Legislative Priorities

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At the Regular City Commission Meeting of July 16, 2018, the City Commission approved the 2019 Legislative Priorities for the City of Sarasota. These priorities will be presented by the City of Sarasota at the Sarasota County Legislative Delegation Hearing on a date to be determined.

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

Oppose: Legislation that would repeal local governmental authority to enable 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.

Homestead Exemption

Oppose: Proposed 2018 increase to the homestead exemption, which is estimated to cost millions to local counties and municipalities, forcing them to strongly consider raising impact fees and millage rates to pay for basic services such as parks, infrastructure and public safety.


Schedule of Legislative Updates

  • Monday, May 7, 2018 at 6:00 pm - Representative Margaret Good, District 72, 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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