February 22, 2018

House Government Accountability Committee
Click here to watch the committee hearing.

This morning, several bills were considered by the House Government Accountability Committee . Below is a review of bills of significance to cities.

Community Redevelopment Agencies (Discussion begins at approximately 1:33)

HB 883 ( Ingoglia ) was originally a 6-page bill relating to Community Development Districts. The bill was amended and is now a 193-page bill that is now titled “An Act Relating to Local Government.” As amended, this legislation now includes the entirety of HB 17 , the CRA bill. HB 883 now has the potential to be a vehicle that can be amended to include any legislation that affects cities and counties. The bill passed the committee by a vote of 17-7.

Please thank the Representatives who voted “No” on this bill. Click here for the full vote count.

Nays
Rep. Patrick Henry
Rep. Kristen Jacobs
Rep. Wengay Newton
Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith
Rep. Charlie Stone
Rep. Barbara Watson
Rep. Clovis Watson
 
Municipal Travel Bill (Discussion begins at approximately 1:45)
CS/HB 815 (Avila) passed the committee by a vote of 17-4.
 
A “strike-all” amendment was adopted that narrows the scope of the bill to require elected officials to get prior approval by their governing body for out of state or foreign travel. Language was included in the amendment that would preempt cities from having their own travel policy, but the bill sponsor stated it was not his intent to preempt local travel policies and will work to fix this provision.
 
Please thank the Representatives who voted “No” on this bill. Click here for the full vote count.
 
Nays
Rep. Joseph Abruzzo
Rep. Patrick Henry
Rep. Wengay Newton
Rep. Barbara Watson
 
 
Vacation Rentals (Discussion begins at approximately 2:10)
 
HB 773 ( La Rosa ) passed the committee by a vote of 13-11 after a lengthy and chaotic debate. Numerous amendments were filed, but not all of them were considered. Two amendments were adopted to the bill relating to sexual offenders and sexual predators. The first amendment provides registration requirements for sexual offenders and sexual predators residing in vacation rentals. The second amendment requires public lodging establishments to inquire if a guest is a sexual predator. A motion was later adopted to “call the question” on further debate, which nullified discussion of any further amendments. The House leadership used a procedural tactic to add Rep. Jeannette Nuñez to the committee as a voting member. She voted in favor of the bill and against the League’s position.
 
Please thank the Representatives who voted “No” on this bill. Click here for the full vote count.

Nays
Rep. Joseph Abruzzo
Rep. Patrick Henry
Rep. Kristen Jacobs
Rep. Chris Latvala
Rep. Wengay Newton
Rep. Robert “Bobby O” Olszewski
Rep. Holly Raschein
Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith
Rep. Barbara Watson
Rep. Clovis Watson
Rep. Matt Willhite
 


House Appropriations Committee –
Oppose Amendment to HB 7087
Click here to watch the full committee hearing. (Discussion of HB 7087 begins at approximately 10:15)

HB 7087 ( Ways and Means / Renner ), the House tax package, passed the House Appropriations Committee by a vote of 18-7. An amendment was adopted (after lengthy discussion) that preempts local governments from prohibiting the sale of any tangible good that is subject to a sales tax. Any prior ordinance would be void.
 
Yeas
Rep. Larry Ahern
Rep. Ben Albritton
Rep. Michael Bileca
Rep. Jim Boyd
Rep. Jason Brodeur
Rep. Travis Cummings
Rep. Dane Eagle
Rep. Katie Edwards-Walpole
Rep. Clay Ingram
Rep. Larry Metz
Rep. George Moraitis
Rep. Jeanette Nunez
Rep. Elizabeth Porter
Rep. Holly Raschein
Rep. Ray Rodrigues
Rep. Chris Sprowls
Rep. Carlos Trujillo
 
Nays
Rep. Lori Berman
Rep. Shevrin Jones
Rep. Kionne McGhee
Rep. Jared Moskowitz
Rep. David Richardson
Rep. Cynthia Stafford
Rep. Richard Stark
 
Thank you to all the municipal officials who contacted legislators in response to these Legislative Alerts! It truly makes a difference when legislators hear from their municipal officials. We will keep you posted as these issues progress.