Should Orlando be Florida's capital? One lawmaker wants to make it happen
ORLANDO, Fla. (FOX 35 ORLANDO) - So many tourists flock to Orlando each year to visit attractions like Walt Disney World, SeaWorld and Universal Studios that one could think that Orlando is the state capital over Tallahassee.
A new bill proposed by one Florida lawmaker wants to make that a real thing.
Senator Kevin Rader (D-Boca Raton) filed SB 492 on March 5 and included a request for the state's Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability to conduct a study about relocating the capital to Orlando.
According to the Orlando Business Journal, the bill wants the office to consider the following in their study:
- Ease of travel to the state capital for the public
- Total cost of travel to and from the state capital for members of the Legislature during interim committee weeks and legislative session
- Relocating the State Captiol Building; the Supreme Court; the offices of the governor, lieutenant governor and the cabinet; as well as the the legislative branch of state government to Orlando
- The associated costs of such relocation to the city
- The economic impact of relocating the state capital on the city of Tallahassee, Leon County and the surrounding areas
- Necessary changes to state law in order to relocate the state capital
A full report of the findings would need to be presented by December 15, 2020 if the bill passes.