Advocate for counties finalizes its legislative priorities

Gainesville Sun The Florida Association of Counties has established its game plan for the state Legislature's 2013 session as the new year nears. FAC, which represents the interests of the state's 67 counties, finalized its policy priorities at a legislative conference it held in Sarasota last week. It will focus on three primary issues in the upcoming session: Medicaid billing, juvenile detention billing and the communications services tax.

County Manager Group Formed

Over 30 County Managers, Administrators, Assistant Managers and others gathered November 29th for a full day workshop in Sarasota. Held in conjunction with the FAC Legislative Conference, the workshop provided attendees with a unique opportunity to share information and discuss the challenges facing county leaders.

Legislative Conference: FT&A Policy Committee

The FTA Policy Committee addressed a broad range of finance and tax issues affecting counties. One of the primary issues that garnered significant discussion was the future of the communications services tax. The committee adopted a position that would allow county participants on the CST Working Group / Task Force to participate in statewide discussions about modernizing current tax law to keep pace with developments in telecommunications technology.

Legislative Conference: Urban Caucus

The Urban Caucus committee met at FAC's Legislative Conference to discuss issues that were of particular importance to our larger counties. The hot issues were the Department of Corrections' proposal to shift inmates from the state prison system to county jails and recent developments in litigation surrounding the State/County shared juvenile detention system.

Leg Conference: Rural Caucus

The Rural Caucus was convened by Chair Scarlet Frisina from Columbia County. The Caucus introduced a large number of newly elected commissioners in attendance and welcomed them to the FAC family. The Caucus then heard a presentation from the Small County Coalition on their 2013 Legislative Program.