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Orange County’s 2009 Legislative Wrap-up. Presentation to the Orange County Board of County Commissioners May 19, 2009. 2009 Legislative Session. Orange County Legislative Team: George Rodon – Chief of Staff to Mayor Crotty Linda Weinberg – Deputy County Administrator

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    1. Orange County’s 2009 Legislative Wrap-up Presentation to the Orange County Board of County Commissioners May 19, 2009

    2. 2009 Legislative Session • Orange County Legislative Team: • George Rodon – Chief of Staff to Mayor Crotty • Linda Weinberg – Deputy County Administrator • Sharon Donoghue – Deputy County Administrator • Chris Testerman – Director of Government Relations • Eric Gassman – Assistant County Administrator • Mark Jeffries – Public Affairs Director • Cindy Brown – Public Affairs Assistant/Delegation Aide • 26 Division Legislative Liaisons

    3. 2009 Legislative Session • Orange County Lobbying Team: • Mark Jeffries • Johnson & Blanton Government Consultants • Capitol Hill Group

    4. 2009 Legislative Session • Presentation Outline: • Overview • State Budget Situation • Legislative Priorities • Other Issues

    5. 2009 Legislative Session • Presentation Outline: • Overview • State Budget Situation • Legislative Priorities • Other Issues

    6. 2009 Legislative Session • Overview • Bill Statistics • 2369 Bills Filed/271 Passed • 93 Presented to Governor • 20 Bills Signed by Governor • 4 Bill Became Law Without Signature • 0 Bills Vetoed • 69 Bills Pending in Governor’s office • 178 Bills not yet delivered to Governor

    7. 2009 Legislative Session • Presentation Outline: • Overview • State Budget Situation • Legislative Priorities • Other Issues

    8. 2009 Legislative Session • State Budget • 2007/08 Budget - $72 billion • 2008/09 Budget - $66.2 billion • 2009/10 Budget - $66.5 billion

    9. 2009 Legislative Session • State Budget – FY 2009-10 • $5.6 billion in Federal Stimulus funds • $2.4 billion in Revenue Enhancements • $588 million in Trust Fund Sweeps

    10. 2009 Legislative Session • State Budget • Revenue Enhancements - $ 2.4 billion • $980 million from a $1 a pack increase in cigarette user fees • $990 million in highway safety and other fee increases • $250 million in court fee increases • $150 million from the Indian Gaming Compact and other gaming issues(preliminary estimates)

    11. 2009 Legislative Session • State Budget: • Courts • Maintained current state court system funding • New or increased court fees in SB 1718 • $227 million for the State Courts Revenue Trust Fund (from GR) • Fees include additional $15 fee for County Court facilities • $21.5 million from federal stimulus funds to enhance drug courts in order to divert defendants from state prison

    12. 2009 Legislative Session • State Budget • Education – Pre-K - 12 • $17.93 billion ( .03% increase) • $477.7 million less in State funds • $425.0 million less in Local funds • Offset with $907.9 million in non-recurring Federal Stimulus dollars

    13. 2009 Legislative Session • State Budget • Universities • .12 % decrease in funding • $200 million in non-recurring Federal Stimulus dollars • Authority to raise tuition up to 15% per year (up to national average tuition) if meeting performance standards • 8 % tuition increase this year • Option to seek additional 7% increase

    14. 2009 Legislative Session • State Budget • Community Colleges • 4.5% decrease in funding • $100 million in non-recurring Federal Stimulus dollars • 8 % Tuition increase

    15. 2009 Legislative Session • State Budget • Transportation • 4.8% decrease in funding • $120 million State Transportation Trust Fund sweep.

    16. 2009 Legislative Session • State Budget • Environmental Programs • Florida Forever - $250 million in bonding authority • Everglades Cleanup - $50 million in bonding authority

    17. 2009 Legislative Session • State Budget • Health Care – Medicaid • $ 18.2 billion budgeted - $ 2 billion increase • Meds-AD and Medically Needy programs benefit • Increase made possible by: • Cigarette fee increases • Federal Stimulus • Hospitals reimbursement rate reductions of 1.25 % • Nursing homes reimbursement rate reductions of 3%

    18. 2009 Legislative Session • State Budget • Healthcare – Low Income Pool • $ 246 million LIP surplus due to enhanced federal participation • Projected 2010-11 deficit of $ 300 million if federal waiver is lost • $ 123 million saved for next year • $ 123 million to hospitals by June 30 • AHCA directed to petition Washington for an extension of the federal waiver

    19. 2009 Legislative Session • Presentation Outline: • Overview • State Budget Situation • Legislative Priorities • Other Issues

    20. 2009 Legislative Session • Legislative Priorities: • Central Receiving Center Funding • Sought funds for crisis stabilization beds • No member projects (CBIRs) allowed • No funding received

    21. 2009 Legislative Session • Legislative Priorities: • SunRail - Central Florida Commuter Rail -HB 7009 & SB 1212 • Support approval of FDOT/CSX terms for joint use • Support appropriation for 61-mile track purchase • Support other regions’ commuter/light rail goals including dedicated funding sources for Tri-Rail, etc. • Failed

    22. 2009 Legislative Session • Legislative Priorities: • Florida Transportation Revenue Study Commission – SB 582 • Study infrastructure needs & recommend funding sources • Stability of existing revenue sources • Innovative funding options • Equitable distribution of revenues • Failed

    23. 2009 Legislative Session • Legislative Priorities: • Charter County Transit Surtax Parity – HB 1205 • Allows all charter counties to place dedicated transit funding tax on ballot • Up to 1% sales surtax • Can be used for O&M • Changes name to Charter County Transportation System Surtax • Passed

    24. 2009 Legislative Session • Legislative Priorities: • Red Light Cameras - HB 439 & SB 2004 • Support change in statute to allow use of automated traffic enforcement technology to combat red light running • Support reasonable funding from fines for equipment costs • Protect Trauma unit funding • Failed

    25. 2009 Legislative Session • Legislative Priorities: • Highway Safety/Trauma Funding – HB 481 • Assesses an additional $65 civil penalty for failure to stop for a school bus, reckless driving, and racing on highways • New funds distributed to trauma centers • Passed

    26. 2009 Legislative Session • Legislative Priorities: • Street Racing – HB 843 & SB 1898 • Impound limit increased to 30 business days • Clarified “competitive challenge/response” • Passed (HB 1021)

    27. 2009 Legislative Session • Legislative Priorities: • Ethics Complaints/Open Records – HB 985 & SB 1582 • Seek statute change to exempt county ethics complaints until probable cause determination • Failed

    28. 2009 Legislative Session • Legislative Priorities: • Affordable Housing/Sadowski Trust Fund • Trust fund swept • TCEA’s for Workforce Housing • TCEA’s included in SB 360 (not specified)

    29. 2009 Legislative Session • Legislative Priorities: • Online Hotel Room Sales/Sales and Tourist Development Taxes – HB 539, SB 1970 & SB 2518 • Clarified that price paid by consumer is the official purchase price • $ 28 million state revenue impact (sales tax) • “Failed”

    30. 2009 Legislative Session • Presentation Outline: • Overview • State Budget Situation • Legislative Priorities • Other Issues

    31. 2009 Legislative Session • Other Issues: • Energy – Oil and Gas Exploration – HB 1219 • Allowed granting leases on state-owned submerged land underlying the territorial waters • Granting permits to drill a well in search of oil or gas within the territorial waters • Permitting or constructing structures intended for the drilling for, or production of, oil, gas, or other petroleum products

    32. 2009 Legislative Session • Other Issues: • Energy – Oil and Gas Exploration – HB 1219 (cont.) • Revenues to state would go to: • Bonding of up to $300 million per year for the Florida Forever land acquisition and land management costs • Up to $20 million per year for local governments to support beach restoration and nourishment projects • Up to $20 million per year to coastal local governments within the county or counties within which the lease or leases are issued • Failed

    33. 2009 Legislative Session • Other Issues: • Energy – Energy-efficient Appliance Rebate Program – HB 167 • Directs Florida Energy and Climate Commission to develop and administer a consumer rebate program for residential energy-efficient appliances • Appropriates $150,000 to start the program • Passed

    34. 2009 Legislative Session • Other Issues: • Property Taxes – Non-homestead Residential – SB 532 • Constitutional amendment on 2010 ballot • 5% limit to non-homestead residential assessment increases • Additional 25 % exemption for “first time” homestead buyers • “First time buyers” – no purchase in past 8 years • Exemption decreases 20 % per year for 5 years • Passed

    35. 2009 Legislative Session • Other Issues: • Property Taxes – Ad Valorem Tax Exemption for Deployed Military Personnel – HB 833 • Constitutional amendment on 2010 ballot • For military personnel with homestead exemption, and • Deployed in a military action outside of US • Percentage = number of days deployed during previous year divided by number of days in year • Passed

    36. 2009 Legislative Session • Other Issues: • Property Taxes - SB 1906/ HB 905/ HB 1263 “TABOR” Revenue Limitations • Constitutional amendment • Instituted Colorado-type revenue restrictions • Revenue definition did not account for unique factors of utilities, convention center , TDT , etc. • No consideration for higher price index for government materials and supplies • Failed

    37. 2009 Legislative Session • Other Issues: • Property Tax Assessments with Declining Market Value – HB 1087, HB 1173, SB 1164, SB2242 • Disallowed 3 % increase in Homestead property assessments in declining market value situations • Failed

    38. 2009 Legislative Session • Other Issues: • Property Tax Assessments Burden of Proof – HB 521 • Property appraiser has the burden of proving that the assessment was arrived at by complying with s. 193.011, F.S., and professionally accepted appraisal practices, including mass appraisal standards • If not, preponderance of the evidence standard for taxpayer to show that the assessment exceeds just value • Passed

    39. 2009 Legislative Session • Other Issues: • Property Taxes - Aggregate Rate Restriction – SB 738/HB 385 • Constitutional amendment • Aggregate tax rate from all taxing entities could not exceed 1.35 % of property value • Failed

    40. 2009 Legislative Session • Other Issues: • Accident Responder Fees – SB 2282 • Prohibits local government charges for first responder services following auto accidents • Exempts ambulance services • Exempts hazardous material clean-up • Passed

    41. 2009 Legislative Session • Other Issues: • Fire/Rescue Surtax SB 1000 • Allows up to one cent sales surtax referendum for funding fire/rescue services • Equal amount must be cut from property taxes • Requires interlocal agreement with cities • Passed

    42. 2009 Legislative Session • Other Issues: • Impact Fees – HB 227 • Government - preponderance of the evidence in an impact fee challenge • Prohibits a court from using a deferential standard • No freeze language • 26-11 Senate vote 1 vote shy of 2/3 mandate standard • Passed

    43. 2009 Legislative Session • Other Issues: • Expedited Permitting for Economic Development – HB 73 • Creates an expedited permitting process for economic development projects • Requires DEP or WMD to adopt programs to expedite environmental resource permits and wetland resource permits • Targets projects identified by local government as “target industry business” • Requires mandatory pre-application review process and provides a 45 day decision period • Passed

    44. 2009 Legislative Session • Other Issues: • Property Insurance/Citizens Property Insurance Corp – HB 1495 • Seeks to strengthen the state’s ability to pay hurricane claims • Premium increase by up to an average of 10 percent for Citizens’ policy holders • Passed

    45. 2009 Legislative Session • Other Issues: • Local Government Electioneering - SB 216 • Prohibits spending of public funds on election issues • Communication restricted to “factual information” • Includes department, agency, board, bureau, district, commission, authority, or similar body • Public officials may express an opinion • Passed

    46. 2009 Legislative Session • Other Issues: • Public Financing of Elections – HB 81 • Constitutional amendment on November 2010 ballot • Would repeal public financing of statewide election campaigns for Governor and the three Florida Cabinet positions • Passed

    47. 2009 Legislative Session • Other Issues: • Elections – HB 7149 & SB 956 • Substantial revision to third party voter registration organization requirements • Requiring supervisors of elections to be elected on a non-partisan basis • Provisions regulating paid petition circulators’ registration and rules • Process for invalidation of petitions not in compliance • Opportunity for voters to sign replacement petition when one is invalidated • Restricting Governor’s ability to extend voting hours to emergency situations • Failed

    48. 2009 Legislative Session • Other Issues: • Workers’ Comp – HB 903 • Addresses Florida Supreme Court ruling regarding attorney fees • Office of Insurance Regulation had approved 6.4 % increase in rates • Legislation could mean $500,000 annual savings to Orange County in attorney fees • Passed

    49. 2009 Legislative Session • Other Issues: • Growth Management – SB 360 • Designates Urban Service Areas as transportation concurrency exception area • Requires adoption of mobility strategies within 2 years • Eliminates DRI reviews by DCA

    50. 2009 Legislative Session • Other Issues: • Growth Management – SB 360 (cont.) • Extends Development Orders and Building permits for 2 years • Requires Zoning changes to be made simultaneously with plan amendments if requested • Extends compliance deadline for financial feasibility to December 2011 • Passed