County talks priorities with state legislators

Monroe County Administrator Roman Gastesi, legislative affairs director Lisa Tennyson and Marathon City Manager Chuck Lindsey meet with State Sen. Anitere Flores in her Tallahassee office. CONTRIBUTED

Monroe County Administrator Roman Gastesi and legislative affairs director Lisa Tennyson traveled to Tallahassee for the state’s opening sessions last week to discuss the county’s legislative priorities with Capitol officials, including State Rep. Holly Raschein and state Sen. Anitere Flores. City of Marathon Manager Chuck Lindsey also attended some of the meetings.

The county has several relevant bills coming in front of the House and Senate in the next week. Bills include: Vacation Rental Bills SB 1128 and HB 1011; an Air Ambulance Bill (SB 736) where Monroe County Fire Rescue will discuss the successes of Trauma Star; Sovereign Immunity SB 1302; and the Affordable Housing bills SB 998 and HB 1339.

In addition, the county and cities are asking for the full $20 million for Stewardship Act funding, and for the Stewardship funding to be put into the Land Acquisition Trust Fund, so that it recurs year after year.

Monroe County Administrator Roman Gastesi and legislative affairs director Lisa Tennyson meet with State Rep. Holly Raschein in Tallahassee to discuss the county’s legislative priorities, including recurring stewardship funding. CONTRIBUTED

“These are two big legacy efforts, and the Florida Keys are rallying to get these accomplished this session, which is the last for Raschein and Flores, both of whom are termed out after this,” said Tennyson.

More information about the county’s legislative priorities is at www.monroecounty-fl.gov/legislativeaffairs.

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