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Work Plan Florida 2014

During the 2014 Legislative Session, President Gaetz and Speaker Weatherford are proposing a joint House and Senate work plan for Florida. The five-point agenda includes a $500 million tax cut and bold steps to expand economic opportunity through education, support our military, protect vulnerable Floridians and improve the way government works for Florida citizens.

1. Economic Opportunity Through Education

Pathway out of poverty through education and jobs
  • Completed Make Higher Education A Better Value And Within Reach For Florida Families
    • No tuition increase for 2015
      HB 5001 signed by the Governor, June 2, 2014.
    • End soaring cost increase for Florida Prepaid College Board
      HB 5101 signed by the Governor, June 2, 2014.
    • Reduce tuition differential
      HB 851 signed by the Governor, June 9, 2014.
  • Completed Expand Education Choices For Families In Poverty
    • Raise cap for Florida’s Tax Credit Scholarship Program, add accountability measures
      SB 850 signed by the Governor, June 20, 2014.
  • Completed Cement Link Between Education And Jobs
    • Reward performance in higher education
      HB 5001 signed by the Governor, June 2, 2014.
    • Expand Career and Professional Education (CAPE) industry certifications opportunities
      SB 850 signed by the Governor, June 20, 2014.
    • Florida Digital Classroom
      HB 5101 signed by the Governor, June 2, 2014.

Legislative Progress

2. Florida GI Bill

Military 'Welcom Home' to Florida bill signed into lawEstablish Florida as the top “Welcome Home” state for military, veterans and their families
  • Completed Expand Education And Employment Opportunities
  • Completed Invest In Florida’s Military Infrastructure
CompletedHouse Bill 7015, signed by the Governor, March 31, 2014.

Legislative Progress

3. Protect Vulnerable Floridians

Increase Safeguards for Florida’s Children and Seniors
  • Completed Improve Protections Against Sexual Offenders
    Senate Bills 522, 524, 526 and 528 signed by the Governor, April 1, 2014.
  • Completed Child Welfare Reform
    SB 1666 signed by the Governor, June 23, 2014.
  • Completed Fund Agency For Persons With Disabilities (APD) Waiting List
    HB 5001 signed by the Governor, June 2, 2014.
  • Completed Provide A Guardian Ad Litem For Every Child In The Court System
    HB 5001 signed by the Governor, June 2, 2014.
  • Improve The Transparency And Accountability Of Assisted Living Facilities
    SB 248 unanimously passed the Senate on March 18, 2014. The legislation did not pass the House of Representatives.
  • Completed Increase Funding For Child Advocacy Centers
    HB 5001 signed by the Governor, June 2, 2014.
  • Completed Better Address Human Trafficking
    HB 7141 signed by the Governor, June 17, 2014.

Legislative Progress

4. $500 Million Tax Cut

Reduce the amount of money government takes from the Floridians who earn it
  • Completed Reduce Taxes And Fees
    HB 5601, signed by the Governor, May 12, 2014.
  • Completed Lower Vehicle Registration Fees For Every Floridian Who Drives A Car
    SB 156, a $395 million annual reduction in vehicle fees, signed by the Governor on April 2, 2014.

Legislative Progress

5. Improve Government Accountability and Efficiency

Complete reform of Florida Retirement System, expand 2013 Ethics Reform
  • Strengthen the retirement system for public employees by reforming the Florida Retirement System
    SB 1114 passed several committees, but did not pass the full Senate.
  • Completed Develop Information Technology Governance Strategy For State Government
    HB 7073 signed by the Governor, June 20, 2014.
  • Completed Continue To Improve Florida's Ethics Laws
    SB 846 signed by the Governor, June 20, 2014.
    SB 1194 signed by the Governor, June 13, 2014.
  • Completed Implement Lobbyist Compensation Audits
    Guidelines (pdf) Adopted on November 4, 2013.
  • Completed Clarify Residency Requirements
    SCR 954 passed the Florida Senate and the Florida House on March 4, 2014, the opening day of the 2014 Legislative Session.

Legislative Progress

Additional Resources

Work Plan 2013:

President Gaetz and Speaker Weatherford’s Work Plan 2013 agenda included bold steps to tackle ethics and campaign finance reform, fiscally responsible changes to Florida's local public sector pension plans, innovations in Florida's higher education system and a review of Florida election laws. To date, each of the five Work Plan Florida agenda items has been signed in to law by the Governor.

Work Plan Florida
2013 Agenda

Work Plan Florida
2013 Tour