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TOP VIDEO: Hurricane Irma Lessons

Citrus County Commissioner Ron E. Kitchen Jr., District 3

Citrus County Commissioner Ron Kitchen Jr. on Tuesday told fellow commissioners about a Nov. 13 meeting of the Tampa Bay Regional Council to discuss lessons learned from Hurricane Irma.

Kitchen represents Citrus County on the council.

Out of those discussions, the council fomulated possible Legislative priorities to make the state more prepared for future hurricanes. Part of those discussions included hurricane evacuation routes and, Kitchen said, the Suncoast Parkway extension project through Citrus County was also discussed as being a priority.

State budget crafted for 2016-17

The second to last week of the 2016 Legislative Session is in the books!

Last weekend and this week, our workload was largely focused on the conference process as the Senate and the House of Representatives worked to craft the State’s final budget for the 2016-17 Fiscal Year.

Legislative Session continues in Tallahassee

State Sen. Charlie Dean

Work continued this week in Tallahassee, with the Florida Senate meeting in committee and on the Floor.

I was especially excited to have my first bill of Session, Senate Bill 106, Relating to County Employees, heard on the Floor this past Tuesday.

I believe this bill will restore some home rule authority and flexibility for our counties, and I look forward to passing it out of the Senate next week.

Public's right to speak questioned at meetings

Theodora Rusnak, Citrus County Council

A small, but vocal, group of Citrus County residents asked the county commission on Tuesday to restore things to the way they were before the BOCC voted to change the order of "Open to the Public" comments at BOCC meetings.

The group has been lobbying commissioners during the past two commission meetings to modify an ordinance that governs public comment during governmental meetings which was modeled to comply with Senate Bill 50, passed by the Florida Legislature earlier this year.

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