Bay County Chamber of Commerce

Bay County Chamber of Commerce

235 West 5th Street

Panama City, FL 32401


Phone: 850.785.5206

Fax: 850.763.6229





Governmental Affairs Update July 3, 2013
July 3, 2013

2014 Governmental Affairs Survey

The 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 to

Florida Chamber Recognizes Bay County Legislators

Today 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!

For 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 effect.

To learn more about the recent changes in healthcare implementation, read the Department of the Treasury's statement here.  

Tomorrow is Independence Day

This July 4th we 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 2nd . 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.

Click here for more Independence Day history and fun facts.

Florida House of Representatives - Click here to find and contact your Representative

Florida Senate - Click here to find and contact your Senator

United States House of Representatives - Click here to find and contact your Congressman

Senators of the United States Congress - Click here to find and contact your Senator



If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact one of our staff members.




The mission of the Bay County Chamber of Commerce is to create superior value for all chamber members large and small, cultivate economic and personal development, promote and protect a competitive system of business, be a community leader while embracing Bay County’s opportunities and challenges.


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