Top issues for the 2013 Florida Legislature

The Florida Legislature will convene on March 5, 2013 for its regular session with nearly 40 percent of the Senate body made up of newly elected legislators. Attorneys in Gunster’s government affairs practice are monitoring the legislative issues closely. Here is a list of what are expected to be the top issues for legislators this session:

Overview of the 2012 legislative session

This year’s session focused on the state budget and redistricting, as well as some high profile issues like reforming personal injury protection insurance, destination casino resorts and higher education reform.

Yankeetown settles… for now

Earlier this year, the Town of Yankeetown, Florida sued to overturn HB 7207, which created the Community Planning Act. This was the single largest piece of growth management legislation in decades. Yankeetown did not approve and sued to have it overturned on several grounds, including the prohibition on referenda for comprehensive plan changes. Yankeetown’s Charter provided for referenda for approval of any comprehensive plan changes.


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