In brief legislative briefing during their latest meeting the Seminole County Commission swiftly passed three resolutions in opposition to bills currently being considered in Tallahassee that would take away powers from local government and impede on “home rule” policies.
The Commission formally opposed HB 17 and SB 1158 which would prohibit local governments from enforcing or imposing regulations on businesses unless there is a specific law to do so and grant those powers exclusively to the state.
The legislation has drawn scrutiny for being too broad which on one end could prohibit local governments from protecting their constituents from potentially disruptive business practices.
Proponents says the bill will clear up “red tape” and make Florida more appealing for prospective business growth.
The Commission also passed a resolution to formally oppose any other bills that would impose on home rule. This is the second meeting in a row the Commission has been vocal about state policies and were critical about legislation that would eliminate economic development programs they say have helped the region.
All three resolutions passed unanimously with no debate or discussion.