Legislative Priorities

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The City Commission is currently in the process of updating their 2020 Legislative Priorities. These priorities will be presented by the City of Sarasota at the Sarasota County Legislative Delegation Hearing on September 9, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. in the Sarasota County Commission Chambers, 1660 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, Fl.

2019 Major Priorities

Home Rule

Support: Broad exercise of home rule powers granted to municipalities under the Florida Constitution and support consistency in the Legislature with the provisions of Section 166.021, Florida Statutes.

Communications Services Tax and Local Business Tax Protection

Support: Legislation that protects general revenues collected from the communications services tax and the local business tax.

Funding for Homelessness Programs/Mental Health Initiatives/Sober Homes

Support: State funding for local homelessness programs, housing for the homeless, as well as the aid groups and statewide agencies that oversee them.

Support the expansion of Miami Dade’s Homeless and Domestic Violence Tax for all counties and municipalities as it pertains to authorization and uses in Chapter 212.0306 Local option food and beverage tax; procedure for levying; authorized uses; administration of the Florida Statutes.

Support legislation that plans and adequately funds basic mental health facilities and programs in Florida including additional psychiatric beds.

Support legislation that defines and establishes minimum regulatory standards for sober home facilities and allows for more stringent local regulations of these facilities.

Support a public records exemption for “individual identifying information” contained in a Homeless Management Information System (HMIS).

Support legislation to ban "conversion therapy" on minors by state-licensed mental health practitioners.

Red Light Cameras

Support: Support local municipalities ability to regulate the use of red light cameras.

Transportation Funding

Support: Legislation that preserves local control of transportation planning, provides equitable transportation funding among municipalities and counties, and provides opportunities for additional revenue options for municipal transportation infrastructure projects.

Support: Funding for the extension of The Legacy Trail through public/private partnerships and/or Florida Department of Transportation and the Shared-Use Nonmotorized Trail Network.

Support: Transportation funding allocated directly to affected municipalities for storm mitigation (e.g. evacuation routes, debris removal, and damages caused by storm debris affecting ingress/egress of state roads) in coordination and collaboration with the comprehensive planning goals of the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council.

Medical Marijuana

Support: Legislation which allows local counties and municipalities to establish zoning criteria for medical marijuana treatment  centers (dispensaries), specifically as it relates to separation requirements from other dispensing centers, proximity to neighborhoods, schools , childcare facilities and hospitals, parking requirements, hours of operation, setback requirements, etc.


Schedule of Legislative Updates

  • Monday, August 19, 2019 at 6:00 pm - Representative Margaret Good, District 72, Florida House of Representatives
  • Monday, August 19, 2019 at 6:00 pm - Representative Tommy Gregory, District 73, Florida House of Representatives



Available Documents 

The Office of the City Auditor and Clerk is pleased to provide the 2019 Legislative Priorities, a brochure, and an informational card with regards to the key legislative priorities identified by the City Commission.

2019 Brochure Legislative Priorities   Brochure Legislative Priorities 2019
2019 Legislative Brief Card Legislative Brief Card 2019 

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