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State Legislative Alerts

The Town is actively tracking bills that are under consideration by the Florida State Legislature that would potentially have a negative impact on “home rule”, which is the ability for the Town to govern itself at the local level.  Below is a list of the proposed bills with links to the pages on the State Legislature’s website, as well as contact information for the Palm Beach Legislative Delegation and links to the pages for the members of the House and Senate who have sponsored the legislation (click on the names).  Residents are encouraged to contact their representatives and/or the proposers of these bills to voice their concerns about the negative consequences they’ll have on our ability to self-govern.

Wireless Communications Infrastructure – CS/SB 596 (Hutson) & HB 687 (La Rosa)
This bill would prevent the Town from regulating or prohibiting wireless antennas or equipment from being located in the public right-of-way, including the sides of roadways, sidewalks and easements.  It would also limit the ability for the Town to prohibit wireless antennas from being placed on decorative lamp posts.

Local Regulation Pre?emption – CS/HB 17 (Fine) & SB 1158 (Passidomo)
This bill would prohibit the Town from regulating businesses unless allowed by State law.  It also would limit the Town’s ability to regulate, through our local business license tax, where businesses are allowed to be located. Therefore potentially allowing situations such as having a liquor store open up next to a place of worship.

Local Government Fiscal Responsibility – HB 7063 (House Ways & Means Comm.)
This bill would require the Town to draw down our reserves to 10 percent before our elected officials would be permitted to levy an increase in millage rate.  If approved, it would pose a serious problem for the Town in the event of a hurricane or other catastrophic event if the reserves were drawn down to that level.  This would also have other negative impacts, including limiting the Town’s ability to set aside sufficient funds for future capital and coastal projects. Our annual budget liabilities would have multi-million dollar shortfalls without the ability to draw on funds set aside for future expenses.  A reduction in the Town’s reserves could also potentially negatively impact the Town’s AAA Credit rating.

Vacation Rentals –
SB 188 (Steube) and HB 425 (La Rosa
This bill would prevent the Town from adopting ordinances specific to vacation rentals. This would allow short-term rentals throughout the Town, which could erode the character of our neighborhoods and create noise and other nuisance issues for our residents. Ordinances adopted prior to June 2011 would remain in effect.  

Transportation Network Companies – SB 340 (Brandes) and CS/HB 221 (Sprowls)
This bill would prohibit the Town from regulating transportation network companies (TNCs), such as Uber, and from imposing a tax, requiring a license, or setting up other local requirements on these types of businesses.  

Municipal Elections Preemption – PCB GAC 17-03 (House Government Accountability Comm.)
This bill would no longer allow the Town to hold our Local Municipal Election in February; it would require all municipal elections in the State to be held on one of four choices – General Election in November of even years; First Tuesday after the First Monday in November of odd-numbered years; First Tuesday after the First Monday in April of even-numbered years; or First Tuesday after the First Monday in April of odd-numbered years.  The mandated dates in the proposed bill could have negative consequences in voter participation for semi-seasonal communities, like Palm Beach.  The Town would also be required to change our Charter to comply with this law.
 

Palm Beach Legislative Delegation

Senator Bobby Powell, Jr.

2715 Australian Avenue, Suite 105 
West Palm Beach,   FL  33407
 
561-650-6880

Senator Kevin Rader        
5301 N. Federal Hwy, Suite 135
Boca Raton,  FL  33487     

561-443-8170

Senator Jeff Clemens
508-C Lake Avenue
Lake Worth,   FL  33460     

561-540-1140

Representative Bill Hager          
301 Yamato Road, Suite 1240     
Boca Raton,  FL  33431     

561-470-6607

Representative Joseph Abruzzo          
8177 Glades Road, Suite 209      
Boca Raton,  FL  33434     

561-470-2086

Representative Matt Willhite
9200 Belvedere Road, Suite C-107
Royal Palm Beach,  FL  33411

561-791-4071

Representative MaryLynn Magar         
11700 Southeast Dixie Highway  
Hobe Sound, FL  33455     
   
772-545-3481

Representative David Silvers    
1850 Forest Hill Boulevard, Suite 200     
West Palm Beach,   FL  33406     
          
561-357-4824

Representative Lori Berman      

Representative Rick Roth          
100 Village Square Crossing, Suite 104 
Palm Beach Gardens, FL   33410
     
561-625-5176

Representative Al Jacquet         
314 11th Street        
West Palm Beach,   FL  33401     
  
5?61-650-6846

Representative Emily Slosberg
7499 W. Atlantic Blvd., Suite 200 
Delray Beach, FL  33446

561-496-5940



Senate President and House Speaker

Senator Joe Negron
3500 Southwest Corporate Parkway, Suite 204
Palm City, FL 34990

772-219-1665

Representative Rick Corcoran
17953 Hunting Bow Circle, Suite 101
Lutz, FL 33558-5375

813-792-5177