Counties adopt 2012 legislative agenda

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Holding the line on additional hikes to employee retirement contributions, the Florida Association of Counties on Friday adopted a series of priorities for the upcoming 2012 session dealing with finance, juvenile justice and home rule topics, reports the News Service of Florida. The association urged lawmakers to make no further demands on employees who receive their pensions from the Florida Retirement System. Lawmakers earlier this year approved a measure requiring that FRS employees pay 3 percent of their salaries toward their retirement plans. Association members also called on the state to operate and fully fund detention facilities serving juveniles for both for pre-disposition and post-disposition days, while giving judges more discretion in pre-trial release. The group also wants lawmakers to reverse recent restrictions on the ability of local governments to levy impact fees for transportation needs. “By working together commissioners from urban to rural and across party lines come together to support a legislative agenda that focuses on the preservation of home rule

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