Manufacturing Days at The Capitol
MRMA Executive Director, Rob Adamiak will be going up to Tallahassee January 31 and February 1 to meet with legislators regarding issues important to manufacturers and logistics companies. If you have issues that you would like to be addressed, please contact him. There are several issues that we are currently working on and monitoring. Please review legislative report below for information on activities for last week including those of our lobbyists through our membership in MAF. Also review the details of our next MRMA meeting/tour.
MRMA February Meeting/Tour
JOIN US as we tour the Engineering and Manufacturing Institute of Technology (EMIT) on Thursday, February 9th from 11:30am until 1:00pm
WHERE: Forest High School, 5000 SE Maricamp Rd, Ocala, FL 34480
COST: $10.00 for members, $20.00 for non-members
EMIT mission is to prepare students to enter postsecondary colleges or universities in engineering, by implementing instructional strategies that incorporate technology as a part of their hands-on, rigorous academic (Honors and AP), integrated curriculum, using authentic problem-solving tasks that culminate in a presentation, construction, and defense in all fields of engineering during their four years in EMIT. Their program of study, which is timely and relevant, meet 21st Century Skills and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education goals. EMIT is a place where students are challenged to think, to become active participants in the learning process, and to integrate knowledge with its use, so that every student is successful.
PLEASE NOTE: You MUST bring a picture id with you in order to be able to enter the school. Please park in the front of the school or the east parking lot
A Week in the Halls: January 22-26, 2018
The House Ways and Means Committee met on January 22 to discuss tax reduction proposals which may or may not be included in the House “Tax” package for this Session. Among those bills were HB 939 Tax on Sales by Rep. Toledo and HB 409 Tax on Commercial Real Property by Rep. Ahern. HB 939 reduces the sales tax on commercial leases and rents by another .8%, taking the tax down to 5%. HB 409 exempts $10,000 worth of rent from tax each year until 100% of the rent/lease amount is exempt at the end of 10 years (2028). The fiscal impact to the state on HB 939 is $218 million. The fiscal impact of HB 409 is $429 million.
Nancy Stephens, MAF, testified at the meeting in favor of reducing the tax on commercial leases and rents. There was definitely interest in making additional progress on reducing this tax and interest in giving small businesses an advantage in tax reduction. In the end, how the House proposes to reduce the tax will depend on how much money they can allocate to this tax cut.
Rep. Ascencio has sponsored HB 711 that establishes a Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion. While well intended, it dos not get to the heart of the matter with apprenticeships and is woefully inadequate in the area of industry representation; no manufacturer is on the Task Force. Amanda Bowen, MAF, has been working with the sponsor to develop an amendment that meets manufacturers’ needs. Thanks to the Space Coast EDC and MASC for supporting the MAF efforts. The companion bill, SB 1388, will be heard in the Senate on January 29 for the first time. Expect compromise amendments later in the process.
HB 1149 Environmental Regulation addresses recycling, reclaimed water use, and consumptive use permits. The bill passed the House Natural Resources Committee on January 23. The companion, SB 1308, passed the Senate Environmental Preservation Committee on January 22. This appears to be the omnibus environmental bill for the Session.
SB 1402 Assumption of Federal Section 404 Dredge and Fill Program had its first hearing in the Senate on January 22 and passed the Senate Environmental Regulation Committee unanimously. The House bill has been introduced as HB 7043 and referred to committees.
MAF is watching these bills closely to make sure that they accomplish our members’ needs at final passage.
ANHYDROUS AMMONIA THEFT
SB 928 Theft by Senator Bracy passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on January 25. The bill deletes anhydrous ammonia from named substances, the theft of which is a third-degree felony. Nancy Stephens, MAF, spoke against removing anhydrous ammonia from the law. As a result, Sen. Bracy stated he would work with MAF on the issue. The bill passed 6-4 and now goes to Senate Rules where it is expected to get a chilly reception. The biggest issue for the bill is disagreement on what constitutes a felony – theft of something that is $300 in value or $1,500 in value. The House Bill, HB 713 by Rep. Donalds, will have its first hearing on January 30 in the House. Rep. Donalds is expected to leave anhydrous ammonia in the law.
CS/SB 88 High School Graduation Requirements by Senator Hukill requires high school students to earn ½ credit in personal financial literacy. This bill has passed the Senate and is waiting action in the House of Representatives. CS/HB 323, the companion bill, makes the ½ credit in personal financial literacy optional. It passed the House Pre-K Education Quality Subcommittee on January 23. MAF has historically been supportive of the mandatory ½ credit in personal financial literacy, and prefers it over the optional credit.