Sebring Chamber Hosts 2nd Annual Legislative Review Luncheon

SEBRING — The Florida Legislature progressed on a few issues this past session, local legislators said this week.

One issue involved funding for Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida programs, said State Rep. Cary Pigman, R-Avon Park.

While Gov. Rick Scott wanted to continue funding of the programs, some legislators wanted to defund them because of past questionable expenditures, Pigman said.

The Legislature ended up putting some safeguards in place to help prevent that from happening again and funding was approved, Pigman said.

Pigman and State Sen. Denise Grimsley, R-Sebring, talked to the Greater Sebring Chamber of Commerce about the recent legislative session.

Another issue dealt with was medical marijuana, Pigman said on Wednesday. Legislators ended up passing legislation on the number of permissible distribution centers and how people can use the medical marijuana.

Medical marijuana patients will be able to ingest and vape it. Pigman said he doesn’t feel that smoking marijuana contributes to medical benefits.

Pigman also said the contentious issue of gambling has been temporarily resolved. Scott has reached an agreement with the Seminole Tribe that will allow Seminole casinos to continue to operate while the state continues to receive money from the Florida tribe.

Grimsley said among other things the Legislature also passed legislation allowing for a school tax-free weekend for residents.

Grimsley will continue to seek to boost money for the 4H and Future Farmers of America programs, saying she sees how those programs benefit youth.


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