Linda Hudson Brings Home Rule to Tallahassee
Members of the Florida League of Cities Visited State Capitol to advocate for Home Rule in Tallahassee
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – City officials from across the state gathered this week in Tallahassee to discuss the latest issues and developments affecting municipalities and how they are being addressed in Tallahassee during the current legislative session. These issues are all part of the Florida League of Cities 2015 legislative agenda.
This year’s priorities include reforming police and firefighter pension plans, addressing the taxation of communications services, ensuring local authorities retain the power to regulate municipal water infrastructure systems, reauthorization and improvement of the Enterprise Zone program, preserving local control of transportation planning and establishing minimum standards for sober home facilities.
“As Mayor, I joined with other city representatives to share concerns about issues that affect Florida cities, in general. At the same time, I tried to share with Treasure Coast legislators what will help and hurt Fort Pierce, in particular. Legislators look to officials to help them understand issues that will have adverse and beneficial effects on local government. Rep. Gayle Harrell discussed her work on legislation regulating Sober Homes, while Larry Lee, Jr. shared his work on funds to support the National UDT-SEAL Museum and early childhood literacy,” said Mayor Hudson.
The events began Tuesday, March 17, with an opening luncheon and legislative briefing followed by meetings with lawmakers at the Capitol. Nearly 200 city officials, including more than 50 mayors, participated in Florida League of Cities 2015 Legislative Action Days.
“Local government officials know better than anyone how important it is for municipalities to be empowered to make decisions that are best for each unique community at the local level,” said Florida League of Cities President and Miramar Mayor Lori Moseley. “Bringing the voice of citizens from across the state to Tallahassee will provide valuable perspective to lawmakers as they consider issues that will impact our cities, towns and villages.”
In addition to meeting with state lawmakers, attendees also heard from , Rep. Debbie Mayfield of Vero Beach and Tallahassee host Mayor Andrew Gillum.