FAC Medical Marijuana Summit

Join local government officials from across the state to discuss the issues surrounding the legalization of medical marijuana and implementation of Amendment 2 in Florida. In accordance with our mission, FAC is focusing on education and collaboration to bring together industry and policy experts to provide insight into Florida’s emerging medical marijuana industry, discuss challenges arising in other states, provide alternative approaches to local regulations, and an update on proposed legislation and state rulemaking.  

New Commissioner Workshop – February 1-2, 2017

The Florida Association of Counties is pleased to offer an educational workshop designed specifically for newly elected commissioners.  Mark your calendars for the New Commissioner Workshop on February 1-2, 2017 in Alachua County at the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center.  This in-depth, 1½ day workshop will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 1 and ends with a reception on the evening of Thursday, February 2. 

Have you completed your Ethics requirement for 2016 yet?

FAC offers the solution for your last minute 2016 Ethics needs – the ONLINE Ethics Workshop!  Just $75. During the 2013 Legislative Session, the Florida legislature passed ethics legislation requiring that Commissioners and other Constitutional Officers take four hours of Ethics programming each calendar year.  For the last twenty years, FAC has offered a mandatory Ethics course as part of FAC’s Certified County Commissioner (CCC) Program that meets the requirements addressed in this legislation.  FAC continues to offer this course and has added several programming options to make it convenient for Commissioners, County Staff and Constitutional Officers to complete this Ethics, Public Records & Sunshine Law requirement.  You will receive certificates of Completion once you attend the entire workshop. 

FACT Board Welcomes New Members

During the December Annual Meeting of the Florida Association of Counties Trust (FACT), the Board of Trustees approved four new members, and re-elected one member for another term. In total, five new Trustees have joined the FACT Board following the 2016 election cycle. They are Commissioner Bill Chapman (Walton), Commissioner Rob Williamson (Santa Rosa), Commissioner Henry Dean (St. Johns), Commissioner Buddy Mansfield (Desoto), and County Attorney Michael Mullin (Nassau). Commissioner Ralph Thomas (Wakulla) was re-elected to serve another term on the Board. Congratulations to these new Board members, and thank you for your service. For a complete listing of the Board of Trustees, visit: http://www.fact-insurance.com/.

Local Government Solutions: Why Public Sector Employers Should Consider Employee Health Centers

Local governments and public school boards across the country are investing in health and wellness centers to serve their employees. The centers are designed so that employees like firemen, policemen and teachers can get the care they need to stay healthy. Meanwhile, it turns out that health centers that are dedicated to public servants save taxpayers a lot of money. And they do it the old fashioned way – the “ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” way.

House proposal kicks off flood insurance debate

The House Financial Services Committee is taking a first step toward tackling a must-do item on next year's agenda: reauthorizing The National Flood Insurance Program. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, the Missouri Republican who chairs the housing and insurance subcommittee, is circulating among Republican members for discussion this week a set of principles he hopes will guide the debate around updating the government insurance arm and strengthening the private flood insurance market.

NACo Update on Labor Overtime Rule

Federal Judge Blocks Overtime Rule From Moving Forward on Dec. 1 Start Date  On November 22, Texas U.S. Disrict Court Judge Amos Mazzant issued a nationwide temporary injunction, blocking the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) from implementing new overtime pay rules scheduled to take effect on December 1, 2016. Twenty-one states and dozens of business groups had filed suit in the eastern district of Texas to stop DOL from implementing rules that they say would substantially increase employment costs.

FDOT Holds Public Meetings on 5 Year Plan

General subject matter to be considered: We want to hear from you! The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District Five, invites you to provide your comments to FDOT by participating in the Five-Year Tentative Work Program Public Hearing. The Tentative Work Program for fiscal years July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2022 which covers project development and environmental, preliminary engineering, right of way acquisition, construction, and public transportation projects for Brevard, Flagler, Lake, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Sumter and Volusia Counties and includes Florida Turnpike Enterprise projects in these counties.