Several local officials attended the Florida League of Cities’ 2014 Legislative Action Days. From left are Stephanie Waters, Largo grant administrator; Pinellas Park City Councilwoman Patti Johnson; Seminole City Councilman Thom Barnhorn; state Rep Larry Ahern, R-Seminole; Belleair Town Commissioner Tom Shelly; Seminole City Councilman Jim Quinn; and Clearwater City Councilman Bill Jonson.
City officials from across the state gathered in Tallahassee last week to discuss the latest issues and developments affecting municipalities and how they are being addressed during the current legislative session. These issues are all part of the Florida League of Cities 2014 legislative agenda.
This year’s priorities include reforming police and firefighter pension plans, addressing the taxation of communications services, ensuring local authorities retain the power to regulate municipal water infrastructure systems and establishing minimum standards for sober home facilities.
The events began April 1, with an opening luncheon and legislative briefing followed by meetings with lawmakers and tours of the capitol. More than 30 mayors and several dozen city council members participated in the Florida League of Cities’ 2014 Legislative Action Days.