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June 23, 2015
A Message from Chris...

Dear Friends, 

As you know, the Florida Legislature has been in a special legislative session in order to tackle the tough issues facing the great state of Florida. The House and Senate has kept its promise to fulfill its constitutional duty by passing a balanced budget this past Friday, along with bringing much needed tax relief to the citizens of Florida. The tax  cuts will return over $400 million to Florida's students, families, consumers, farmers, colleges, small businesses, and active military members.  On a personal note, I started this session with a few goals in mind - reforming the Public Service Commission (PSC), assisting small business owners, providing protection and relief for condominium owners who were being forced out of their homes by corporations, and providing additional opportunities for our children. We had many successes.

Thank you for taking the time to share your views with me. I would be happy to call you if you have additional thoughts or have any questions on what I have shared with you.
As always, if there is anything my office can ever do to assist you; please do not hesitate to ask. Thank you for the honor of serving you in the Florida House.

All the best, 

Chris Sprowls

State Representative - District 65

Update: Governor Approves Public Service Commission Bill 
UPDATE,  6/10/2015 5:25 p.m.:  Governor Rick Scott approved the Public Service Commission bill along with 54 other pieces of legislation.

Wednesday, Governor Rick Scott is expected to take action on a raft of pending legislation.  One proposition will place greater restrictions on the state’s Public Service Commission.

The Public Service Commission regulates Florida’s utility companies, but some argue the agency is too closely aligned with the businesses it oversees.   Palm Harbor Republican Rep. Chris Sprowls (R-Palm Harbor) co-sponsored a bill placing numerous new constraints on the commission.

“I think it’s a great first step,” Sprowls says, “with an emphasis on great and an emphasis on first.”

Sprowls had pushed for term limits of eight years for commissioners and a two year waiting period before lawmakers could move into posts in the commission.  The final product doesn’t include the cooling off period, but it does have 12 year term limits.


Governor Rick Scott Signs 17 Bills into Law

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Governor Rick Scott signed the following bills into law today:

HB 643  Termination of a Condominium Association – This bill modifies the condominium termination process, including the rates at which certain condo unit owners are compensated.


Communication Service Tax (CST): The state of Florida had one of the highest combined CST rates in the nation prior to the passage of this legislation. HB 33 reduces the CST rate by 1.7%, and will save Florida taxpayers a combined $207.3 million in the first year. This bill leaves local government tax rates unchanged, and provides tangible savings each month.

College Textbooks: Textbooks and instructional material is a major expense of higher education. Prior to the passage of HB 33, full-time college students at a four-year university paid and average of $1,225 each year on textbooks and supplies, which breaks down to approximately $122.50 per course. HB 33 exempts college textbooks and certain instructional materials required or commended for a course from sales tax for one year. This bill will save the Florida taxpayers $41.5 million in the first year.

10-day back to school tax holiday: The Florida legislature is continuing and extending the popular "Back to School" sales tax holiday to give Florida families the opportunity to save more of their hard-earned money, while ensuring students will have all the essential tools needed to succeed and excel in the classroom. The 10-day sales tax runs from August 7th-16th and exempts the following items: Clothing items under $100 per item, including clothes, shoes, and bags; School supplies under $15 an item; The first $750 of the sales price of personal computers and computer-related accessories.
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