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Jennings appointed to FLOC Resolution Committee

By Staff | Jul 7, 2010

Last week, Sanibel City Council member Jim Jennings was officially appointed to the 2010 Florida League of Cities Resolution Committee.

The Resolutions Committee is composed of the Presidents of the local and regional league and municipal associations, legislative and standing policy committee chairs and several at-large members.

“The Florida League of Cities has been very active and productive on issues effecting Floridians on a daily basis, such as pending legislation, alternative energy, insurance reform, retirement funding, environmental efforts and protecting home rule,” said Jennings, whose nomination to the Resolution Committee was made by Rudy Busch, also a member of Keep Lee County Beautiful.

The Resolution Committee is charged with considering official resolutions relating principally to constitutional, congressional and commemorative issues. All state and legislative issues shall be referred to the appropriate League Legislative Policy Committee for consideration.

Jennings has served on Sanibel City Council since 2003 and also serves on the Board of Directors of the Florida League of Cities, the Florida League of Cities Legislative Committee and as President of the Southwest Florida League of Cities. He formerly served on the 2009 National League of Cities Energy, Environment and Natural Resources (EENR) Policy and Advocacy Committee.

According to Jennings, he pushed the Florida League of Cities to stand firm against allowing offshore drilling in Florida’s waters during discussions last year. And when the league meets again for their annual conference in Hollywood, Fla. next month, he intends to do the same.

"I play more defense than offense," he said. "Offshore drilling is such a hot and heavy issue right now."

During his four-year tenure on the League of Cities, Jennings reports that every year, state legislators continue to encroach upon local governments and how much can be controlled.

"Every year, it’s like a siege," he said. "Those legislators and trying not to increase their budgets, so we are always keeping that in mind and keep things reasonable."

In addition, Jennings represents Sanibel’s City Council on the Lee County Horizon Council and serves as Council liaison to the Parks and Recreation Committee and the Recreation Financial Assistance Committee.