2016 Legislative Priorities

Federal Legislative Program

Subject Position
Beach Nourishment/Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) Implementation
Monitor the implementation of WRRDA to ensure continuous authorization for Pinellas County beach nourishment projects.

Support approval of funding for the construction of erosion control structures (such as permanent rock structures) that reduce nourishment frequency requirements on highly erosive beaches.
FY2016 Appropriations Support appropriations for CDBG, HOME, Continuum of Care Homeless Assistance Grants, CSBG, Corps of Engineers beach funding, COPS and Byrne JAG funding, Emergency Management Performance Grant funding.
Internet Sales Tax- Marketplace Fairness Act Support the Marketplace Fairness Act which would authorize the states to compel remote sellers to collect sales tax at the time of a transaction.
Low Income Pool Support continued partnership with the state government to provide funding for healthcare through the Low Income Pool program.
National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Monitor FEMA implementation of H.R. 3370 (The Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act). Support legislative action, policies and programs to ensure that all property owners can receive affordable flood insurance.
Offshore Drilling Oppose efforts to increase offshore drilling
Transportation Funding Support a long term reauthorization of MAP-21 that provides secure funding for County transportation needs.
Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Monitor the implementation of the WOTUS rule and its impacts on County operations.