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Dean Mead’s 2016 Florida Legislative Update Series

Published: June 28th, 2016

Dean Mead hosts the annual “Florida Legislative Update” series in various cities throughout the state. On June 14, 2016, our firm partnered with the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast to offer this program in Brevard County. More than 80 business leaders attended the breakfast program with special guests who participated on the panel including: Senator Thad Altman, Representative Tom Goodson, and Representative Ritch Workman. Pete Dunbar, managing shareholder of Dean Mead’s Tallahassee office, moderated the lively panel discussion.

Guest speakers addressed highlights from the 2016 legislative session covering a host of topics from water and agriculture to transportation and economic development. While the Brevard delegation members were bullish on Brevard County’s job growth, they were pessimistic on any legislative reinstitution of cash incentives for new business. Rep. Goodson challenged the group to come up with other types of economic development incentives for them to advocate. He also urged the audience to stay engaged in legislative issues of interest.

The delegation members said they were happy with the level of financial support this year for the Indian River Lagoon clean-up efforts.  At the same time, they acknowledged that we are playing catch up and that it may take 10 to 20 years to fully realize the Lagoon restoration efforts. Sen. Altman, who has been a vocal critic of the legislative response to Amendment 1, was pleased with the commitment for future funding in the Legacy Florida legislation. Rep. Workman lauded the Legislature’s conservative balancing of tax cuts and spending and was optimistic that this cautious approach would give future opportunities for more tax cuts. He noted that the only states with better business tax environments than Florida had far less desirable climates.

L to R: Rep. Ritch Workman, Rep. Tom Goodson, Sen. Thad Altman

L to R: Rep. Ritch Workman, Rep. Tom Goodson, Sen. Thad Altman

Dean Mead teamed up with the St. Lucie Chamber of Commerce and the St. Lucie Economic Development Commission to host the same program on May 4, 2016, at the Pelican Yacht Club with more than 120 people in attendance. The special guests on the panel were Senator Joe Negron and Representative Larry Lee, with Pete Dunbar serving as moderator. Both lawmakers agreed that the Senate and House worked well together leading to a successful 2016 Regular Legislative Session. Incoming Senate President Negron indicated that he expects the spirit of cooperation between the legislative bodies to continue during his presidency.

Pete Dunbar, Terissa Aronson - St. Lucie Chamber of Commerce, Joel Zwemer, Sen. Joe Negron, Rep. Larry Lee, Dr. Ed Massey - Indian River State College

Pete Dunbar, Terissa Aronson – St. Lucie Chamber of Commerce, Joel Zwemer, Sen. Joe Negron, Rep. Larry Lee, Dr. Ed Massey – Indian River State College

Dean Mead hosted the 2016 Florida Legislative Update on August 18, 2016, at the Country Club of Orlando. The program covered an overview of the new laws and the changes imposed as a result of key bills from the 2016 Legislative Session affecting real estate, water, agriculture, wealth management and business, transportation and economic development. Guest speakers were Senator David Simmons, Representative Mike Miller and Representative Rene Plasencia. Peter M. Dunbar, Managing Shareholder in Dean Mead’s Tallahassee office served as the moderator.

L to R: Rep. Mike Miller, Sen. David Simmons, Peter M. Dunbar, Rep. Rene Plasencia

L to R: Rep. Mike Miller, Sen. David Simmons, Peter M. Dunbar, Rep. Rene Plasencia


Our Government Relations, Lobbying and Administrative Law Team provided periodic updates during the 2016 Florida Legislative Session.

Dean Mead hosted the 2016 Florida Legislative Session Update on August 18, 2016.  Click here for full a full video re-cap from this event.

The video from this event as well as an overview may be viewed below:

Dean Mead Capitol Report