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Pinellas legislative delegation to meet Sept. 21

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Pinellas County lawmakers will hold their first public hearing ahead of the 2018 Legislative Session next month, the delegation announced Tuesday.

Delegation Chairman and Clearwater Republican Rep. Chris Latvala announced the Sept. 21 meeting Tuesday and said it will be held in the Arts Auditorium at St. Petersburg College’s Clearwater campus from 9 am to noon.

During the meeting, Pinellas County’s three senators and eight representatives and their staff will introduce proposed local bills, give presentations focusing on economic development and upcoming legislative priorities. The delegation will also hear from local organizations and agencies.

The delegation hearing will take place after the first interim committee week of the 2018 Legislative Session, which is scheduled for the week of Sept. 11 in Tallahassee.

Committee weeks are when lawmakers introduce much of the legislation they will push in the upcoming session, and many bills are passed through committee and primed for a floor vote ahead of the official start of session in January.

Members of the public looking to speak at the delegation meeting must fill out a speaker request form and send it to Latvala’s legislative assistant, Sue Berfield, or call her at 727-724-3000.

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