2014 Governmental Affairs Survey
Governmental Affairs Committee is still taking topic suggestions for the 2014
Survey, which will lay the foundation for next year's Legislative Agenda. If
there are political issues affecting your business this upcoming year or have
ideas for topics that you think should be on the survey, please send an email
Florida Chamber Recognizes Bay County
the Florida Chamber named 29 legislators as 2013 Distinguished Advocates for
their efforts in promoting pro-business legislation. Senate President Don Gaetz
and Representative Jimmy Patronis were both recognized as legislators who go
above and beyond in advocating pro-business legislative priorities. Thank you
to our state representatives for protecting our businesses and helping Bay
County be a great place to live, work, and play!
more information on this story, please visit the Florida Chamber Distinguished
Advocate page here.
National Healthcare Update
Yesterday, the White House and
Department of the Treasury announced that key provisions of the Affordable Care
Act intended to take effect in January 2014 will be delayed. The provisions
required that employers at least 50 employees offer healthcare coverage
to employees working over 30 hours a week or pay a penalty. This
coverage includes minimum essential coverage (60%) to 95% of full-time
employees and offering affordable plans less than 9.5% of income. All other
2014 provisions under the Affordable Care Act are still expected to take
To learn more about the recent
changes in healthcare implementation, read the Department of the
Treasury's statement here.
Tomorrow is Independence Day
commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain
in 1776, the document which spearheaded the effort to create a democratic
republic which defines our nation to this day. We hope you enjoy the time with
your families and get to see some fantastic fireworks around Bay County. Here
are some fun facts about Independence Day:
Before fireworks were used to
celebrate July 4th, towns such as Salem, Massachusetts would set up
large bonfires as their centerpieces and see how large they could make them.
The Declaration of Independence was
approved on July 4th
but was actually signed by all the delegates on August
. Each member of Congress signed approximately to the
geographic location of their state.
John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, both signers of the
Declaration and future presidents of the United States, died within hours of
each other on the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the
Declaration of Independence in 1826.
more Independence Day history and fun facts.
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