[Law-envtlcert] FW: Florida Association of Counties position

Shi-Ling Hsu shsu at law.fsu.edu
Fri Jan 5 13:28:35 EST 2018


Environmental Certificate folks:

See below for a job announcement. Interested students should contact Sally Gertz.

Shi-Ling Hsu
D'Alemberte Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Environmental Programs<http://www.law.fsu.edu/academics/jd-program/environmental-energy-land-use-law>
Florida State University College of Law





An opportunity is available this spring for a student to work with the lawyers at the Florida Association of Counties in Tallahassee.  Association lawyers help county attorneys throughout the state with common legal issues.  A student could do it as a volunteer, or as a 2-credit research internship.  For a research internship, a student must work 120 hours and produce 30 pages of work product. Here's a link to the requirements http://www.law.fsu.edu/docs/default-source/registrar/internship.pdf?sfvrsn=6  A description of the substantive law involved is below.

In recent years, high profile policy conflicts between the city hall and the statehouse have had nation-wide implications.  States have sought to prevent local governments from passing local minimum wage laws, civil rights protections, immigration enforcement, and local regulation of businesses. In Florida, state preemptions threaten to tie the hands of local governments to regulate the activity through building, environmental and zoning codes, nuisance laws, business licensing regulations, and existing tax policies. Specific paper topics likely would review the history and evolution of Florida's constitutional and statutory homerule powers.  On-site hours may include attending Florida Constitutional Review Commission and legislative committee meetings, and meetings with county commissioners, legal, and advocacy staff related to proposals that affect local control and Legislative policy proposals that seek to create or expand preemptions.



More broadly, the student should be able to identify the factors that have resulted in some states' policies being heavily driven by the state capitol versus the more decentralized approaches of other states.  What government functions in Florida are left to the State and are considered "municipal services" within the purview of local governments?  To what extent to these fights reflect a difference in policy preferences between urban areas and rural areas and/or conflicts between political parties?  To which extent are these conflicts driven by state or local lobbying of residents, local business people, community groups, "big business," or other special interests.




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