This week, the Florida Legislature met for its first Interim Committee Week of the 2013 Session. Committees in both the Florida House of Representatives and the Florida Senate gathered to review the charges for each committee and discuss issues for the upcoming year. 

FAC staff attended committee hearings ranging from criminal justice, finance and tax and environmental preservation to healthcare and transportation and met individually with legislators and state leaders to share our legislative priorities and advocate on the counties’ behalf. 

On Wednesday, FAC joined the Florida League of Cities in appearing before the House Local and Federal Affairs Committee, presenting an overview of the Association, responsibilities and challenges facing local government, advocating for home rule and sharing the counties’ legislative priorities for the upcoming session. 

Ending the week on high note, the Department of Corrections this week committed publicly that it would not pursue its budget proposal to shift certain inmate costs to the counties. FAC’s public safety advocate Lisa Hurley has been contesting the proposal to prevent a shift in state policy and to stop upwards of $75 million in state costs being shifted to county government.

For more information or questions, please contact FAC Legislative Director Deena Reppen.