Community Affairs Committee, Florida State Senate

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The Community Affairs Committee is a standing committee of the Florida State Senate.

Per the Senate Rules, committees of the Florida State Senate are assigned by the President of the Senate.[1] The rules do not specify when or how often committees are assigned. The President shall appoint a chair and vice-chair for each standing committee and subcommittee.[2] A majority makes up a committee's quorum.[3]

DocumentIcon.jpg See rules: Senate Rules and Manual 2012-2014

Function

The Community Affairs Committee examines legislation in the following subject areas:
  • Broad range of issues relating to local governments (Cities, Community development districts, Counties, Homestead exemptions, Local government finance and taxation, Property assessment and taxation, Mobilehomes, Regional authorities, Regional planning councils, Special districts), Americans with Disabilities Act (code-related) and handicapped parking, Affordable housing, Building code and inspection, Local claim bills, Coastal management, Community redevelopment, Disaster preparedness, Eminent domain, Enterprise zones, Growth management, Homeowners associations, Hurricane Loss Mitigation Fund, Impact fees, Mandates, Mobile homes (housing aspect) and Retirement issues for local employees (firefighters, EMTs, etc.).[4][5]
Powers and responsibilities of committees:

(1) Permanent standing committees and standing subcommittees are authorized:

(a) To maintain a continuous review of the work of the state agencies concerned with their subject areas and the performance of the functions of government within each subject area;
(b) To invite public officials, employees, and private individuals to appear before the committees or subcommittees to submit information;
(c) To request reports from departments performing functions reasonably related to the committees’ jurisdictions; and
(d) To complete the interim work assigned by the President.

(2) In standing subcommittee has the reasonable right and authority to inspect and investigate the books, records, papers, documents, data, operation, and physical plant of any public agency in this state.
(3) In order to carry out the committee’s duties, the chair of each standing committee, standing subcommittee, and select committee may request the President to issue subpoenas, subpoenas duces tecum, and order to carry out its duties, each standing committee or other necessary process to compel the attendance of witnesses and the production of any books, letters, or other documentary evidence required by such committee. The President may issue said process at the request of the committee chair. Any member of a standing committee, standing subcommittee, or select committee may administer all oaths and affirmations, in the manner prescribed by law, to witnesses who appear before such committees to testify in any matter requiring evidence.[6][5]

Committee members

2013-2014

The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2013 legislative session.

Community Affairs Members, 2013
Democratic members (3)Republican members (6)
Geraldine F. Thompson, Vice-chairWilton Simpson, Chair
Christopher SmithRob Bradley
Darren SotoDorothy L. Hukill
Jack Latvala
Kelli Stargel
John Thrasher

2011-2012

The following table describes committee membership for the 2011 legislative session.

2009-2010

The following table describes committee membership for the 2009 legislative session.

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