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The State Budget for 24-25 is signed, sealed and delivered.

Governor Ron DeSantis has signed the 2024-25 budget (HB 5001) and released his list of line-item vetoes totaling $949,611,399. 

Here are links to documents for you to dig deeper into what made and what didn’t.  

Copy of Appropriations Bill – Prior to Vetoes –
General Appropriations Bill – 24-25 – Pre-Veto

2024 Budget Veto List –
Veto List of 2024-25 Budget items

Governor’s Transmittal Letter –
2024 Budget Veto Message

Pre-Veto listing of Project and Program funding –
County By County Budget Allocations in the 24-25 Budget

Important Legislative Calendar Dates

December 4-8House and Senate Legislative Committee meetings
December 11–15House and Senate Legislative Committee meetings
January 9Legislative Session Begins
January 16Small County Coalition Legislative Reception and Briefing
January 17Florida Association of Counties Legislative Day
January 17Small School District Council Consortium Legislative Briefing
January 17–18FSBA Day in the Legislature, Tallahassee, FL
January 24-25Rural Counties Day – FREDA
March 8Legislative Session End


Legislative Priorities of the Small County Coalition

The Small County Coalition – 2024 Legislative Program – November 2023

Legislative Priorities of the Small School District Council Consortium

SSDCC 2024 Legislative Priorities – Adopted – Final Revised – November 2023

Bills filed related to Local Governments and/or Education

The following lists of bills are being tracked because they have or may have an impact on Local Governments, Local School Districts or Public Education.

The bill numbers are active links
Bills filed by 12-4-23 – Related to Local Government
Education Related Bills Filed for Consideration by 12-4-23

Legislative Local Budget Requests

House Local Budget Projects filed

Senate Local Budget Projects Filed

Small County Coalition Elects Officers and Presents Recognitions   

The Small County Coalition held the 2023 Annual Business and Organizational Meeting this past week in Orlando in conjunction with the Florida Association of Counties Annual Meeting  Over 150 commissioners and staff from Florida’s small counties attended.  Attendees received reports, Presented Recognition, and Elected Officers for 23-24.  

New Officers   

Melendy, Hawkins, Dougherty elected to lead Coalition through   

  • Elected Chairperson – Russell Melendy – Hardee County  
  • Elected Vice-Chair – Tray Hawkins – Washington County  
  • Elected Secretary – Chris Dougherty – Bradford County  


District Representatives   

Glidewell, Moore, O’Brien, Adams, Iglesias –  Elected to serve through 2025  

Ricky Jones, Darryl Smith, Larry Harvey, Darryl Smith, and Michelle Lincoln will serve through 23-24  

  • Re-Elected – Danny Glidewell – Walton CountyRepresenting District 1 – EC Terms  
  1. o Representing Wakulla, Franklin, Gulf, Walton, Washington, Holmes, Santa Rosa* and Okaloosa*)   
  • Re-Elected – Ronnie Moore – Madison County Representing District 2 – EC Terms  
  1. o Hamilton, Gadsden, Jackson, Jefferson, Liberty, Madison, and Calhoun  
  • Elected – Donald O’Brien – FlaglerRepresenting District 3 – EC Terms 2025  o Bradford, *Clay, Columbia, Union, Baker, Nassau, Flagler, and Putnam  
  • Re-Elected – Anthony Adams – LafayetteRepresenting District 4 – EC Terms 2025 o Gilchrist, Lafayette, Dixie, Levy, Sumter, Suwannee, Taylor, Citrus and Hernando  
  • Elected – Ramon Iglesias – Hendry –Representing District 5 – EC Terms 2025 o Charlotte, DeSoto, Glades, Hendry, Hardee, Highlands, Indian River,  

Okeechobee, Martin, and Monroe  

Recognitions Presented   

Outstanding Leadership  

  • Lee Constantine –President of FAC   

Special Recognition  

For Outstanding Service 

  • Chair – FAC Broadband Task Force – Larry Harvey, Putnam County  
  • Chair – Agriculture and Rural Affairs Policy Committee- Susan Adams, Indian River County   
  • Vice- Chair – Agriculture and Rural Affairs Policy Committee- Kelly Owens, Okeechobee County  
  • Co-Vice Chair – Committee on Preemption Task Force –  Mel Ponder, Okaloosa  Recognition of Outstanding Assistance 
  • Kelli Williams – Florida Association of Counties  

Recognition of Leadership by a Commission Washington County Board of County Commissioners  

Getting Ready for the 2023 Regular Legislative Session

Key Dates

  • Florida Legislative Session Convenes –  March 7th
  • Small County Coalition Legislative Reception–Sittig Hall – March 14
  • Rural Days in the Legislature – April – 25-27
  • 60th day – last day of Regular Session – May 5

 Bills Filed

Important Documents

Local Project Guidelines available

The Senate and the House have released the Guidelines and forms for seeking a local Project from the 2023 Legislature.    Linked below are information released by the Senate and the House. 

Senate Local Funding Initiative Form for Fiscal Year 2023-24.

2023-24 Local Funding Initiative Request Form

House Local Funding Initiative Forms

The House released the House Appropriations Project Request Form FY 2023-24 and other materials. The 2022-24 House Rules eliminate the requirement for appropriations projects to be filed as a bill, so they will no longer need to be heard in committee. Forms are due 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 13, 2023.

House Appropriations Project Request Form FY 2023-24  Due: 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 13, 2023.

REACH Act Directs Reduction of the number of Workforce Boards

CareerSource Florida is engaging a Realignment Process 

CareerSource Florida is exploring approaches to aligning Florida’s 24 local workforce development boards, consistent with the charge for reducing the number of local boards under the Reimagining Education and Career Help (REACH) Act.   The REACH Act seeks to achieve a more coordinated approach in delivering and using essential workforce development resources and services through enhanced alignment and accountability.

Signed into law after the 2021 Legislative Session, the REACH Act is an effort to position Florida to help people with barriers to education and employment become self-sufficient through enhanced access to good jobs and career pathways that offer economic opportunity.

The REACH Act (House Bill 1507)

House Bill 1507 Staff Analysis

CareerSource Florida REACH Act Highlights At-a-Glance

A complete overview and analysis are available at https://careersourceflorida.com/boardroom/reach-act/.  This site includes an explanation of all facets of the REACH Act including the Phase 1 Report (which has been concluded), an outline for Phase 2, a full set of Questions and Answers about the processes used for developing final recommendations, and an overview of the metrics for assigning Grades to the 24 Workforce Boards.   Included with this briefing are the following –

Phase One Findings Report: LWDB Alignment Evaluation

Phase Two Scope of Work:  Discovery, Research, and Option Development


The 2022 Florida Legislature passed, and Governor DeSantis signed into law, nine sales tax holidays or temporary exemptions and a motor fuel tax exemption. The calendar below details the dates for each exemption period. For more information, visit Sales Tax Holidays.

U.S.D.A. Rural Development a key component in supporting Rural Development
USDA Rural Development is the lead Federal agency helping rural communities grow and prosper. The primary focus of the Agency is to increase economic development and improve the quality of life in rural places and small towns. 

CS/CS/HB 153
Homestead Property Tax Exemptions for Classroom Teachers, Law Enforcement Officers, Firefighters, Emergency Medical Technicians, Paramedics, Child Welfare Professionals, and Servicemembers