators
  • Florida Chamber is analyzing more than 5,700 votes cast by lawmakers and will soon release its annual Legislative Report Card
  • $117.5 billion budget passed (pre-veto)


TALLAHASSEE, FL (March 8, 2024) The 2024 Florida Legislative Session saw passage of several Florida Chamber priorities and the largest budget in Florida’s history as Florida’s economy continues to surpass revenue expectations and welcomes $4.48M in economic growth per hour, making Florida the top state in the nation for income migration – by far.

“The world continues to watch Florida as it remains the national model for economic growth, quality of life and competitiveness,” said Mark Wilson, President & CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “Free enterprise isn’t free, and the Florida Chamber wholeheartedly thanks Senate President Kathleen Passidomo, House Speaker Paul Renner, Governor Ron DeSantis and many in the Legislature for helping move the Florida Chamber’s competitiveness agenda forward again this session as millions of Floridians will be better off because of their leadership.”

The Florida Chamber continues to unite the business community to defend the progress made and continue the momentum gathered over the last year towards several long-standing policy priorities to make Florida more competitive.

“It’s incredible what gets accomplished for Florida when the Florida Chamber unites the business community like we did again this year and I’d like to thank the members of the Florida Chamber, as well as local chambers of commerce and trade associations who joined with us to make Florida even more competitive,” said Keith Koenig, Chairman of CITY Furniture and Volunteer Chair of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “Advancing the Florida 2030 Blueprint is our focus, and on behalf of the Board of Directors and members of the Florida Chamber, I’d like to thank Governor DeSantis and the Florida Legislature for working together to make sure the right things happen in Florida to help local businesses continue to grow and diversify Florida’s economy.”

One of the Florida Chamber’s top priorities this legislative session was to provide regulatory certainty and consistency for local businesses by addressing local policies that have a detrimental impact on local businesses and their employees. As part of our goal to make Florida the safest state in America, the Florida Chamber led the fight for the preemption of inconsistent and dangerous workplace safety standards contained within HB 433 around heat exposure, which became necessary after a county in Florida contemplated a first-in-the-nation, local workplace heat safety standard. Workplace safety compliance already falls to the federal government through the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act), including workplace heat exposure. The Florida Chamber has led from the front on the issue of workplace safety through our Leadership Cabinet on Safety, Health and Sustainability and does not believe a patchwork of regulations around the state leads to our end goal – being the safest state in the country.


Also included in HB 433 was an important provision to proactively eliminate the job-killing and cost-increasing policies we have seen in California, New York, and Illinois from coming to Florida by preventing local governments from mandating how job creators schedule employees, commonly referred to  as predictive scheduling, and interfering in the employer-employee relationship. Finally, HB 433 eliminates the uncompetitive practice of so-called prevailing wage mandates, or the ability of local governments to mandate wages or benefits on private employers beyond what is required by state or federal law through their purchasing or procurement agreements. Employers compete for talented employees in the marketplace, and free states should never be bound by what overreaching governments think is best. Such mandates often increase the costs borne by taxpayers and negatively impact local businesses, especially small businesses who could be priced out of bidding for local government contracts. These two issues were hard fought throughout session, and the Florida Chamber was successful in having these two provisions included in one of the final bills on the final day of session.  

Below are a few highlights of the Florida Chamber-championed legislative priorities that passed this session:

  • Regulatory Certainty for Job Creators: Many states are seeing an explosion in local mandates and ordinances that make communities and America less competitive, and the Florida Chamber wants to protect Florida’s local businesses from this troubling trend. This provides a consistent regulatory environment by prohibiting local governments from adopting a patchwork of heat illness ordinances for outdoor workers and eliminating the ability of local jurisdictions to mandate wages or benefits on private employers through their purchasing or procurement processes that are above what state or federal law requires – commonly referred to as prevailing wages. The bill also prohibits local governments from setting costly predictive scheduling mandates. Inconsistent and potentially conflicting regulations do not lead to safer or more productive workplaces, but rather significant confusion, expense and potentially unsafe conditions for job creators that have employees in multiple jurisdictions.
  • “Live Healthy”: Further addresses Florida’s health care workforce shortages with new opportunities for education, training, and retention and seeks to improve access to care by reducing barriers for providers, such as increasing reimbursement rates and incentivizing providers. According to the Florida Chamber Future of Work Initiative, registered nurses continue to be in the top two most advertised positions across Florida within the past eight months. This workforce shortage limits access to care and diminishes the ability of Florida’s health care system to deliver affordable and effective care. Legislation was also included that was a priority of the Florida Chamber Leadership Cabinet on Safety, Health & Sustainability to create a framework for behavioral health teaching hospitals to develop a workforce necessary to meet increasing need for mental health services.
  • Boosting Educational Outcomes: Expands access to students with deficiencies in reading or math by expanding to the New Worlds Learning Initiative, adding a mathematics component, and increasing access to pre-kindergarten families. The bill helps improve educational outcomes and ensure students are reading or performing math at grade level by providing materials and services that assist in learning. The bill also provides resources to leverage artificial intelligence platforms in the classroom that aid in tutoring and lesson planning.  
  • Accessible and Affordable Childcare for Working Families: Expands access to incentivized early learning through the creation of the School Readiness Plus program and ensures families are not choosing between childcare or more earned income. A second provision incentivizes employers to provide childcare for their employees, and the budget includes a provision to incentivize childcare providers to increase availability. According to the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Untapped Potential in FL report, over 150,000 working parents have quit their jobs to be able to stay home and care for children under the age of six. This legislation seeks to provide a win-win for parents and employers.
  • Availability and Affordability of Housing: Expedites the approval process for residential building permits, which leads to quicker building times and reduced costs. One bill reduces the time frames for local governments to approve, deny, or request additional information on a building permit, and a second bill requires local governments to begin issuing building permits once a temporary plat has been approved. The Florida Chamber predicts Florida will grow by another 2.8 million Floridians by 2030, and these bills will help create certainty as we struggle to keep up with housing demand.  
  • Critical Infrastructure and Supply Chain Continuity: Safeguards critical infrastructure against emerging cyber and physical threats by deterring tampering and damage to critical infrastructure, such as electricity, natural gas, wireless communications, water systems, ports, and airports, that are integral to daily life, commercial activities, and the efficient flow of goods and services across the state.
  • Further Stabilization of Florida’s Property Insurance Market: Takes steps to return taxpayer-backed Citizens Property Insurance Corporation to the insurer of last resort and reduces the likelihood of assessments, or hurricane taxes, on all Florida insurance policyholders by allowing approved companies to take out policies from Citizens for properties that are second homes or non-primary residences. 
  • Cybersecurity Liability: Incentivizes companies to embrace robust, nationally recognized cybersecurity protocols and standards by offering liability protections if there is a data breach. By incentivizing proactive cybersecurity measures, the bill not only fortifies the resilience of critical infrastructure but also ensures the uninterrupted provision of life-saving services and facilitates commerce.
  • Florida’s Business Rent Tax: As part of the Florida Chamber’s successful advocacy in 2021, as the unemployment trust fund is successfully replenished, Florida’s Business Rent Tax will be reduced from 4.5% to 2% in June. Thanks to the advocacy of Florida Chamber members and our partner associations, local businesses in Florida will see over a $1 billion reduction in their Florida-only business rent tax. We will continue to work with future legislators to eliminate this Florida-only tax.  

“The Florida Chamber remains at the forefront as we prepare for Florida’s continued growth and success,” said Florida Chamber Executive Vice President of Government and Political Relations Frank Walker. “Our Florida Chamber team and our key partners fought on the front lines this session, advocating for legislation that will continue leading businesses to position Florida as a global competitor.” 


While numerous Florida Chamber-backed, pro-Florida measures passed, several threats to local businesses emerged during session. The Florida Chamber successfully defeated or mitigated efforts to drive additional litigation, create regulatory uncertainty, or increase costs on Florida businesses and families. Further work also remains to secure Florida’s future – from ending the Florida-only business rent tax to addressing the Florida’s highest in the nation medical malpractice rates to continuing efforts to tackle affordability challenges around housing and insurance to ensuring the development of a globally competitive workforce.


The Florida Chamber team is analyzing thousands of votes and will soon release its annual Legislative Report Card, showcasing grades earned by all 160 legislators in the Florida House and Senate based on their votes during the 2024 Legislative Session. The Florida Chamber Legislative Report Card is an annual opportunity to recognize members of the Florida Legislature who placed making Florida more competitive through private-sector job creation above special interests and their attempts to protect the status quo. The Report Card also lets Florida families, small businesses, taxpayers, and voters know who voted in favor of private-sector job creation and a stronger economy.

See below to view the Florida Chamber’s full legislative review of what passed, what was defeated, and what remains unfinished business for next year. 

The Florida Chamber's Florida Business Agenda is guided by our Florida 2030 Blueprint, which outlines our Six Pillars framework, with 39 goals, with the ultimate goal of catapulting Florida from 15th largest economy to 10th largest economy in the world by 2030.

Below is a comprehensive review of legislative activity from the 2024 Legislative Session.

Improving Florida's Talent Pipeline for a Better Workforce

Dual Enrollment Programs

Expands access to dual enrollment courses by requiring school districts to enter into agreements with Florida Colleges who offer in-person or online courses. Currently, a district can decline to participate if they do not have a Florida college in their area, and by adding “online courses,” geographical barriers to accessing job skills training are eliminated.

SB 626: Sen. Corey Simon


State University Unexpended Funds

Improves a state university’s ability to implement fiscally responsible management practices by expanding their ability to carry unexpended funds forward to subsequent fiscal years.

SB 1128: Sen. Jonathan Martin

HB 707: Rep. David Silvers


School Readiness Program

Increases access to childcare by expanding eligibility for subsidized childcare and creating a pathway for more competitive reimbursement rates for quality childcare providers.

SB 916: Sen. Alexis Calatayud

HB 929: Rep. Dana Trabulsy


Determination of Residential Status for Tuition Purposes 

Provides that an individual who has met the residency requirements for in-state tuition may not lose his or her resident status for in-state tuition solely due to being incarcerated in a Florida state or federal correctional facility, which decreases the financial burden to receive an education for job skills training and reduces recidivism.

SB 62: Sen. Rosalind Osgood

HB 767: Rep. Jervonte Edmonds


Child Care and Early Learning Providers

Incentivizes employers to assist employees with access to childcare and chips away at unnecessary bureaucracy limiting childcare access and driving up costs.   

SB 820: Sen. Erin Grall

HB 635: Rep. Fiona McFarland


Tax Credit Language Included in HB 7073


Seeks to improve literacy and mathematic performance in Florida’s early learners by expanding the eligibility and services made available for students demonstrating deficiencies and utilizes artificial intelligence to improve teaching skills and access to tutoring. 

SB 7038: Sen. Clay Yarborough

HB 1361: Rep. John Paul Temple


Creating Quality Jobs by Diversifying Florida's Economy

Securities & Securities Transactions

Enhances capital formation opportunities for local, small businesses and provides investor protections.

SB 532: Sen. Jason Brodeur

HB 311: Rep. Webster Barnaby


Improving Florida's Infrastructure for Smart Growth and Development

Electric Vehicle Fees

Addresses lost gas tax revenue as a result of electric and hybrid vehicle adoption by creating parity to ensure all drivers are paying for the use of Florida roads.

SB 28: Sen. Ed Hooper

HB 107: Rep. Tiffany Esposito


Strategic Infrastructure Investment Plan

Requires the Florida Department of Transportation to plan for long-term infrastructure needs and the movement of freight to ensure the efficient movement of goods, services and people as Florida grows by an additional 2.5 million more drivers by 2030.

SB 1506: Sen. Nick DiCeglie

HB 1275: Rep. Kimberly Berfield


Sovereign Immunity for Professional Firms

Clarifies sovereign immunity protections to professional firms acting as agents of the government in the design, building and completion of transportation projects to reduce frivolous litigation and ensure Florida is able to meet future infrastructure needs as Florida grows by more than 750 people a day.

SB 1534: Sen. Jennifer Bradley

HB 619: Rep. Kaylee Tuck


Residential Building Permits

To help meet rising attainable housing demand, reduces permitting times and government bureaucracy, which in turn will improve costs for residential developments.

SB 684: Sen. Nick DiCeglie

HB 267: Rep. Tiffany Esposito


Expedited Building Permits

To help meet rising attainable housing demand, reduces permitting times and government bureaucracy, which in turn will improve costs for residential developments.

SB 812: Sen. Blaise Ingoglia

HB 665: Rep. Stan McClain


Intentional Damage to Critical Infrastructure

To ensure supply chain and infrastructure continuity, discourages the tampering or harming of critical infrastructure by allowing the owner or operator to collect damages sustained by the provider.

SB 340: Sen. Clay Yarborough

HB 275: Rep. Jennifer Canady


Renewable Natural Gas

Creates a mechanism to fund renewable natural gas projects, which will increase energy independence and encourage the development of additional renewable natural gas facilities. 

SB 480: Sen. Nick DiCeglie

HB 683: Rep. Brad Yeager


Cybersecurity Incident Liability  

Provides businesses liability protections following a cybersecurity incident if they have adopted stringent cybersecurity standards.

SB 658: Sen. Nick DiCeglie

HB 473: Rep. Mike Giallombardo


Environmental Management 

By specifying the scope of the Water Quality Assurance Act to damages directly linked to pollution, provides safeguards against ambiguity in legal proceedings and facilitates targeted environmental restoration efforts, thereby fostering accountability and efficient allocation of resources.

SB 738: Sen. Danny Burgess

HB 789: Rep. Toby Overdorf


Building the Perfect Climate for Business

Litigation Financing

In order to further improve Florida’s bottom-five legal climate, requires transparency around and accountability for third-party financiers who invest in Florida lawsuits for economic gain.

SB 1276: Sen. Jay Collins

HB 1179: Rep. Tommy Gregory


Liability on Optional Motor Vehicle Equipment 

Prevents unrelated evidence used by billboard trial attorneys to drive nuclear verdicts from being admissible in lawsuits against companies who own or lease vehicles and were in compliance with federal safety standards at the time of purchase.

SB 760: Sen. Travis Hutson

HB 1057: Rep. Randy Maggard


Product Liability  

Protects Florida’s agriculture industry as a user or vendor of certain agricultural products from product liability lawsuits unless the business was actually at fault.

SB 1252: Sen. Jay Collins

HB 347: Rep. Keith Truenow


Asbestos and Silica Claims

Requires claimant to provide specific evidence when filing a lawsuit to ensure only the companies that actually caused the exposure to asbestos are paying the claim, reducing gamesmanship and abuse of the asbestos trust system.

SB 720: Sen. Travis Hutson

HB 1367: Rep. Robbie Brackett


Premises Liability 

Strengthens the premises liability provision in the Florida Chamber-backed HB 837 that passed last year to improve Florida’s bottom-five legal climate by requiring the consideration of all parties at fault, including those that committed an intentional act, when determining who is responsible for damages. 

SB 1152: Sen. Jay Collins

HB 1043: Rep. David Smith


Employment Regulations 

Creates regulatory certainty for local business and safeguards against harmful policies detrimental to Florida’s business climate by eliminating prevailing wages, and preempting employee scheduling and workplace heat safety regulations to the state.

SB 1492: Sen. Jay Trumbull

HB 433: Rep. Tiffany Esposito


Public Works Projects

Eliminates local government’s ability to mandate a patchwork of wages and benefits on private employers contracting with a local government on a taxpayer funded project. 

SB 742: Sen. Erin Grall

HB 705: Rep. Jason Shoaf


Heat Illness Prevention

Creates a new governmental mandate on employers relating to heat safety, interfering in the employer-employee relationship, and ignoring employer safety programs already in place to protect their employees.

SB 762: Sen. Darryl Rouson

HB 945: Rep. Mike Gottlieb


Division of Labor Standards 

Negatively impacts Florida’s business-friendly climate by creating the Division of Labor Standards, which establishes new layers of government bureaucracy that interfere in the employer-employee relationship.

SB 1388: Sen. Vic Torres

HB 1199: Rep. Angie Nixon


Citizens Property Insurance Corporation 

Increases the probability of assessments or “hurricane taxes” on Floridians by increasing eligibility for Citizens’ policies and further capping rate increases in specified counties, ensuring premiums are not actuarially sound and are competing with the private market.  

SB 604: Sen. Ana Maria Rodriguez

HB 565: Rep. Jim Mooney Jr.


Property Insurance

Discourages homeowners’ insurance companies from entering or writing policies in Florida by disregarding free market principles.

SB 102: Sen. Shev Jones

HB 1017: Rep. Jervonte Edmonds



Discourages homeowners’ insurance companies from entering or writing policies in Florida by disregarding free market principles. 

SB 1556: Sen. Tracie Davis

HB 1489: Rep. Fentrice Driskell


Citizens Property Insurance Corporation 

Furthers the goal of a competitive and stable private insurance market by taking additional steps to return Citizens to the insurer of last resort.

SB 1716: Sen. Jim Boyd

HB 1503: Rep. Tiffany Esposito


Citizens Windstorm Coverage 

Significantly expands the size of taxpayer-backed Citizens Property Insurance Corporation by requiring them to provide all wind-storm coverage in Florida, putting Floridians at risk of “hurricane taxes” and socializing Florida’s property insurance market.  

HB 1213: Rep. Spencer Roach


Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund 

Increases the risk of hurricane taxes on all Florida policyholders by shifting storm risk away from the private market to the public sector via the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund. 

SB 1668: Sen. Nick DiCeglie

HB 1293: Rep. Hillary Cassel


Attorney Fees

Worsens the state’s lawsuit abuse climate by reinstituting attorney fee awards in Florida’s Personal Injury Protection system, which will increase frivolous litigation and auto insurance rates for consumers. 

SB 1782: Sen. Jonathan Martin

HB 1651: Rep. John Snyder


Local Business Taxes 

Improves Florida’s business-friendly tax climate by eliminating the ability of local governments to levy a registration tax on businesses for operating within their jurisdiction. 

SB 1144: Sen. Nick DiCeglie



Augments Florida’s tax-friendly environment and ensures proper stewardship of state funds by putting millions of dollars back into the pockets of local businesses and Floridians. 

SB 7074: Sen. Blaise Ingoglia

HB 7073: Rep. Stan McClain


Tangible Personal Property Tax Exemption

Proposes an additional $25,000 exemption on the local tangible personal property tax, which reduces the amount of double taxation on personal property and provides tax savings for Florida businesses. 

HB 7075: Rep. Stan McClain

HB 7077: Rep. Stan McClain


Reemployment Assistance Accountability 

Ensures unemployment compensation taxes remain low by increasing accountability in the reemployment assistance program which is funded by Florida businesses.

SB 1260: Sen. Jay Trumbull

HB 1289: Rep. Shane Abbott


Making Government and Civics more Efficient and Effective
Constitutional Amendments

Protects Florida’s foundational document and ensures greater voter support of constitutional changes by proposing to increase the voting threshold to further amend the State Constitution.

HB 335: Rep. Rick Roth


Preemption of Recyclable and Polystyrene Materials

Removes a Chamber-backed preemption on local ordinances relating to polystyrene products meant to provide certainty to local businesses.

SB 498: Sen. Linda Stewart


Interstate Mobility 

Improves Florida’s talent pipeline by decreasing barriers to employment and increasing job opportunities by streamlining the occupational licensing process and recognizing reciprocity with licenses issued in other states. 

SB 1600: Sen. Jay Collins

HB 1381: Rep. Danny Alvarez


Regulation of Auxiliary Containers 

Improves Florida’s regulatory climate by strengthening a Chamber-backed preemption preventing a patchwork of local ordinances on packaging materials used by food service or retail establishments.  

SB 1126: Sen. Jonathan Martin

HB 1641: Rep. Brad Yeager


Championing Florida's Quality of Life

Rural Hospitals  

Provides greater access to care by increasing funding opportunities for emergency hospitals serving rural areas.

SB 644: Sen. Corey Simon

HB 309: Rep. Jason Shoaf


Damages Recoverable in Wrongful Death Actions

Drives up medical malpractice insurance rates by broadening the scope of who is allowed to recover damages in medical negligence claims. Florida's highest in the nation medical malpractice insurance costs place an undue burden on physicians wanting to practice in Florida and ultimately limits the availability of quality and affordable care.

SB 442: Sen. Lauren Book

HB 129: Rep. Johanna Lopez


Recovery of Damages in Claims for Medical Negligence

Drives up medical malpractice insurance rates by broadening the scope of who is allowed to recover damages in medical negligence claims. Florida's highest in the nation medical malpractice insurance costs place an undue burden on physicians wanting to practice in Florida and ultimately limits the availability of quality and affordable care.

SB 310: Sen. Jonathan Martin

HB 77: Rep. Spencer Roach


Medical Negligence

Reinstates a non-economic damage caps to help address Florida’s highest in the nation medical malpractice insurance costs, encourage physicians to practice in Florida, while also protecting existing individual providers from losses that may drive them out of Florida or out of the healthcare system entirely.

SB 248: Sen. Clay Yarborough


Health Care

Addresses Florida’s health care workforce shortages with new opportunities for education, training, and retention. Additionally, the bill seeks to improve access to care by reducing barriers for providers, such as increasing reimbursement rates and incentivizing providers to practice in underserved areas. This bill is a component of the “Live Healthy” initiative. 

SB 7016: Sen. Colleen Burton

HB 1549: Rep. Mike Grant


Behavioral Health Teaching Hospitals 

Increases access to mental health services through the expansion of educational opportunities for those seeking to enter the mental health profession and the creation of a behavioral health hospital system. 

SB 330: Sen. Jim Boyd

HB 1617: Rep. Sam Garrison


Economic Self-Sufficiency

Softens the fiscal cliff that families face for the state's childcare subsidy program so that families aren't choosing between a pay increase and access to quality childcare. 

SB 7052: Sen. Ileana Garcia

HB 1267: Rep. Adam Anderson


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