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FLC Legislative Alert: SUPPORT CS/CS/CS/SB 188 without amendments - Short-Term Rentals.
CS/CS/CS/SB 188 (Steube) was replaced by CS/HB 425 on Wednesday, May 3. Amendments were offered but before the bill was considered, it was temporarily postponed.
 
FLC Legislative Alert: Oppose HJR 7105 – Expanded Homestead Exemption.
The full Senate passed HJR 7105 on Monday, May 1, 2017 by a vote of 28-10. Because the joint resolution was amended by the Senate Rules Committee, it went back to the full House with a request to concur with the changes.The House approved HJR 7105  as amended on Tuesday, May 2. We will see the proposed constitutional amendment on the 2018 Ballot. It requires 60% voter approval to pass. 

FLC Legislative Alert: Three bills up on Thursday - Wireless Communications Infrastructure, Vacation Rentals, Municipal Election Dates. Each of these issues (CS/CS/HB 687CS/HB 425CS/CS/HB 1325) passed the House last week. Please consult the April 28 Legislative Bulletin for where these bills are now,

FLC Legislative Alert: OPPOSE HJR 7105 - Expanded Homestead Exemption.
The full House of Representatives passed HJR 7105 on Wednesday, April 26, by a vote of 81-35. See how your representative voted and thank those that sided with cities.

FLC Legislative Alert: OPPOSE HB 425 - Short-Term Vacation Rentals.
HB 425 (La Rosa) will be considered by the House Commerce Committee on Monday, April 24, at 9:00 am. Please contact Representatives on this committee and urge them to Oppose HB 425.

FLC Legislative Alert: OPPOSE CS/HB 687 - Wireless Communications Infrastructure.
CS/HB 687 (La Rosa) will be considered by the House Commerce Committee on Monday, April 24, at 9:00 am. Please contact Representatives on this committee and urge them to Oppose CS/HB 687.  
 
FLC Legislative Alert: OPPOSE HJR 7105 - Expanded Homestead Exemption.
On Tuesday, April 25, the full House of Representatives will consider HJR 7105, a Proposed Constitutional Amendment that would create an additional $25,000 exemption for homestead properties for the purposes of non-school (city, county and special district) property taxes. Please contact members of the FL House of Representatives and urge them to oppose this legislation.

FLC Legislative Alert: OPPOSE SB 7030 - Firefighter Cancer Disability Presumption.
SB 7030, a proposed committee bill, will be considered by the Senate Governmental Oversight and Accountability Committee on Monday, April 24 at 3:00 pm. Please contact Senators on this committee and urge them to OPPOSE SB 7030.
 
FLC Legislative Alert: OPPOSE CS/CS/SB 596 - Wireless Communications Infrastructure.
CS/CS/SB 596 (Hutson) passed the Senate Rules Committee on Wednesday, April 19 pm.Senator Tom Lee offered an amendment to the bill which would have removed the $100 fee cap and instead required the fee be set to reflect the market rate, but, unfortunately, the amendment failed on a voice vote. The bill is now available for action by the full chamber.

FLC Legislative Alert: OPPOSE CS/SB 1770 and CS/CS/HB 13 - Community Redevelopment Agencies (CRAs)
CS/SB 1770 (Lee) FAILED to pass the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism and Economic Development on Tuesday, April 18, by a vote of 5-2. Chairman Brandes then made a motion to reconsider the vote and "temporarily postponed" the bill. This means it is still available to be placed on the Committee's next agenda. STAY ENGAGED. CS/CS/HB 13 (Raburn) was amended and then passed by the House Government Accountability Committee on Wednesday, April 19. Now the bill

allows the creation of a new CRA, but only by enactment of a Special Act of the Legislature. The League still opposes the bill. 

FLC Legislative Alert: OPPOSE CS/SB 188 and HB 425 - Short-Term Vacation Rentals
CS/SB 188 (Steube) was considered by the Senate Community Affairs Committee on Monday, April 17.The bill was significantly amended, removing the "bad" language and now only affects those who adopted ordinances prior to June 1, 2011 (grandfathered cities). HB 425 (La Rosa) was not placed on this week's House Commerce Committee agenda. It will likely be considered next week. Stay tuned.
 
FLC Legislative Alert: OPPOSE Charter School Preemption in HB 7101.
HB 7101 (Cortes), a bill relating to K-12 Education, will be considered by the full House of Representatives on Tuesday, April 18th at 1:00 pm. Please contact members of the Florida House and ask them to remove this language from HB 7101.

FLC Legislative Alert: OPPOSE Preemptions in Construction Bill (SB 1312).
SB 1312 (Perry) will be considered by the Senate Community Affairs Committee on Monday, April 17 at 4:00 pm. The bill includes preemptions that need to be removed. Please contact Senators on this committee and urge them to remove specific provisions.
FLC Legislative Alert: OPPOSE CS/CS/SB 596 - Wireless Infrastructure
CS/CS/SB 596 (Hutson) was temporarily postponed by the Senate Rules Committee on Wednesday, April 12. Please continue to contact Senators on this Committee and Urge them to Oppose CS/CS/SB 596.

FLC Legislative Alert: OPPOSE Charter School Preemption.
On Thursday, April 6, the House Education Committee passed HB 7101 (Cortes) that relates to K-12 Education. The bill now moves to the full House chamber. Please contact your representative and urge them to oppose legislation 

FLC Legislative Alert: OPPOSE CS/HB 13 - Community Redevelopment Agencies (CRAs)
CS/HB 13 (Raburn) passed the House Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday, April 5. For the latest information on this issue, please refer to the Issue Brief.

FLC Legislative Alert: OPPOSE New Homestead Exemption.
On Wednesday, April 5, the House Ways & Means Committee approved a proposed constitutional amendment that would expand the Homestead Exemption. The bill now moves to the full House chamber. Please contact your representative and urge them to oppose legislation.

FLC Legislative Alert: OPPOSE CS/SB 188 - Short-Term Vacation Rentals.
CS/SB 188 (Steube) was temporarily postponed by the Senate Community Affairs Committee on Monday, April 3. This committee will not meet again until Week 7. Please continue to contact senators on this committee and urge them to OPPOSE CS/SB 188. 
 
FLC Legislative Alert: OPPOSE SB 1770 - Community Redevelopment Agencies (CRAs)
SB 1770 (Lee) passed the Senate Community Affairs Committee on Monday, April 3, by a vote of 5-3. Please thank Senators Jeff Clemens, Aaron Bean and Daphne Campbell for voting “No” on
SB 1770. The bill was amended to allow for the continuation or creation of CRA’s if approved by a
supermajority vote. Senator Lee, the bill sponsor, has indicated a willingness to work with FLC
and other interested parties to address outstanding concerns with the legislation.

FLC Legislative Request for Information: Municipal Elections Preemption
PCB GAC 17-03 (Government Accountability Committee) was considered by the House Government Accountability Committee on Wednesday, March 29. This proposal is different from the municipal elections preemption bill that was filed last year. Please review our issue brief on the subject and communicate your concerns to Casey Cook.

FLC Legislative Alert: OPPOSE HB 425 - Short-Term Vacation Rentals.
HB 425 (La Rosa) was considered by the House Careers & Competition Subcommittee on Tuesday, March 28. After much debate, the bill narrowly passed by a vote of 9-6. Please thank Representatives Larry Ahern, Loranne Ausley, Randy Fine, Al Jacquet, Paul Renner, and David Silvers for voting "NO" on HB 425 and supporting Home Rule. The senate companion of this bill will be heard on Monday, April 3.
 
FLC Legislative Alert: OPPOSE SB 596 - Wireless Communications (Telecom)
CS/SB 596 (Hutson) was considered by the Senate Governmental Oversight and Accountability Committee on Monday, March 27. Unfortunately, the bill passed by a vote of 5-1. We continue to oppose this bill. Please thank Senator Kevin Rader for voting against this piece of legislation. 

FLC Legislative Alert: OPPOSE SB 1770 - Community Redevelopment Agencies (CRA's).
SB 1770 (Lee) was not considered by the Senate Community Affairs Committee on Wednesday, March 22. We will keep you posted when/if the bill is placed on the committee’s next meeting agenda.

FLC Legislative Alert: OPPOSE SB 188 - Vacation Rentals
SB 188 (Steube) passed the Senate Regulated Industries Committee on Tuesday, March 21, by a vote of 7-3. Please thank Senators Travis Hutson, Randolph Bracy and Perry Thurston for opposing this bill.
 
FLC Legislative Alert: OPPOSE HB 487 & SB 330 - Local Business Tax.
HB 487 (Renner) passed the House Local, Federal & Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Tuesday, March 21. SB 330 (Steube) passed the Senate Community Affairs Committee on Wednesday, March 22. Both bills were amended to remove the $25 cap. Please thank Rep. Renner and Sen. Steube for amending their bills.
 
FLC Legislative Alert: OPPOSE HB 687 - Wireless Communications Infrastructure
On Wednesday, March 15, HB 687 (La Rosa) passed the House Energy & Utilities Subcommittee by a vote of 13-2. Thank you to Representatives Lori Berman and Bobby DuBose for opposing this legislation. Visit the TIR Policy Committee page for more information and resources.

FLC Legislative Alert: OPPOSE HB 425 - Short Term Vacation Rentals.
On Tuesday, March 14, HB 425 (La Rosa) passed the House Agriculture and Property Rights Subcommittee by a vote of 9-6. Thank you to Representatives Tom Goodson, Elizabeth Porter, Kamia Brown, Ben Diamond, Patrick Henry & Holly Raschein for opposing this legislation. The Bill is now in the House Careers & Competition Subcommittee.

FLC Legislative Alert: SUPPORT SB 80 - Public Records Reform.
On Tuesday, March 14, SB 80 (Steube) passed the Senate Community Affairs Committee unanimously. Please thank the Senators on this committee for their support. SB 80 is now awaiting action by the full Senate.

FLC Legislative Alert: SUPPORT HB 163 - Public Records Reform
HB 163 (Burgess) passed the House Oversight, Transparency and Administration Subcommittee unanimously on Wednesday, March 8. Please thank the Representatives on this committee for their support. HB 163 is now in the House Civil Justice & Claims Subcommittee. 

FLC Legislative Alert: OPPOSE HB 13 - Community Redevelopment Areas. HB 13 (Raburn) passed the House Local, Federal & Veterans Affairs Committee on Wednesday, March 8, by a vote of 9-6. Please join us in thanking Representatives Joseph Abruzzo, Daisy Baez, Kamia Brown, Mike Miller, Mel Ponder and Carlos Guillermo Smith. HB 13 has two more committee stops before reaching the House floor.

FLC Legislative Alert: OPPOSE Bad Telecom Bills
SB 596 (Hutson) passed the Senate Communications, Energy and Public Utilities Committee on Tuesday, March 7, by a vote of 7-1. Please join us in thanking Senator Daphne Campbell for opposing this legislation. The bill is now in the Senate Governmental Oversight & Accountability. Visit the TIR Policy Committee page for more information and resources.
 
FLC Legislative Alert: Oppose HB 17 - Preemption of Municipal Home Rule
HB 17 (Fine) passed the House Careers and Competition Subcommittee on Wednesday, February 22, by a vote of 9-6. Please join us in thanking Representatives Loranne Ausley, Ramon Alexander, Roy Hardemon, Shawn Harrison, Al Jacquet and David Silvers for opposing this legislation. HB 17 has one more committee stop before reaching the House floor.

The League's Lobbying Team will commence Monday Morning Conference Calls on Monday, March 6, 2017, at 9:00 am. Contact Mary Edenfield for more details.

2016-2017 Legislative Policy Committee Appointments

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The FLC App. This app is your source for all things related to legislative session and the Florida League of Cities' advocacy efforts to preserve Home Rule and protect Florida's cities from unfunded mandates.  

2017 Key Legislative Dates. Interim committee weeks, session info and policy committee meetings. 

Legislative Bulletin.
Published weekly during the lesgislative session, access summaries of bills being tracked by the FLC lobbying team. 

Issue Briefs. Summary papers for the League's legislative priorities including background information, talking points and the latest update on legislative progress.

Do You Want to become a Home Rule Hero?  Successful advocacy starts at home, not in Tallahassee. No one can tell your community’s story better than you. Each year, the League's legislative team recognizes a few local officials who make an extraordinary effort; people who stand out for their high level of participation and effectiveness. Learn more.

2017-2018 Policy Committee Appointments. Due tot he early start date of the 2018 Legislative session, the League's policy committees will meet during the summer instead of the fall. Applications to serve are due May 1.
 

Lobbying 101. This tool is designed to help you ask the right questions about proposed legislation and its sponsor(s).

Advocacy Checklist. This is a great tool to help local officials stay on task and on message during a phone call or visit with your legislator.

Local Impact Statement. Legislators frequently share that communicating a message in one page is very important and gets their attention. This resource highlights the key components to share and what to leave out.

Public Testimony 101. Preparing to provide testimony in committee? This list of tried and tested tips will keep you focused and prepare you for what to expect.

Monthly Tips. Check out our monthly tip to help city officials stay better engaged and become stronger advocates.