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Florida League of Mayors stand up for home rule in Tallahassee

Posted: 6:53 PM, Feb 12, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-12 18:53:52-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Mayors from all over the state are fighting for a brighter future.

The Florida League of Mayors joined together Wednesday morning at the capitol to push their priorities for the 2020 legislative session.

The big one: Home rule.

It gives communities the ability to self govern. It's something mayors say needs to be addressed.

"I'm standing shoulder to shoulder with my colleagues across the state standing up for home rule," said Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey.

Kevin Ruane, the president of the Florida League of Mayors, said "Home rule is obviously the number one issue."

"It's very important when you look at the state of Florida when you have 412 municipalities and we celebrate our diversity," Dailey explained. "What's good for Tallahassee might not be good for Miami."

According to Ruane, in last three years legislators have proposed 119 bills preempting local control.

One of those deals with vacation rentals. Ruane says solutions can be created more quickly for issues like this if handled locally, not at the state level.

"We are concerned that legislators are not listening to what we hear from our constituents," said Ruane. "We are really close to the people."

Their push not going unnoticed.

"At the end of the day, the best government is the one closest to the people," said Senator Bobby Powell.

All in hopes of building a brighter tomorrow, today.