As session begins on Tuesday, business lobby is poised to pounce
The 2012 legislative session will be preoccupied with the once-a-decade chore of redistricting, but a broad spectrum of trade groups and lobbyists is still hoping to capitalize on its probusiness momentum from 2011 with an aggressive agenda.
Several powerful lobbying groups have laid out legislative wish lists in slick publications that tout their roles as "job creators" and call on lawmakers to fight the state's high rate of unemployment. With jobs still ranking as the top priority of Gov. Rick Scott, several of those wishes are likely to be granted.
When the nine-week legislative session opens Tuesday, lobbyists will be out in force to support business-friendly bills that range from education to taxes and business costs.