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 for January 10, 2013
January 10, 2013

Governmental Affairs Committee 2013


The Governmental Affairs Committee has started this year moving at full speed! Rob Jackson has agreed to take on another term as Chairman of the committee. We thank him for all his work and dedication this past year and look forward to a very active 2013.


If you are interested in serving on the 2013 Governmental Affairs Committee, please contact Pat Holley at . 


Legislative Agenda


The 2013 Legislative Agenda has been approved by the Governmental Affairs Committee and will be brought before the Board of Directors next week. Once approved by the Board, the agenda will be available to all members. The committee will be sending a delegation to Tallahassee on January 23 to discuss the items on the agenda with some of Bay County's elected officials.


Representative Patronis Appointed to Florida Defense Task Force

State Representative Jimmy Patronis has been elected to serve on the Florida Defense Support Task Force this term. The Florida Defense Support Task Force works to preserve, protect, and enhance Florida's military installations, as well as strengthening state support for military families and veterans. Representative Patronis released a statement stating he is "honored to receive this appointment and looks forward to continuing to support not only our military missions and installations, but also our military families and veterans." For more information on the Florida Defense Support Task Force, click here

Southerland Named Sophomore Class Representative for House Republicans

U.S. Representative Steve Southerland was elected by the members of 2010 Republican class to serve as sophomore class representative to the House Republican leadership. Southerland is the first member of Congress to be chosen for this newly-created position, and succeeds Representatives Tim Scott (R-SC) and Kristi Noem (R-SD) who served as freshman class representatives for the 112th Congress. As sophomore representative, Southerland will help shape the Republican Party's agenda and act as a liaison between House leadership and sophomore representatives. For more information on Southerland's appointment, click here .  

Bay Biz Correction: Political Perspective

State Representative Jimmy Patronis was inadvertently omitted from the list of re-elected officials for 2013 in the January Bay Biz released earlier this week. The following excerpt was intended to be included in the article:


            Florida House of Representatives District 6: Jimmy Patronis (Republican)


Jimmy Patronis has represented Bay County in the Florida House since 2006, and ran unopposed in the November General Election. In his electoral platform, Patronis emphasized sticking to his Bay County roots and tackling today's state issues with common sense, conservatism, and Christian values. He has previously served as Vice Chair on the Committee on Health Innovation, and held positions on various committees including Infrastructure, Military and Veterans' Affairs, and the Healthcare Council. Patronis endorses home-owners' rights, affordable healthcare, top quality public education, protection of sportsmen's rights, and keeping the costs of government down on the average taxpayer.


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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