Proclamation Amending the Call for a Special Session

April 19, 2022

This morning Governor Ron DeSantis issued a proclamation calling for a special session and expanded the special session to include legislation relating to independent special districts.

The language dissolves certain independent special districts and authorizes reestablishment of certain independent special districts.

If your special district codified Special Acts pursuant to Chapter 189.019, your district will not be impacted.

HB 3C

According to DEO’s Special District Accountability Program Official List of Special Districts, there are 132 active independent special districts that were created by special act before November 5, 1968.29 Of those 132 districts, 127 appear to operate under a charter that was reestablished, re-ratified, or otherwise reconstituted by a special act or general law after November 5, 1968.

The following five districts appear to operate pursuant to a charter, which predates the 1968 Florida Constitution and was not reestablished, re-ratified, or otherwise reconstituted by a special act or general law after November 5, 1968:

  • Bradford County Development Authority, Bradford County
  • Sunshine Water Control District, Broward County
  • Eastpoint Water and Sewer District, Franklin County
  • Hamilton County Development Authority, Hamilton County
  • Marion County Law Library, Marion County
  • Reedy Creek Improvement District, Orange and Osceola Counties

As always, we will keep our association members informed on the outcome. If you have a specific question regarding the above, please call David Ramba at (850) 443-4444 or email him at [email protected].