FMO Newsletter June 2020 Print

    President's Report

    Greetings Everyone,

    Today, June 9th, Governor DeSantis approved HB 1339 and it will become law on July 1st.  Thanks to all of you who took the time to get involved in the process and write to your Legislators.  If you recall, Senate Bill 818 was a bill that did not favor Manufactured Home Owners.  I have to admit that when this bill passed the first two committees with a total vote of 14 to 0, I became concerned.

    Although I have been stating for years our strength in Tallahassee is through our votes, I was beginning to doubt my words.  Unfortunately, my memory was too short.  After all, you all helped pass Amendment 2 in the last election to keep the cap permanently on property tax increases for commercial real estate. This was also something that no one envisioned we could pull off.  We are powerful when we come together and act as one.

    At our biannual State Assembly in December our Bylaws were amended to change the name and mission of the Legislative Committee.  This committee is now called the Political Advocacy Committee. Their mission statement is: “To provide leadership and recommendations in creating, influencing, and supporting changes in public policy that best protect and advance the interests of mobile/manufactured home owners through education and direct interactions with elected officials, candidates, and media.”

    Now is the time to build on our momentum and strengthen our position in Tallahassee.  This summer there will be candidates running in the primaries at the state and local levels.  Get to know the candidates and educate them on our issues.  Place your vote with those who you believe have heard and understand our issues. The Political Advocacy Committee (PAC) will be publishing some guidelines and talking points. Stay tuned.

    Take care and be safe,

    Jerry Durham

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    Legislative Briefs - Nancy Black Stewart

     Greetings from Tallahassee!

    The Governor approved CS/CS/CS/ HB 1339 on June 9 to meet his June 10 deadline.  Here is a link to the bill in its entirety:  https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2020/1339/BillText/er/PDF

    Please be reminded that the bill is comprehensive legislation relating to all aspects of affordable housing.  Chapter 723 language begins in Section 21 of the bill beginning on line 1115 on page 45.

    The Governor has not received the budget at this writing, (June 10), and the Legislation must still send him 144 other bills which were passed this Session.  The Governor will have 15 days to take action from the time he receives each bill.

    On another note candidates are qualifying to run for the Florida Senate and House this week.  Qualifying began at Noon Monday, (6/8), and will end at Noon Friday, (6/12).  Qualifying means that the candidate has properly filed the appropriate paperwork and paid the qualifying fee, if required.

    Please use this link to find your candidates for your House and Senate districts: 

    https://dos.elections.myflorida.com/candidates/CanList.asp

    Expect this to be a very active election cycle in Florida.  Already there are more seats with multiple candidates than in many years.

    The Florida Primary Election will be August 18 and the General Election is November 3rd.

                                                                                                                    Respectfully submitted,

                                                                                                                    Nancy Stewart

     FMO Legislative Counsel        

                  

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    Did you know?

    Fifty four years ago, while many of our current park residents were fighting in Vietnam or pioneering our race to the moon, the Supreme Court of Florida affirmed the right of cities and counties to tax mobile homes as real property. A hue & cry was heard across the state and on Nov 2, 1965 Amendment 5 to the Florida Constitution was passed. The Florida Constitution, Article VII, Section 1(b) states:  “Motor vehicles, boats, airplanes, trailers, trailer coaches and mobile homes, as defined by law, shall be subject to a license tax for their operation in the amounts and for the purposes prescribed by law, but shall not be subject to ad valorem taxes”

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