There is a movement in Tallahassee to regulate and control local politics. It doesn’t make any sense for a Republican dominated statehouse to reduce local control and increase state control over municipal decisions. As your state senator, I will make sure that the local government is respected and protected.
Here are a few examples of what Tallahassee is doing to attack home rule.
Some are asking, “Why not put this up for voters to decide? What’s the big deal with that?” The problem is that voters have had little to do with the introduction of this bill over the past four years. So the real question is: Who stands to gain from this bill?
Read more about the GRU Bill: http://www.gainesville.com/news/20170607/gru-bill-signed-voters-will-decide-who-runs-utility
HB 17 – Local Regulation Preemption
Another bill of worry, that died this legislative season, is HB 17. The text from HB 17 states, “…a local government may not adopt or impose a new regulation on a business, profession, or occupation unless the regulation is expressly authorized by general law.”
What does this mean? Local government must have the “OK” from Tallahassee in order to enact a regulation unless the powers that be in Tallahassee allow it. Fortunately, this bill died in the Commerce Committee this past legislative session but we can see what our legislatures are up to.
Let’s keep local politics local – and keep Tallahassee out of local government.