House panel advances bill giving Sheriffs budget control
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The Wyman Duggan bill gives Sheriffs the ultimate authority to reallocate money from subfunds at will.

The House Local Administration, Federal Affairs & Special Districts Subcommittee unanimously advanced legislation that could be a boon to the state’s Sheriffs who want control over their budgets.

HB 1447, sponsored by Rep. Wyman Duggan of Jacksonville, allows a Sheriff, including one of a consolidated city/county government, to move funds without the approval of the County Commission or Budget Commission after their budget is approved by the legislative body. This independence extends to procurement and personnel issues.

The subcommittee was the first stop for Duggan’s bill, which has the Judiciary Committee and State Affairs Committee ahead.

Sen. Clay Yarborough is carrying the companion bill, which has three stops ahead: Community Affairs, Criminal Justice and Rules. Community Affairs, the first stop for the measure, will hear it on Monday.

The two bills are aligned in language after a technical amendment in committee.

In Jacksonville, which has a Democratic Mayor and a Republican Sheriff that don’t always align, the Sheriff’s budget has a particular provenance.

Locals will remember a move from 2020 by former City Councilman Garrett Dennis, now a senior staffer for Mayor Donna Deegan, to hold half of the Sheriff’s budget in abeyance “below the line.”

That gambit didn’t succeed, but given worries about the Deegan administration from the city’s GOP establishment, this bill could be considered to be of a piece with other legislation attempting to curb mayoral powers, such as the bill looking to penalize city governments for removing Confederate monuments.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


3 comments

  • Dont Say FLA

    January 25, 2024 at 12:45 pm

    Watch out for that rider that undoes Rhonda’s exemptions!

    Yeah, Rhonda better read every last word of every bill that makes it to the tiny desk of Tiny Gov.

    They ain’t gonna be that productive while Rhonda still keeps their campaign secrets about what taxpayer money they spent, where they spent it, and what for.

    Your cat is scratching real hard at its bag, Rhonda.

  • MH/Duuuval

    January 25, 2024 at 2:27 pm

    It appears to me that the chief of police in Duval already has this power.

    Is this still another MAGA overstatement, to kill something today, tomorrow, and forever?

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