Manatee County Government Administrative Center First Floor, Commissioner Chambers 9:00 a.m. - January 29, 2013
REVISED January 29, 2013 Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #40

Florida HB 147/SB 412

Briefing Provided Upon Request

Contact and/or Presenter Information
Azzara, ext. 3771

Action Requested
Approve letter to be sent to Manatee County's Legislative Delegation, et al, opposing actions proposed under HB 147. 

Enabling/Regulating Authority

Background Discussion
Manatee County has one representative on the 13-member Southwest Florida Water Management District Governing Board. Board members are unpaid citizen volunteers appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Florida Senate to serve four-year terms on the Board. The Governing Board also appoints the District’s Executive Director, who directs all District activities. The Governing Board represents a wide cross section of interests, including agricultural, recreational, business, industrial, urban, rural and the public.  

Florida HB 147 (Pilon) and its companion SB 412 (Detert) would eliminate four members of the SWFWMD Governing Board, including Manatee County's lone representative seat. The bill would also eliminate one of the two representative seats, each belonging to Hillsborough and Pinellas and Polk counties. Under the bill Manatee County would share an at-large Governing Board seat with Sarasota County which now shares a seat with Charlotte County. The bill would take effect July 1, 2013; sitting Governing Board members would finish their terms. 

The House bill has been referred to three House committees, including Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee, State Affairs Committee and Local and Federal Affairs Committee. The Senate companion was filed on Jan. 22 and does not yet have any committee references. 

County Attorney Review
Not Reviewed (No apparent legal issues)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs

Attachment:  HB 147 Original.pdf