Florida Municipal Achievement Award Winners
The Florida League of Cities today announced the following cities as winners of its 6th Annual Florida Municipal Achievement Awards: City Spirit Award - City of Parkland, Florida Citizenship Award - City of DeLand, Environmental Stewardship Award - City of Pembroke Pines. Click here to learn more about the award-winning entries.
Legislative Policy Development Process
Attention City Officials (elected and non-elected): The Florida League of Cities is pleased to announce the start of the League’s legislative policy process for 2014 – 2015 and we need your input. The policy committees develop the League’s legislative priorities and help League staff understand the real world implications of proposed legislation. Sign-up for a policy committee online
or click more for additional details.
Municipal Parking Meters on State Right-of-Ways Request for Information
Florida municipalities are required to provide the Florida Transportation Commission a written inventory of all parking meters located on state right-of-ways and the amount of revenue collected from those locations over the past three fiscal years. This report is due on or before August 31, 2014.
FAST Fly-in to Washington, D.C.
Mark Your Calendar!
Plan to attend the FAST Fly‐in to
Washington, D.C. September 9-10, 2014. The first scheduled event is a
federal briefing at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 9 at the National League
of Cities Office in Washington DC.
Florida League of Cities Apparel Now Available
Visit the Florida League of Cities webstore for all of your League-themed apparel! Browse through a variety of items, including clothing, hats and bags, that are great for work, meetings, leisure, League conferences and other events. Click here
to visit the store.
Creating a City Youth Council
The Florida League of Cities is pleased to announce the winners of the Third Annual Municipal Youth Council Video Competition. The goal of the program was to provide a way for Florida’s youth councils to showcase their ideas, creativity and commitment to their community.The competition asks youth councils to look at their own community and think about key issues affecting young citizens. Click here to view the winning videos.
Growing from a small number of cities
and towns, our membership now represents more than 400 cities, towns and
villages in the Sunshine State. Click here
to learn more about Florida's
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for a list of positions open. Click
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Majority Power and Regret
Earlier this week, I wrote about legislative majorities’
power and short-sightedness. I argued that those in the majority often are
tempted to address what amount to somewhat personal frustrations with having
been in the minority, or having other branches of the government not behave as
one would wish. I also argued, from historical examples, that such exercise of
majority power often leads to what I’ll call “legislators’ regret.”
Which leads me to the Florida Legislature’s decision to
Last month, a federal appeals court declared that a law passed by the
Florida Legislature that prohibits doctors from asking about guns in the
household of a patient is “legitimate regulation of professional conduct.”
ON TAP @ THE CAP - May 2, 2014
Source: Scott Dudley
Nineteenth century German Chancellor Otto von Bismark is credited with saying that lawmaking is like making sausage. Colorado State University professor John Straayer also offers several unique descriptions of the legislative process. The first is the legislature as an arena in which "a score of basketball games are progressing, all at one time, on the same floor, with games at different stages, with participants playing on several teams at once, switching at will, opposing each other in some instances and acting as teammates in others." Professor Straayer also compares the legislature to a casino, where there are lots of tables, lots of games, the stakes are high, there are winners and losers, but the outcome is only final until the next game commences and there is always another game planned for the future.
Thought about RMPE?
Source: Scott Blaser, CSP, Director, Risk Control
Thought about RMPE?
As I wrap up our first online meeting for the League’s Risk Management for Public Entities (RMPE) study group, I would be remiss if I did not let everyone know of this group, once again, and how it can help you obtain your RMPE certification.