Northeast Florida legislators set meetings to hear issues – Florida Times-Union
Northeast Florida legislators are ready to hear from constituents about the issues they should focus on during the 2017 session.
The Duval County delegation will hold its annual public input meeting Wednesday. The following day the First Coast Legislative Delegation, which includes members representing the five-county area, will host a summit at Jacksonville University.
Sen. Travis Hutson, R-Elkton, is organizing the summit, a first for the 16-member regional delegation. He said the goal is to help newly elected legislators understand the industries and professions that drive the local economy.
“I want to get their mind in the perspective of understanding the region and different sectors as it relates to past, present and future goals,” Hutson said.
The summit will be held Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at JU’s Public Policy Institute and is open to the public. Lawmakers will hear from local experts on the topics of transportation, education and health care.
The Duval Delegation’s public hearing is Wednesday from 1 to 5 p.m. at Jacksonville’s City Hall in the Council Chambers. The mayor, sheriff, schools superintendent and University of Florida Health Jacksonville executives are usually given the first speaking slots, but the list will likely include representatives from nonprofit agencies, independent authorities and businesses that rely on state contracts and dollars.
The Duval Delegation consists of two senators and six representatives whose districts include portions of Jacksonville. All Duval Delegation members are also members of the First Coast Legislative Delegation.
Lawmakers will travel to Tallahassee the week of Dec. 5 to begin committee hearings ahead of the 2017 legislative session that begins in March.
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