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2019 Florida Legislature Begins Session

The 2019 legislative session convened Tuesday – for the next 60 days lawmakers will discuss, debate and ultimately vote on a myriad of bills that will change the daily lives of all Floridians.

By Toby Tobin

TALLAHASSEE, FL. – March 6, 2019 – The 2019 legislative session convenes Tuesday – for the next 60 days lawmakers will discuss, debate and ultimately vote on a myriad of bills that will change the daily lives of Floridians from the Panhandle to the Keys.

For Realtors®, the 2019 session holds great promise for success on both new and longstanding legislative priorities.

For starters, protecting Florida's natural resources looks to take center stage this session, with lawmakers focusing on issues like red tide, blue-green algae, Everglades restoration, etc. – issues that resonate with Realtors. Their interest, combined with Gov. Ron DeSantis' recommendation for $625 million in environmental spending, has hopes running high for solutions to Florida's natural resource-related problems.

The governor has also called for full funding of the State and Local Government Housing Trust Funds, something that has not happened in recent memory. Lawmakers appropriate money from the trust funds each year for affordable housing projects, but the past several years have seen some of that money diverted for other budgetary purposes. If full funding occurs, $338.4 million would be available to help with Florida's affordable housing crisis.

Additionally, bills have been introduced that provide remedies for open and expired permits, protect private property rights, stop Assignment of Benefits abuse and allow online remote notaries in Florida.

If successful, each of these bills would help Realtors and the property owners they serve. 

Stay up to date on the progress of these bills, and more, by visiting Florida Realtors' legislative tracker.

This year's legislative session is scheduled to conclude on May 3, 2019.

© 2019 Florida Realtors®. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission.

Toby Tobin: REALTOR®, SRES®

I am a Florida licensed REALTOR®, SRES®, affiliated with Grand Living Realty in Palm Coast, Fla. As a real estate consultant and journalist, I have years of experience and a treasure trove of relevant analytics. I help developers, builders, homebuyers, and sellers achieve improved outcomes with reduced stress, knowing that their real estate decisions are sound and fact-based.

Call me at (386) 931-7124 or email me at Toby@GoToby.com.

Listen to my radio show, Real Estate Mattersevery Saturday morning right after the 11:00 A.M. news break on WNZF News Radio 1550 AM or 94.9 FM. Download the Flagler Radio App from the App Store so you can hear Real Estate Matters anywhere in the world.

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Don "Toby" Tobin is a licensed real estate professional affiliated with Grand Living Realty. Toby is a member of the Flagler County Association of Realtors®, the Florida Association of Realtors, Enterprise Flagler, Flagler Home Builders Association, and the National Association of Realtors.

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