Legislative Priorities

The City Manager’s Office is responsible for developing the City Commission's legislative priorities, coordinating approaches for advocacy, identifying appropriation requests, building relationships at the local, state, and federal levels, reviewing legislation that impacts Hollywood, and ensuring seamless communication between our elected officials and the City. 

Each year, the City Commission adopts the State Legislative Priorities of the City. While these priorities guide the City’s advocacy efforts in Tallahassee, they are not exhaustive and new issues may arise or evolve that will require the City’s attention. Issues are not ranked in order of priority. The City Commission, City staff, and contract lobbyists will pursue all legislative policies approved by the City Commission and place appropriate priority on the issues according to opportunities that arise during the legislative process. Amongst the City’s legislative priorities, overarching emphasis is given to maintaining home rule authority and opposing cost shifts or unfunded mandates.

The Florida Legislature meets in session every year for sixty consecutive days. A regular session of the legislature shall convene on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in March of each odd-numbered year and on the second Tuesday after the first Monday in January of each even-numbered year. There are other ways in which the Legislature may be convened as outlined in Article III, Section 3, of the Florida Constitution, including special sessions, which may be called either by the Governor; or by a joint proclamation issued by the Senate President and House Speaker. 

For additional information, please contact:
Adam Reichbach
Assistant City Manager for Finance and Administration 

2024 State Legislative Priorities

Priority Funding:

  • FY2025 State Appropriation Request: Hollywood Hills/Memorial Regional Hospital Exfiltration Drainage Improvements ($490,000)
  • FY2025 State Appropriation Request:  New Police Headquarters Emergency Backup Generator ($400,000)
  • FY2025 Small Matching Grant (Division of Historical Resources): Hollywood Historic Property Survey ($50,000)
  • FY2025 Specific Cultural Project Grant (Division of Cultural Affairs): Arts Park Live Concert Series ($25,000)
  • FY2025 Department of Elder Affairs Appropriation: Fred Lippman Multi-Purpose Center Programming/Services Funding

Coordinated Funding: 

Policy Topics to Monitor and Engage:

  • Affordable Housing Programs and Funding 
  • Building Code and Other Growth Management Policies
  • Communications Services Tax – Maintenance of current rates for municipalities
  • Condominium Assessments Resulting from Recertification Inspections – Explore financial assistance programs including low-interest loans to fund necessary structural and electrical repairs for economically vulnerable condominium owners 
  • Cybersecurity Efforts – Expand through state resources
  • Economic Development Opportunities Funding – Expand through state resources
  • Home Rule Preservation and Defense Against Preemption Efforts 
  • Historic Structures – Defense against preemption of regulation
  • Live Local Act – Pursue legislative clarification pertaining to highest allowable height via local zoning regulations
  • Local Business Tax Receipts (LBTRs) – Preservation of a municipality’s ability to levy
  • Property Insurance - Mitigate rising homeowners’ and commercial insurance rates including reforms to Citizens Property Insurance
  • Resiliency Measures – Including but not limited to sea level rise resilience, water quality, and other environmental issues
  • Resilient Florida Trust Funds Preservation
  • Seminole Gaming Compact
  • Septic to Sewer Conversion Funding
  • Sovereign Immunity and Claim Bill Reform
  • Vacation Rentals Regulations – Authority restored to local governments
  • Vessels and Waterways Issues – Including the protection and enhancement of anchoring limitation areas designated at the county-level

Important Dates:

January 9, 2024Regular Session convenes
March 8, 2024Last day of Regular Session (unless extended)