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Session 2016 Final Report

Updated March 16: Following the Governor’s Budget Veto Release


Following the adjournment of the 2016 Session, legislative staff works to engross amendments and publish official copies of bills that pass both chambers.  Those enrolled bills are signed by the presiding officers and presented to the Governor.  Upon receipt the Governor has fifteen days to act on the bill or it automatically becomes law per the Florida Constitution. 


On Tuesday, March 15, Governor Scott took unprecedented action and announced his planned action on the proposed 2016-17 budget, prior to receiving the enrolled budget from the Legislature.  He preemptively published a list of $256.1 million in vetoed projects and stated in his letter, “upon formal receipt of the state budget from the Legislature, the actions I articulated above will be submitted to the Secretary of State with my signature.”   The Governor took official action when the budget, HB 5001 The General Appropriations Act, was presented to the Governor on March 17.


The largest state budget in history, the $82.3 billion budget begins July 1. Major components include increasing per student public school funding to a record amount, $151 million for restoration of the Everglades, a tax package totaling $400 million, and $1.3 billion for disabled services. 


For the most recent action on enrolled legislation, visit the Governor’s Bill Action website, which is updated daily by the Executive Office of the Governor. 



Red strikethrough denotes Governor’s veto and message.



Conference Report HB 5001

James and Esther King Biomedical Research Program

$10 million


Bankhead & Coley Cancer Research Program

$10 million

Florida Consortium of National Cancer Institutes Centers Program


$60 million

Funds provided: “for the Florida Consortium of National Cancer Institute (NCI) Centers Program established in section 381.915, Florida Statutes. Cancer centers are eligible for Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 designation to participate in the Florida Consortium of National Cancer Institute (NCI) Centers Program as follows: H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute is eligible for Tier 1 designation as a NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center; and the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and the University of Florida Health Shands Cancer Hospital are eligible for Tier 3 designation in the Florida Consortium of NCI Centers Program.”

Endowed Chair of Cancer Research

$2 million

Funds directed: “to the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center of Jacksonville to fund an endowed cancer research chair pursuant to section 381.922(4), Florida Statutes.”

Ed and Ethel Moore Alzheimer’s Disease Research Program

$5 million

Funds provided: “for the Ed and Ethel Moore Alzheimer’s Disease Research Program established in section 381.82, Florida Statutes.”

Statewide Cancer Registry at the Florida Department of Health: this registry is the largest population-based, cancer incidence registry in the nation. These enhancements will allow the registry to collect information on cases which not only occur in hospitals, but in community oncologists’ offices.


Funds are “provided to increase the current contract expenditure to enhance the legislatively mandated, statewide, population-based Cancer Registry based on the recommendations made by the Florida Cancer Control and Research Advisory Council. Enhancements will include three core functions: strengthen overall registry completeness by including laboratory reports, improvement of quality assurance activities, and improvement of data utilization by creating an automated web-based data request system.”

Economic Development “Tools”



$18 million

Funds are provided for “payments and tax refunds in Fiscal Year 2016-2017 for the following programs: Qualified Target Industry (QTI) Business Tax Refund; QTI Tax Refund - Brownfield Redevelopment Bonus; Brownfield Redevelopment Tax Refund; High-Impact Business Performance (HIPI) Grant; and Qualified Defense Contractor and Space Flight (QDSC) Business Tax Refund. Payments may only be made for projects that meet the statutory eligibility requirements. Funds may not be released for any other purpose and may only be disbursed when projects are certified to have met all contracted performance requirements. Funds provided in Specific Appropriation 2229 from the Economic Development Trust Fund represent local matching funds.”

Tax Incentives


·         Reduction of the Sales Tax on Commercial Leases

·         Permanent Elimination of the Sales Tax on Manufacturing Equipment

·         Research and Development Corporate Income Tax Credit

Leadership agreed to $400 million total for tax package.


The policy for which tax incentives are included and to what amount (in the $400 million total) are the content of the substantive tax package, HB 7099, one of the final bills to pass the House and Senate.


The enrolled version of HB 7099 includes:

· Permanent elimination of the state sales tax on equipment and machinery purchases by manufacturers, and

· Retains $9 million base for the research and development corporate income tax credit.


Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research

$5.5 million


Enterprise Florida

·         Operations and Business Development

·         “Marketing the State for Business”

Enterprise Florida operations: $15 million

“Marketing Florida as a Business Destination”: $8.5 million

Additional Biomedical Research Funding


(This is a general list, if any BioFlorida member has a specific inquiry please reach out.)

Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute: $5.6 million


The following are vetoed because they are biomedical research funding projects allocated on an uncompetitive basis to institutions not affiliated with academic institutions in the state. Direct appropriations to these entities would also not provide the appropriate safeguards on taxpayer investment that is provided in the Department of Economic Opportunity vetting process. (Pg. 25 of the transmittal letter)

Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies: $500,000

Scripps Research Institute: $2 million

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