Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis addressed 250 attendees at the Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce's 2019 Legislative Luncheon. Patronis' remarks focused on some key issues that will be considered during the 2019 legislative session. The most prominent issue that Patronis will try to reform this year is Assignment of Benefits (AOB). This issue has become more prominent following the hurricanes that have struck Florida the past few years. Patronis cited legislation filed by State Senator Doug Broxson as important in protecting Florida consumers from unscrupulous actors.
Patronis also stressed that the Northwest Florida delegation needs to stick together to make sure that our area's interests are addressed during session. Patronis also took questions from attendees.
The luncheon also featured remarks from Chamber Board Chairman Steve Moorhead, who highlighted the Chamber's advocacy accomplishments in 2018 and an overview of current Chamber activities. Chamber Policy Committee Chairman Ray Walker provided his vision for the Policy Committee and indicated that the committee will look at doing a local government event similar to the Legislative Luncheon.
The Legislative Luncheon was also attended by State Representatives Jayer Williamson, Mike Hill, and Alex Andrade as well as Pensacola Mayor Grover Robinson, Escambia County Commissioners Steven Barry and Robert Bender and ECUA Board Member Vicki Campbell.