2021 Legislative Priorities

State Legislative Session: March 2, 2021 through April 30, 2021. 


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Legislative Priorities Archive

2020 Legislative Priorities

Click here to view the 2020 legislative priorities document

2019 Legislative Priorities

Click here to view the 2019 legislative priorities document

2018 Legislative Priorities

Click here to view the 2018 legislative priorities document

2017 Legislative Priorities

State Legislative Session: March 7, 2017 to May 5, 2017

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2016 Legislative Priorities

State Legislative Session: Jan. 12 to March 11, 2016

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2015 Legislative Priorities

State Legislative Session: March 3-May 1, 2015

Lobbyists:

  • Burt Saunders of GrayRobinson, PA
  • Sarah Bleakley of Nabors, Giblin & Nickerson, PA
  • Keith Arnold of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney

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2014 Legislative Priorities

State Legislative Session: March 4-May 2, 2014

  1. Summary of Lee County Legislative Priorities
  2. Local Project Funding Requests 
  3. Legislative issues supplied by Lee County departments

Lobbyists:

  • Burt Saunders of GrayRobinson, PA
  • Sarah Bleakley of Nabors, Giblin & Nickerson, PA
  • Keith Arnold of Fowler White Boggs, PA​

2013 Legislative Priorities

State Legislative Session: March 5-May 3, 2013

  1. Summary of Lee County Legislative Priorities
  2. Legislative issues supplied by Lee County departments
  3. Florida Association of Counties' 2013 Legislative Policy Statement

Lobbyists:

  • Keith Arnold of Fowler White Boggs, PA​
  • Sarah Bleakley of Nabors, Giblin & Nickerson, PA
  • Van Scoyoc Associates Inc.

2012 Legislative Priorities

Priorities

  • ​Support full funding for the Bob Janes Triage Center (funded in part through the State Substance Abuse and Mental Health Reinvestment Grant)
  • Support strategic lobbying on unfunded mandates
  • Support the establishment (or equivalent) of an Economic Energy Zone designation for Lee County
  • Work with Legislative Delegation on platted lands/antiquated lots legislation


Important tracking items to maintain home rule:

  • Septic Tank Inspections
  • Gaming/Internet Cafes


2012 Legislative Updates

Lobbyist:
Keith Arnold
J. Keith Arnold & Associates
210 W. Park Avenue, Suite 100
Tallahassee, FL 32301

2011 Legislative Priorities

Priorities

  • Oppose Taxpayer Bill of Rights platform (TABOR)
  • Support strategic lobbying on unfunded mandates issues (Medicaid increases to Counties)
  • Support the creation of Florida Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards (RPS)

Track

  •  Support Septic Tank inspections (delayed implementation by six months in Special Session, may be changed again in Regular Session)
  • Track State agency rulemaking bills (HB 1565 vetoed by Governor/overturned by Legislature in Special Session. Requires any regulation with cost of $1 million statewide impact over five years to be ratified by the Legislature. May adversely affect water quality and environmental regulation. Applies to regulations before adoption or in the process of being amended.)

Reports


Lobbyist:
Keith Arnold
J. Keith Arnold & Associates
210 W. Park Avenue, Suite 100
Tallahassee, FL 32301​

2010 Legislative Priorities

Priorities

  • Oppose Offshore oil/gas drilling off the coast of Florida.
  • Support State energy bill (with the caveat the oil/gas drilling is not included in the bill)
  • Initiate/Support Pre-platted lands legislation (to be developed in cooperation with the City of Cape Coral and the SWFL Regional Planning Council)
  • Initiate/support growth management legislation (to be developed in cooperation with the Co. Attorney's Office, DoT, DCD and Smart Growth)
  • Initiate change to FDOT rules as they relate to road way landscape and design (letter from Roadway Landscape Advisory Committee attached)
  • Oppose unfunded mandates (especially those related to Dept. of Children and Families and Court related costs)

Track

  • We will be tracking many more bills including one to support the extension of the "paper ballot" system conversion from 2012 to 2016
  • Support the legislative platform for the Florida Emergency Management Preparedness Association (EMPA) which includes support of the EMPA Trust Fund and Assessment of Surcharge (to fix a loophole in the current assessment -updated assessment would be applied to the number of units or parcels included for coverage in a commercial or residential insurance policy).
  • Support the ban on texting while driving.


Lobbyist:
Keith Arnold
J. Keith Arnold & Associates
210 W. Park Avenue, Suite 100
Tallahassee, FL 32301​


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