SB 1730 – Relating to Growth Management
On Wednesday, March 20, SB 1730 by Senator Tom Lee (R - Brandon) was heard in the Senate Community Affairs Committee and was reported favorably with 5 yeas and 0 nays. AIF’s Senior Vice President of State and Federal Affairs, Brewster Bevis, stood in support of this legislation.
This bill amends various statutes relating to growth management, restricts the ability of a county or municipality to adopt and enforce inclusionary housing ordinances or regulations, and sets timeframe parameters for building application approval or denial. After receiving a development permit application, the county and municipality must review the application for completeness and issue a response within 30 days. The bill also requires the collection of impact fees, which are an important source of revenue for local governments to fund infrastructure projects. Additionally, the bill prohibits a local government from charging an impact fee for the development or construction of affordable housing but provides an exception under certain circumstances.
SB 1730 will now move to the Senate Infrastructure and Security Committee.
AIF supports legislation that maintains our state’s infrastructure, allows Floridians access to affordable housing, and streamlines fee regulations.
SB 232 – Relating to Percentage of Elector Votes Required to Approve an Amendment or a Revision
On Wednesday, March 20, SB 232 by Senator Dennis Baxley (R-Lady Lake) was heard in the Senate Ethics and Elections Committee and was reported favorably with 4 yeas and 3 nays. AIF’s Senior Vice President of State and Federal Affairs, Brewster Bevis, stood in support of this legislation.
This bill changes the vote threshold for amendments and revisions to Florida’s constitution from the current 60% of elector votes to 66 and 2/3%.
SB 232 will now move to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
AIF supports the measures contained in this bill to prevent interest groups’ circumvention of the legislature in revising Florida’s constitution.