FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 5, 2023
Logan Elizabeth Padgett
JMI COMMENDS FLORIDA LEGISLATURE ON 2023 LEGISLATIVE SESSION
With the passage of a $117 billion state budget, the Florida Legislature concluded the 2023 session and adjourned “sine die” today.
We congratulate Speaker Paul Renner, President Passidomo, and the members of the Florida House and Senate on their many accomplishments during the 2023 session.
“The passage of universal Education Savings Accounts will go down as one of the most consequential legislative measures of the last quarter-century. Yes, the groundwork for this historic act was laid by numerous incremental steps taken by wise and prudent leaders dating back to Gov. Jeb Bush. But this year’s legislation should have a transformative effect on the K-12 education marketplace. For this year’s legislation removes all doubt that Florida is committed to the ‘free exercise’ of education rather than to one-size-fits-all Establishment schooling.” — William Mattox, Director of the Marshall Center for Educational Options
“Technology and innovation were at the forefront of legislators’ minds this session. Over the past 60 days, lawmakers passed measures that will equip students with the tools they need to stay safe on social media, make it easier for drone delivery services to operate, close the digital divide, and ban mobile applications from countries of concern on government devices. As we move into the 2024 legislative session, the legislature can build on these successes and make Florida the most tech-friendly state in the nation by passing comprehensive data privacy legislation, enacting a universal regulatory sandbox and cutting the Communications Service Tax.” — Dr. Edward Longe, Director of the Center for Technology and Innovation
“This year, the Florida Legislature showed the rest of the country what it means to govern and lead by principle. From ensuring that ESG investing has no future in Florida, to allowing people greater access to telemedicine, to cracking down on fraudulent and frivolous litigation costing Floridians thousands of dollars – among so many other accomplishments – this legislature will go down as one of the most transformative in history.” – Sal Nuzzo, Senior Vice President, The James Madison Institute
“Passing such monumental pieces of legislation while at the same time maintaining a commitment to efficient government with a budget that limits growth is a testament to the leadership of Speaker Paul Renner, President Kathleen Passidomo, and their chambers’ members. We thank you for your courage, your conviction, and your competence in delivering on what the voters elected you to do.” — Dr. Robert McClure, President and CEO, The James Madison Institute
The James Madison Institute is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the ideals of limited government, economic freedom, federalism and individual liberty coupled with individual responsibility. The institute conducts research on such issues as criminal justice, health care, taxes and regulatory environments.