APA Florida Sends HB 7 Veto Request to Gov. DeSantis

APA Florida has requested Gov. Ron DeSantis to veto HB 7, stating that the law would inhibit an awareness and honest assessment of the historical inequities that have shaped and continue to shape how our communities grow and our residents prosper. The bill’s provisions are ambiguous, subjective, and open to individual interpretation. The actual implementation of the provisions is unclear and again can be very subjective.

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Sine Die Legislative Reporter

The Florida Legislature adjourned Sine Die at 1.03 pm on March 14. A total of 3,385 bills were filed including eight concurrent resolutions, 76 single chamber resolutions, 1,753 general bills, 61 local bills, 35 joint resolutions, 23 memorials, and 1,729 appropriation projects. Of this, only 285 bills passed both chambers.

The Legislature passed HB 5001, the General Appropriations Act, which contains the details of the $112.1 billion budget, more than 8 percent higher than last year’s budget. Of note, programs supporting affordable housing are allocated more than $362 million, and climate change concerns, such as flood and sea-level rise programs, will receive $471 million.

Gov. DeSantis has begun to receive bills that have passed both chambers. If a bill was sent to the governor during session, he has seven days to act on it. Now that the session has ended, the timeframe for acting increases to 15 days. Go to flgov.com and click on the icon reading “2022 Bills" to follow the governor's bill action.

Missed the 2022 Legislative Session Review Webinar?

Join us after the 2022 legislative session for a thorough review of the number of statutory changes that will affect planning in Florida. You can watch on demand and receive CM. 

Presenters:

  • Whit Blanton, FAICP - APA President Elect and Chair of the APA Florida Legislative Policy Committee 
  • Lester Abberger - APA Florida Legislative Representative
  • Thomas Hawkins, JD, UF Department of Urban and Regional Planning
  • Alex Magee - APA Florida Executive Director

Planners Month in the Districts

Our Legislative Policy Committee has identified a series of key issues to focus on for the 2022 Legislative Session.

 As shown on the flier below, these include:

  • Access to Jobs and Education
  • A Resilient and Healthy Florida
  • State and Local Partnerships for Attainable Housing
  • Local Authority for Land Use Planning

Now we’re asking our members to help deliver the message to our elected state leaders!