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Legislative Priorities

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The City Commission adopted their 2020 Legislative Priorities at the Regular Meeting of July 15, 2019. These priorities were 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.

2020 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.

Affordable/Attainable/Workforce Housing

  • Support allocating the full amount of dedicated documentary tax revenues for state and local affordable housing programs

  • Support investing in affordable housing to create jobs in home repair, hardening homes, retrofitting and constructing affordable rental units, and lowering energy costs to make housing more affordable

  • Oppose reducing and/or reallocating the Sadowski Housing Trust Funds

  • Support increasing funding for Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) and HOME partnership programs

  • Support increasing Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) Disaster Relief (DR) funds for hurricane-damaged structures

  • Support legislation repealing SB 176 passed in the 2011 session relative to Affordable Housing

Funding for Homelessness Programs/Mental Health Initiatives/Sober Homes

  • Support State funding for local homelessness programs, housing for the homeless and 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 Section 212.0306, Florida Statutes
  • Support legislation that adequately funds mental health facilities and programs in Florida including additional psychiatric beds
  • Support legislation that allows for more stringent local regulations of sober home facilities and establishes minimum regulatory standards for these facilities
  • Support a public records exemption for "individual identifying information" contained in the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)
  • Support legislation to ban "conversion therapy" on minors by state-licensed mental health practitioners

Transportation Funding

  • Support transportation funding for alternative means of transportation including bus rapid transit, trolleys, light rail, water taxis and other forms of multi-modal transportation in addition to roads

  • 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

Water Quality

  • Support legislation providing a recurring funding source for programs and projects for water quality preservation and enhancement, specifically aid for municipalities to upgrade drinking water infrastructure and waste water infrastructure
  • Support legislation that reinitiates the public hearing and adoption process for the Statewide Stormwater Treatment Rule



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 2020 Legislative Priorities, a brochure, and an informational card with regards to the key legislative priorities identified by the City Commission, if desired.  Please contact the Office of the City Auditor and Clerk at (941) 263-6222 to obtain these documents.


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