I am happy to report that we have officially completed the 2022 Legislative Session. We accomplished a great deal this year by working together. There were 3,735 bills filed, with 1,896 amendments. 4,324 votes were taken, with a total of 285 bills passing both chambers and sent to Governor DeSantis. We passed a bill unanimously designating part of A1A as “Pio Ieraci Memorial Drive” for our friend and former President of the Galt Mile Community Association who passed away during the pandemic. Another priority bill that we passed was the Department of Financial Services agency bill for Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis. Finally, we passed my legislation that updates Building Regulations and makes the building process more efficient.
Through my office, I also ran multiple appropriation projects that total just over $9.1 million coming back to our community. These projects include: the Marine Research Hub for the Marine Industries of South Florida, Nancy J. Cotterman Sexual Assault Treatment Center for Broward County, Museum of Discovery and Science Resiliency Exhibit, Lauderdale by the Sea Drainage project, Fort Lauderdale Tarpon River project, Deerfield Beach Stormwater project and another project for Florida Atlantic University. Go Owls!
The overall FY 2022-2023 budget sent to the Governor totals $112.1 billion, including $43.7 billion General Revenue, $29.1 billion State Trust Funds, and $39.2 billion Federal Trust Funds.
Some of the biggest takeaways include:
We agreed to the annual tax package, delivering $685 million in savings for Floridians and includes:
As always, it is an honor to represent you as your State Representative in Tallahassee.