Legislative Delegation held a Public Hearing in Holmes County

Published: Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 10:15 AM.

BONIFAY — Members of state legislative delegation representing Northwest Florida, Representative Marti Coley and Senator Don Gaetz held a public hearing at the Holmes County School District Office on Tuesday, Jan. 29.

The purpose of the public hearing was for delegation members to hear public comments on proposals for the 2013 Legislative Session.

“The first reason we’re here is if there’s any local bills that would effect just Holmes County and if there was such bills then they would begin in the House of Representatives and then the speaker pro-tem would introduce the bill and then they would come to the Senate if the House agreed,” said Gaetz. “There have been no local bills that have been proposed by any local government, any local group, local individual or family. Subsequently there will be no local bills effecting Holmes County proposed for 2013 session.”

The second reason, said Gaetz was for him and Coley to hear from the local people of Holmes County.

“There will be a lot of issues to come before the legislature, like they do every year,” said Gaetz. “There are over 3,000 bills that get introduced in the legislative session and, with God’s mercy, only 10 percent of them will go on to become law. Most of the rest of them are some pretty dumb ideas.”

One of the most important aspects, said Gaetz, is to get an accurate “read” on public input.

“So we’re here today to listen to your concerns, your questions, your insights and help inform us as we grow in the House and in the Senate,” he said. “Representative Coley; we’re very fortunate to have her as our state representative in this area. She is the speaker pro-tem elected by the House of Representatives to be the number two person in the House working very closely with the speaker in the Senate agenda and moving the House of Representatives forward.”

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