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The Ledger

Another Opinion: Legislative keeps eroding home rule

Conservative humorist and author P.J. O'Rourke might have had the Florida Legislature in mind when he wrote: "Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys." Particularly irksome, from where we sit, is lawmakers' marked propensity to always know what's right - for us. And therein lies the problem within the problem. The "us" in Leesburg or St. Augustine bears little resemblance to the "us" in Clearwater or Chattahoochee.

Ocala StarBanner

The assault on home rule

It might be clear to most readers the esteem we hold for the state Legislature. Give them a substantive state issue and they’ll make a mole hill out of a mountain. Particularly irksome, from where we sit, is lawmakers’ marked propensity to always know what’s right ... for us. And therein lies the problem within the problem. The “us” in Ocala/Marion County bears little resemblance to the “us” in Clearwater.

TC Palm

Florida Legislature's efforts to undermine home rule reach 'dangerous level'

We may have reached the nadir of the state's efforts to undermine the authority of local governments. Home rule - the decades-old tradition that allows municipalities and counties to regulate issues within their jurisdictions - has been under withering attack in recent years. That said, the latest proposal percolating in Tallahassee may have crossed a line.56