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The Florida Legislature vs. Local Control

Florida legislators are once again considering bills aimed at curtailing local governments' authority, raising an outcry from city and county officials who claim the bills threaten the principles of home rule. Issues currently being targeted by legislators range from development impact fees to tree removal. 

Authors of this year's bills argue that cities and counties have over-stepped their authority in many instances, and are attempting to thwart state and/or federal law. Opponents say this year's bills, like those previously passed, usurp the authority of city and county officials to effectively govern and respond to local needs.

The scope of the proposed bills and their potential impact on local government will be discussed at the League's upcoming February 28 Hot Topic dinner. Presenters will be C. Scott Dudley of the Florida League of Cities and Susan Harbin Alford, Senior Associate Director of Public Policy for the Florida Association of Counties.

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A member of the Florida Bar, Mrs. Harbin Alford joined the Florida Association of Counties in 2012, and currently serves as a Senior Associate Director of Public Policy, focusing primarily on local government issues related to agriculture, environment, growth management, and transportation. She has also served as the Association's lead on issues related to health care and human services. 

Prior to joining the Association, Mrs. Harbin Alford served as Legislative Counsel for the Broward County Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and Professional Standards. She is a 2009 graduate of the Florida State University College of Law, and has a degree in Environmental Economics and Management from the University of Georgia. 

Scott Dudley

Scott Dudley joined the Florida League of Cities in 2002 and  is now its legislative director, Dudley and his team lobby at the state and federal level on issues affecting municipalities. A graduate of Florida State University with degrees in political science and economics, he is a self-described "political junkie."

Over the past 30 years, Dudley has been actively involved in the political process in a number of roles, including lobbyist, campaign manager, and fundraiser. He has represented both public and private sector clients at the federal level, as well as in several states and at the local level.

 

DATE:  February 28, 2017

TIME:  5:30pm - 7:00pm

LOCATION:  Four Points by Sheraton
316 West Tennessee Street

MENU: Zinfandel boneless beef ribs, or Spinach over poblano penne pasta

COST:  Members - $22      Nonmembers - $25

FOR RESERVATIONS please call 309-3005 and leave a message or email LWVTallahassee@gmail.com.

Because the League must pay for reservations cancelled after Saturday, Feb. 24, those who cancel late must reimburse the League for the cost of their reservations or find someone to take their places at the Hot Topic.

 

Once every twenty years, Florida's Constitution provides for the creation of a thirty-seven member revision commission for the purpose of reviewing Florida's Constitution and proposing changes for voter consideration.