What is Home Rule?
Home rule involves the authority of a local government to prevent state government intervention with its operations. Home Rule is defined as the right to local self-government including the powers to regulate for the protection of the public health, safety, morals, and welfare; to license; to tax; and to incur debt.
Simply put: Local decisions, locally made.
What is the threat to Home Rule?
In 2011, the state legislature took aim at Home Rule, utilizing its preemption authority to strip away local government’s right to preserve and protect neighborhoods or condominium associations by forbidding separate regulation of commercial businesses called vacation rentals. Some of those rights were restored in 2014, though the legislature seeks annually to exert its preemption authority, with each attempt being narrowly defeated.
Historically in the U.S., it has been the sole right of a local government to determine the character of its individual community and enforce that vision through zoning ordinances.
This year, in both the Senate and House, legislators are attempting to extend their preemption authority far beyond vacation rentals. Two pending bills – SB280/HB403 and SB620/HB569 – if passed, would limit the right of local government to enact ordinances. The bills are both intended to force local governments to consider how any proposed ordinance would impact the business community.
What you can do to help preserve your community:
This website is a means to share information about issues threatening local governments and provide concerned supporters an opportunity to take action against State Legislature overreach. Public outcry from people like you will help keep local decisions locally made.
This website is sponsored by the City of Anna Maria
If you are interested in preserving your community,