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Here are the priorities this session for one of Tallahassee’s most powerful lobbying groups

Hint: they support offshore drilling and oppose fracking bans.
SCOTT KEELER   |   Times
Lobbyists, Florida lawmakers and their staffs, members of the media and others enjoy drinks and food at the annual Associated Industries of Florida kickoff party Monday night, March 4, 2019 in Tallahassee. Tuesday begins the annual sixty day Florida Legislative session.
SCOTT KEELER | Times Lobbyists, Florida lawmakers and their staffs, members of the media and others enjoy drinks and food at the annual Associated Industries of Florida kickoff party Monday night, March 4, 2019 in Tallahassee. Tuesday begins the annual sixty day Florida Legislative session.
Published Mar. 5, 2019

Lower taxes. Lighter regulations. Fewer lawsuits.

Those are the general priorities this session for Associated Industries of Florida, a not-for-profit backed the state’s largest corporations and one of the most influential lobbying groups in the state.

(The group is such a presence in Tallahassee that when one freshman lawmaker turned down an invitation to an AIF party in December, it made headlines.)

The organization, which has given millions to lawmakers, last week released its list of priorities for the legislative session, which begins today. They include:

  • Funding for VISIT Florida and help for the state’s film industry
  • Opposing making E-Verify checks mandatory for Florida businesses
  • Reforming the assignment-of-benefits system and limiting attorney’s fees and lawsuits
  • Reducing the sales tax on commercial electricity and gas consumption and eliminating corporate income tax on manufacturing and retail businesses
  • Opposing bans on fracking and supporting offshore drilling

AIF President and CEO Tom Feeney, a former speaker of the Florida House, praised Gov. Ron DeSantis’ proposed record budget in a statement on Thursday.

“We applaud Governor DeSantis and the Legislature for continuing to propel Florida forward and making the Sunshine State one of the best places to do business in the United States," Feeney said.

You can read the entire list of of AIF’s priorities here.

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