Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce to Host 21st Annual Legislative Breakfast

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With a special session scheduled for June, the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce welcomes their annual Legislative Breakfast event.

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Hosted by the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce on May 21, 2015, the 20th Annual Legislative Breakfast welcomes members and delegates to discuss the rest of the 2015 legislative session. The event will be at 1111 N. McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater, Fl. 33759 at Ruth Eckerd Hall, from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on May 21, 2015. Attendance at this annual event is $25 for chamber members and $30 for non-members.

Director of Government Relations for BayCare Health Systems, Keri Eisenbeis, will moderate the breakfast, giving legislators the time and ability to briefly speak on their individual accomplishments. Eisenbeis will then direct specific questions towards members of the delegation followed by an open-floor Q&A session. This rare opportunity to interact between legislative delegates and the Chamber is the main impetus behind the annual breakfast.

Due to House Speaker, Steve Crisafulli, ending regular session for the House of Representatives three days early, dozens of major legislative bills were left for dead and consequently tensions escalated between the House and Senate over the unfinished healthcare debate. Leaving the session incomplete, the calling of a special session was enforced for both chambers.

With a $4 billion divide in the early budget plans between the two chambers, the regular 60-day session ended on May 1 with only the Senate going through with the full term. This became the first time in Florida’s history that one chamber shut down and went home on a different day than the other during a regular session.

A special session has been scheduled from June 1 to June 20 between the two chambers to finish discussing lingering budget issues.

About Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce:

Established in 1922, the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce (CRCC) set out with the vision to be the premier voice of business in the Clearwater region. Representing more than 850 member businesses, the CRCC is one of the largest chambers in the Bay Area, and has become a large and powerful voice for its members through its ability to partner with other agencies and advocate on behalf of business and its members. CRCC’s mission is to enhance the business environment and promote economic health and growth in the Clearwater region. For more information, visit

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