• Lisa Hurley testified in House Appropriations in support of HB 5305, which would amend the cost-share arrangement between counties and the Department of Juvenile Detention and result in a collective positive fiscal of more than $20 million. A dozen counties also waived in support of the bill.
  • FAC’s membership adopted a resolution in support of HB 5305 during FAC’s Legislative Day; the resolution ratifies the Legislative Executive Committee’s position on juvenile detention cost-sharing.    
  • Bills to fund homelessness programs by Senator Jack Latvala (SB 1090) and Representative Kathleen Peters (HB 979) passed favorably out of their first committees of reference.
  • Senator Jack Latvala addressed county commissioners during the FAC legislative briefing. Senator Latvala provided an update on his bills to address homelessness throughout the state and other legislative priorities.
  • FAC hosted a panel on homelessness at its Legislative Briefing this week, with participants including Representative Kathleen Peters, Department of Veterans’ Affairs Executive Director Colonel Mike Prendergast and the Florida Affordable Housing Coalition’s Jaimie Ross. 
  • FAC’s Davin Suggs testified in House Finance & Tax on the House Tax package expressing concerns regarding a proposed utility tax swap that impacts local revenues. 
  • Rep. Steube’s bill that collects the E-911 fee on prepaid wireless (HB 175) passed the full House unanimously.  
  • FAC’s Susan Harbin testified against the preemption language in HB 169, relating to nicotine products. Several counties, the Florida League of Cities, and public health groups also opposed the preemption, which passed with five no votes and a commitment from the sponsor to address preemption concerns.
  • FAC’s Eric Poole testified in Senate Appropriations against the expansion of DRI exemptions (SB 372) and gave testimony on HB 1389 (Chauffeured Limousines).  
  • SB 1464 (Sen. Simpson) relating to environmental regulation was significantly modified to remove harmful preemptions. FAC’s Stephen James testified in support of the helpful amendments.