Jun. 4—Florida lawmakers passed a host of controversial bills this year touching on issues such as transgender athletes, social media companies banning users, new voting restrictions and protests that turn violent.
None of that legislation was discussed Thursday as
The first in-person
The group of five
Another question about whether the lawmakers believe the 2020 election results are legitimate was cut off by moderator and former state Sen.
"Do you feel that
Carlton also asked audience members not to bring up the election bill that imposed new restrictions on voting, saying it will be addressed during a later panel discussion.
While lawmakers didn't revisit many of the high-profile bills they debated this session, they did tackle some issues that are still generating significant discussion as Floridians take stock of the 2021 legislative session.
Growth control advocate
Lobeck noted that the region is growing at a rapid pace and said
"The issue is who pays for growth, we're in a boom," Lobeck said, adding: "How on earth do you justify doing a big favor for developers at the expense of our taxpayers?"
Gruters argued that the 12.5% annual cap on impact fee increases still allows for a reasonable increase while providing certainty to the development industry about potential new costs. He also implied that impact fee increases make it harder to build affordable housing.
"Everybody out there, you live within a fixed budget, I'm assuming, and if you needed a raise and you got a 12.5% raise you'd think that's a pretty good deal," Gruters said.
Legislation advanced in the
Robinson touted the
Other lawmakers also highlighted legislation they worked on.
"We had a lot of success," Gregory said.
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