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2015 Legislative End of Session Report

The House abruptly adjourned Sine Die three days early. The Senate worked through its docket of bills and adjourned Sine Die on Friday, May 1, 2015, at 11:59 p.m. Lawmakers will return for a Special Session to pass the state's budget before the fiscal year ends on June 30.


2015 Legislative Agenda: Talking Points

Florida’s 140,000 Realtors® are committed to strengthening Florida’s economy — the 18th largest in the world. Creating a business-friendly state will be an incentive for corporations to relocate and expand here, buy and lease commercial space and create jobs. With job certainty, families are more likely to buy a home and invest in our communities.

Equally important, housing is a crucial component of the state’s economy.

  • The real estate sector (including leasing services) accounted for 21 percent of the state’s Gross State Product in 2013, or $168 billion.
  • In 2013, property taxes contributed $26.5 billion to local governments, school boards and other taxing districts.
  • Real estate activity creates jobs. In 2013, 244,000 workers were employed in the construction, real estate, rental and leasing sectors.

Real estate drives the Florida economy, and Realtors are working hard to keep our economic engine strong.

Read more about Florida Realtors’ key legislative priorities:

Commercial lease tax study 

Get details, analyses and summary findings from this exclusive report prepared by Fishkind and Associates. The report examines and evaluates the economic impact of sales tax exemptions for commercial leases in Florida. 


Continuing initiatives: 
Florida Realtors will continue to focus on revitalizing the state's economy and strengthening the real estate market. Realtors will oppose legislation that could hinder Florida’s real estate market recovery and support proposals that encourage job creation and economic growth.

Historical timeline of legislative initiatives
Review the motions and initiatives that Florida Realtors has supported in the past 26 years.