Last week more than 200 county commissioners and county staff from across the state came to Tallahassee to advocate for home-rule as part of FAC’s annual Legislative Day. While Legislative Day began as an opportunity for counties to come to Tallahassee during session to lobby on behalf of FAC priority issues it has grown into an almost week long event in which Commissioners not only have a chance to meet with their Legislative peers but they are also provided a chance to participate in multiple educational workshops.
The event officially kicked off on Wednesday night with a reception at the Leon County Courthouse where Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam, and Florida House of Representative Minority Leader, Representative Mark Pafford, were featured speakers.
On Thursday Commissioners and staff attended a Legislative briefing where Sentator Jack Latvala, Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Jon Steverson and Department of Transportation Secretary Jim Boxold provided updates on legislative issues.
For updates on the Legislative issues covered last week click here or to view Lisa Hurley’s Legislative Power Point click here.
Three well-attend educational workshops where held in conjunction with the other events. Two core classes, Growth Management and Financial Management, were offered for commissioners seeking their Certified County Commissioner certification as well as the FAC’s Ethics class which allows commissioners and constitutional officers to meet their legislatively mandated ethics requirements.
FAC thanks all of our commissioners, speakers and sponsors for another successful event in Tallahassee.