Leon County Commission Discusses State & Federal Legislative Priorities

Leon County Commission Discusses State & Federal Legislative Priorities

Below are the news briefs from the Leon County Commission 2023 State & Federal Legislative Priorities Workshop that took place on October 25, 2022.

The team of legislative advocates provided five projects to the county commission that they are specifically requesting for line-item funding from the state legislature including:

  • $500,000 for backup generators at libraries and community centers,
  • $50,000 for Leon Works Expo and Junior Apprenticeship,
  • $350,000 for Baum Road drainage project,
  • $500,000 for Fords Arm/Timberlane Tributary Restoration, and
  • $500,000 for Leon South Regional Water system.

Leon County’s state legislative policy issues they are taking to the 2023 Legislative Session are:

  • Support the protection of the state workforce and oppose any reduction to state employee benefits,”
  • “Support legislation that would place a cap on the amount of time that pretrial felony offenders may be housed in county detention facilities,”
  • “Support a legislative funding request from the Florida Civil Rights Museum, Inc. in the amount of $500,000 to create a virtual museum showcasing Leon County’s civil rights leaders and educational pioneers,”
  • Support legislation authorizing Leon County to take ownership of and relocate the Confederate monument that is currently located at the State of Florida Capitol Complex,”
  • “Support legislation establishing May 20, Florida’s Emancipation Day, as a state holiday,”
  • Support the expansion of the Medicaid program in Florida to provide coverage eligibility for adults under the age of 65 with incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level,”
  • Oppose legislation that would permit the carrying of concealed firearms on college and university campuses, and
  • Support the Florida Association of Counties’ 2023 Legislative Program.

Leon County’s federal lobbyists also presented their priorities for the upcoming 2023 Fiscal Year budget and noted that one of the biggest priorities in $1.6 million for repairs and construction to Veterans Memorial Bridge.

The county’s federal lobbyists also noted that they expect a flurry of legislation after the midterm elections.

The full meeting can be viewed here.

5 Responses to "Leon County Commission Discusses State & Federal Legislative Priorities"

  1. Luckily the Democrats that run Leon county have little chance of getting their way in the Republican controlled House and Senate.

  2. Leon county wants to “relocate the Confederate monument”, relocate to where, the bottom of Lake Jackson I assume. Like it or not Confederate soldiers are a part of Florida history, just like the Spanish and the British that once controlled Florida.

  3. If they can’t plainly state what they mean, they are trying to pull the wool over your eyes. They don’t want to “relocate” the obelisk, they want to remove it. I don’t have a problem with removing it, but I do have a problem with politicians that can’t say what they mean. They want to relocate it to a warehouse or dump where it will never be seen again. Tell the truth and people might start to trust you again. Right now, I assume everything I read is a lie, because most of it is.

  4. When the progressive Marxicrats stand up against the slavery that continues today, particularly in Africa… then I’ll give a rats behind about opinions on oppression and slavery.

    Leon County’s state legislative policy initiatives are a joke, and simply a talking-points memo from Marxicrat Headquarters.

  5. The Emancipation Proclamation only pertained to the Confederate States of America and did not declare all slaves free. The document allowed slavery in the Pensacola area. Lincoln did not have the authority to free slaves and ran on a platform allowing slavery if already allowed in the state. The North controlled legislative branch could have outlawed slavery before the American Civil War. But they didn’t. The Confederate Solder’s deserve a monument honoring the military service more so than the terrorist group BLM. For an honest look at the causes of the Civil War read Jefferson Davis’ book The Short History of the Confederate States of America.

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