The Florida League of Cities, the united voice for Florida’s municipal governments, recently recognized State Senator Gary Farmer with a 2021 Legislative Appreciation Award for his work during the 2021 Legislative Session to protect the Home Rule authority of Florida’s municipalities.
“After a session of repeated assaults against local control, I am proud to have been recognized by the Florida League of Cities for my efforts to defend home-rule in our state. I believe that Thomas Jefferson was right when he said ‘The government closest to the people serves the people best.’ That is why the ability of our cities and municipalities to make well informed policies that represent diverse and often unique needs of their communities must be protected. I’d like to thank the League of Cities for their recognition, and recommit myself to the defense of local control in Florida.” said Senator Farmer.
Legislative Appreciation Award recipients are legislators who have advocated on behalf of the League and its member cities time after time. During the 2021 Legislative Session, these lawmakers took action to support or defend local voices making local choices. Some of their actions included consistently voting in support of the League’s policy positions, offering amendments to help prevent preemptions and unfunded mandates and working behind the scenes to rally support for local self-government throughout session.