March 22, 2002

Legislative Activity

Date: March 22, 2002

To: AAF Members

From: Clark Rector, Jr., Vice President-State Government Affairs

Re: Florida Services Tax Proposals

Jack Hebert, legislative representative for AAF’s 4th District, reports that the Florida legislature has reached a compromise on taxes, Cabinet reform and redistricting.

The agreement would send a proposed constitutional amendment to the voters in November. The amendment would create a 12-member legislative committee that would do a three-year review of all tax exemptions starting in 2004. The committee’s recommendation to repeal or retain an exemption would have the force of law, unless specifically reversed by the legislature.

The agreement passed the House early this morning by a vote of 74-43. Significantly, the agreement is support by House Speaker Tom Feeney who has been an adamant opponent of previous plans to eliminate or review tax exemptions. The redistricting portion of the agreement creates a new central Florida congressional district centered around Speaker Feeney’s Seminole County home base. Feeney has stated his intention to run for Congress in the fall.

The agreement is expected to be considered by the Senate today.

Please do not hesitate to call me at 1-800-999-2231 if you have any questions.