2022 Legislative Session in Review
The 2022 legislative session saw 1,956 bills and PCBs filed with 285 bills passing both chambers. At $112B, the largest budget in state history passed.
Below are a few highlights from this session:
• Healthcare COVID-19 Liability Protections: Extends the COVID-19 liability protections expiring for healthcare facilities to continue to protect our healthcare workers from litigation through June 2023.
• Florida Tourism Marketing: Reauthorizes VISIT FLORIDA, the state’s tourism marketing arm, through Oct. 1, 2028, to provide certainty and allow VISIT FLORIDA to long-term plan and hire and retain top talent.
• Significant Long-Term Infrastructure Funding: Investment in the infrastructure necessary to meet the needs of current and future Floridians with another $10B+ for the FDOT’s five-year workplan, approximately $362M for attainable workforce housing, and record funding for water quality, resiliency, and environmental restoration efforts.
• Net Metering Reform: Modernizes Florida’s net metering policy to ensure that all energy customers pay their fair share for the maintenance of Florida’s reliable, efficient, and resilient electrical grid.
• Student Assessments Overhaul: Replaces the end of the year high-stakes Florida Statewide Assessment with a computer-based state standards-aligned progress monitoring testing system to better support student growth and improve accountability to teachers and parents throughout the school year.
• Local Business Protection Act: Protects local businesses from burdensome and overreaching local government regulations by allowing local businesses to recoup damages if a regulation results in a significant loss of business profitability.
• Continued Investment in Diversifying Florida’s Economy: Full funding of VISIT FLORIDA, Enterprise Florida and Space Florida continues Florida’s economic momentum to becoming a top 10 global economy by 2030.