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Daily Legislative Brief from April 13, 2017


SB 1536-Relating to Agricultural Practices 
On Thursday, April 13th, SB 1536, by Senator Keith Perry (R-Gainesville), was heard by the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Finance and Tax and passed by a vote of 4 yeas to 1 nay. AIF stood in support of this bill.

This bill clarifies that livestock, poultry and aquaculture medical supplies are exempt from sales tax. The bill repeals a supplemental pesticide registration fee which was added to bi-annual pesticide registrations. The bill also expands the travel radius limitations on the state restricted agricultural tag from "150" miles to statewide.

SB 1536 will now go to the Senate Committee on Appropriations to be heard.

AIF SUPPORTS the various provisions of this bill which help our agricultural industry remain competitive and continue to be a driving force in Florida's economy.

HB 5401-Pesticide Registration
On Thursday, April 13th, HB 5401, by the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee and Representative Chuck Clemons (R-Jonesville), was read for a third time on the House floor and passed unanimously by a vote of 115 yeas to 0 nays. AIF stood in support of this bill.

This legislation repeals a supplemental pesticide registration fee on certain products sold in Florida. The supplemental fee was established in 2009 as a mechanism to boost state revenue and help balance the budget.

HB 5401 will go on to the Senate floor to be heard.

AIF SUPPORTS this legislation which removes a duplicative fee on businesses.