State Representative Bob Rommel announces date for 2018 Collier Delegation Meeting

Friday, November 30, 2018 has been set as the date for the Collier County State Legislative Delegation’s Public Hearing for local bills and local budget requests. The meeting will convene at 9 a.m. in the North Collier Regional Park located at 15000 Livingston Rd. Naples, FL 34109 and will last until the completion of the agenda.

The Delegation will recess at 11:30am and reconvene at 2 p.m. at the same location. Members of the public will have an opportunity to address the Delegation about issues not related to local bills upon completion of the local bill agenda.

Please be informed that these hearings are to hear local bills and local budget requests. If you are interested in filing a local budget request, please contact the office of your House and Senate sponsors to learn about the separate budget process requirements and deadlines in the House and the Senate. Please note that these deadlines are not yet available.

All proposals for a local bill are expected to be presented at the hearing and must be drafted in bill form. Ten (10) copies of the local bill, with 3 punched holes and no staples, must be mailed or delivered to my office no later than noon on Thursday, November 15. Unless there is an emergency, the Delegation will consider for introduction only those bills that have been presented at the hearing. Decisions on whether to introduce local legislation will be made at the hearing.

If the local Legislative Delegation agrees to support the issue and introduce a local bill, a legal advertisement of the proposed bill must be placed in a newspaper of general circulation at least 30 days prior to introduction in the House or Senate unless the bill contains a referendum provision. The local entity requesting the proposed bill will be responsible for placing the legal advertisement in the newspaper.
According to sections 11.021 and 11.03, Florida Statutes, evidence that notice has been properly published must be submitted before a local bill, not subject to referendum, can be introduced.

The notice must be broad enough to include all matters contained in the body of the proposed legislation, although the specific contents need not be listed in detailed form. The function of the notice requirement is to provide reasonable notice to a person whose interests may be directly affected by proposed legislation so that he or she may inquire further into details of the local bill. Additionally, if he or she so desires, that person may seek to prevent enactment or to persuade the Legislature to change the substance of the proposed bill.

The agenda for the Collier County Delegation hearing will be released to the news media on Thursday, November 15, to allow the citizens of Collier County ample time to prepare comments if they so desire. If you would like to be placed on the agenda as a presenter of a local bill or local budget request, or to speak to another issue, please contact my office at (239) 417-6200 or Priscilla.Grannis@myfloridahouse.gov by Friday, November 9. We encourage you to email your request to be placed on the agenda. As a speaker on the agenda, if you would like to place brief information on your issue in the delegation members’ books, 10 copies (3-hole punched with no staples) of the material must be mailed or delivered to my office no later than noon on Thursday, November 15.

For further information, call Representative Rommel’s Office at (239)417-6200 or email him at: Bob.Rommel@myfloridahouse.gov.

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