Florida Legislature

Regular sessions of the Legislature begin on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in March and continue for 60 consecutive days, which may be extended by a three-fifths vote of each house. Special sessions may be called by the Governor, or may be convened by joint proclamation of the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Special sessions may not exceed 20 days, unless extended by a three-fifths vote of each house.

Legislative proposals may be in the form of bills, resolutions, concurrent resolutions, joint resolutions, or memorials. A bill is a proposed law, and it may be either a general bill or a local bill. A general bill would have a general impact within the state; a local bill would affect only a particular county, city, or town named in the bill. A majority vote is required to pass a bill, unless otherwise provided in the Constitution.  How An Idea Becomes a Law
[excerpt from FL Senate website]

2017 Legislative Session


There are a number of bills pending before the Florida Legislature that could undermine municipal home rule.  Home rule is defined as the right to local self-government including the powers to regulate for the protection of the public health, safety, morals, and welfare; to license; to tax; and to incur debt.  It is important for citizens to be informed on these issues.

Links to the Senate and House websites, which include session calendars; bill action and tracking; and the text of all the bills pending before each body are provided below.

Links to the legislative alerts published by the Florida League of Cities and the legislative priorities published by the Palm Beach County League of Cities are provided below. Each alert published by the Florida League of Cities contains a link to the actual text of the proposed legislation.  The Florida League of Cities advocates on behalf of municipalities throughout the state.  The Palm Beach County League of Cities advocates on behalf of municipalities within Palm Beach County.  Please be advised that the views of either League on each piece of pending legislation do not, in every respect, represent the views of the Village or its elected and appointed officials.

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