GRU Governance Reform Headed to House Floor for a VoteFebruary 27th, 2016 by gainesvillechamber
The Florida House of Representatives’ Regulatory Affairs Committee last week passed Rep.
Keith Perry’s bill to require a March 2017 City of Gainesville ballot referendum that would allow voters to decide whether to have an appointed utility authority govern GRU.
The Gainesville business community showed strong and visible support for the GRU bill (CS/HB 1355) which now heads to the floor of the House of Representatives for a vote.
During the Regulatory Affairs Committee meeting, Chamber Vice President of Public Policy Kamal Latham and Gainesville-Alachua County Association of Realtors GACAR) President Dave Ferro testified before the committee in support of the bill. Additionally, Builders Association of North Central Florida President Brandon Tinckham and Gainesville Chamber President/CEO Susan Davenport signed letters of support that were sent to legislators in advance of the Committee hearing.
If the House passes the bill, it moves to the Senate for a vote. If the Senate approves it, it would then go to Governor Rick Scott for signature.
Gainesville Sun editorial in support of the bill.
About 3 years ago, former Chamber Chair Mitch Glaeser appointed the Honorable N. David Flagg and Dr. David Denslow to lead a group of leaders in studying GRU issues. The outcome of that task group was a set of energy recommendations calling for the creation of a separate utility authority with fiduciary responsibility.