Government closest to the people is most accountable to the people.
Florida’s Legislative Session begins this week, and Tallahassee politicians will shape laws and policies that will affect residents and visitors. Across the Sunshine State, Floridians have been asking for the latest information about important legislation that will directly impact their neighborhoods.
Here are a few issues local communities are leading to keep your eye on as session unfolds…
Current law prevents local towns and taxpayers from setting up smoke-free areas at public parks and beaches. Everyone should be able to enjoy Florida’s outdoor places. We support a new bill that empowers local voices to make local choices about the appropriateness of smoking at public parks and beaches.
Short-term rentals continue to cause problems in local communities. Drug smuggling, late-night parties and everyday nuisance complaints such as garbage in the streets are harming quality of life, public safety and property values. Local Voices supports legislation that would protect the property rights of ALL homeowners.
Local issues like tree trimming should be decided locally, not by distant state governments. Local Voices United supports legislation to return tree trimming decision-making authority to local communities — where it belongs.