2019 Legislative Priorities
The Suwannee River League of Cities SUPPORTS legislation to address the state’s critical water resource and water quality deficiencies to mitigate the negative economic impact of these deficiencies through priority corrective actions and funding. The legislation should include:
· establishment of a dedicated and recurring source of state funding to meet current and projected local government water supply and water infrastructure needs;
· annual assessment by the State of the state, regional and local water resource and water quality infrastructure improvement needs; and
· development of regional plans to prioritize actions and schedules for addressing integrated water quality and water supply needs based on objective criteria.
The Suwannee River League of Cities seeks to protect the fundamental concept of local self-government and will OPPOSE legislative efforts to impede the constitutional right of Florida citizens to govern themselves under municipal Home Rule powers. Additionally, the Suwannee River League of Cities OPPOSES the Legislature’s persistent intrusion into local finances, which are necessary to provide financial stability and essential services uniquely required by municipal residents and local businesses.
Emergency Management and Planning
The Suwannee River League of Cities SUPPORTS legislation and funding to assist local governments in the allocation of funds to municipalities for emergency management and planning in the wake of Hurricane Michael.
Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services
The Suwannee River League of Cities SUPPORTS legislation and funding to assist local governments in providing wrap around rehabilitation services for those individuals suffering from mental health and/or substance abuse issues with the goal of diverting these individuals from the criminal justice system, resulting in a decrease in the jail population through the reduction of criminal recidivism, which also reduces the financial burden of the taxpayers.
Community Redevelopment Agencies
The Suwannee River League of Cities SUPPORTS legislation to protect and improve municipalities’ use of Community Redevelopment Agencies (CRAs) to effectively carry out redevelopment and community revitalization in accordance with Home Rule.
The Suwannee River League of Cities SUPPORTS legislation that facilitates the municipal annexation of unincorporated areas, while protecting private property rights, and respecting municipal boundaries.