2015 Florida League of Cities Legislative Priorities Announced
The Florida League of Cities has released its 2015 Legislative Action Agenda including its stance on municipal police officer and fire pension plans. All ten priority statements and background information are available to download
Institute for Elected Municipal Officials
Registration is open for the upcoming Institute for Elected Municipal
Officials (IEMO) on January 23-25 in Jacksonville. This
program is specially designed for newly elected officials and those with less
than one term in office and offers a comprehensive overview of Florida municipal government,
presented by a faculty of top professionals in the field.
Seventh Annual Florida Municipal Achievement Awards Program
The nomination form
for the Seventh Annual Florida Municipal Achievement Awards Program is now available. The goal of this program is to recognize innovations and excellence
in municipal government.
The Future Is Closer Than You Think: A Florida League of Cities Publication
When Pensacola Councilman P.C. Wu was sworn in as League
president in 2013, he selected technology as his platform. Wu’s vision
toward the future led to several technology-related initiatives, culminating
with the publication, The Future Is Closer than You Think: Cities Take on Technology
. Click here
to view or download the book online.
Florida League of Cities Apparel Now Available
Visit the Florida League of Cities webstore for all of your League-themed apparel! Browse through a variety of items, including clothing, hats and bags, that are great for work, meetings, leisure, League conferences and other events. Click here
to visit the store.
Municipal Youth Councils
The nomination form
for the Fourth Annual Municipal Youth Council Video Competition is now available. The goal of the program is to provide a way for Florida’s youth councils to showcase their ideas, creativity and commitment to their community. This year’s youth council video competition asks youth councils to look at their own community and think about key issues affecting young citizens.
Growing from a small number of cities
and towns, our membership now represents more than 400 cities, towns and
villages in the Sunshine State. Click here
to learn more about Florida's
– Click here
for a list of positions open. Click
for instructions on posting your
city’s ad to the Florida League of Cities’
Journalists’ Cameras and Social Control
Earlier this month, I wrote about the ways in which police
body cameras and our
own cellphone cameras exert forms of social control over our lives.
Inspired by the works of Jeremy Bentham and Michel Foucault, I considered how
these tools for memorializing the moments in our lives actually affect the
moments they are thought to capture. Police body cameras, because they promise
an “objective” record of events, may induce citizens and officers alike to be
on their best behavior. And the cameras on our ubiquitous cell phones prompt us
to pause and perform in certain predictable ways, whether for a selfie or a
candid shot of someone else’s exploits.
I have no doubt that such visual records have value. I enjoy
snapshots and short videos from family and friends revealing the beauty of
their surroundings or the antics of their children or grandchildren. I am
grateful, as well, for the help police and amateur videos sometimes provide us
in struggling to understand tragedies (though the evidence they provide, and
how different groups of observers interpret it, has itself become the focus of
recent controversy surrounding Eric
Garner's death while being arrested by New York City police officers).
ON TAP @ THE CAP - May 2, 2014
Source: Scott Dudley
Nineteenth century German Chancellor Otto von Bismark is credited with saying that lawmaking is like making sausage. Colorado State University professor John Straayer also offers several unique descriptions of the legislative process. The first is the legislature as an arena in which "a score of basketball games are progressing, all at one time, on the same floor, with games at different stages, with participants playing on several teams at once, switching at will, opposing each other in some instances and acting as teammates in others." Professor Straayer also compares the legislature to a casino, where there are lots of tables, lots of games, the stakes are high, there are winners and losers, but the outcome is only final until the next game commences and there is always another game planned for the future.
Thought about RMPE?
Source: Scott Blaser, CSP, Director, Risk Control
Thought about RMPE?
As I wrap up our first online meeting for the League’s Risk Management for Public Entities (RMPE) study group, I would be remiss if I did not let everyone know of this group, once again, and how it can help you obtain your RMPE certification.