The 2022 State of Florida Legislative Session is now over! Fortunately, some potentially harmful legislation was not approved. HB1035, if passed would have taken away a fair opportunity for our community to have a vote on incorporation. It proposed a requirement of a referendum with 60% of registered voters approving the referendum in order to propose a local bill to request a referendum on incorporation. In short, a vote to have a vote before communities would even have the facts.
This was a preposterous amendment designed to ensure there are no further cities created in the State of Florida. Even the presidential elections don’t get that turn out . While this would have made those who are opposed to becoming a municipality extremely happy, it would have taken away the right for our community to have an opportunity to have an informed vote on an incorporation proposal.
Our State Constitution gives the right for people to choose to govern themselves at a local level. The legislature has the right to create the process for people to make that choice. It should not be made to be impossible through procedural rules as this removes the rights of the people. This is a decision that should be made by our community not outsiders with something to gain! Thankfully , it died in committee for this session! Time is of the essence to protect our rights.
We hope to have new info coming soon! Be sure to mention our web site to your friends and neighbors that would be interested in following the steps being taken, no matter their stance on self-protection, self-governing. This site is open to all within our community.