Updating the River Board’s authorizing legislation, untouched since its inception in the 1980’s, was one of the priorities of the River Board this year. Chapter 86-335, Laws of Florida, establishes the River Board (Board), its Technical Advisory Council (TAC), and its mission. The legislation details the composition of the Board and TAC, how they are appointed, establishes terms of office, and quorum requirements.
Of particular note is that the original legislation included a seat for the Water Management District’s Hillsborough River Basin Board. This board no longer exists. This can make it difficult to meet the quorum requirement in the legislation. The update of the legislation sought to correct this by eliminating this seat and reducing the quorum requirement. With guidance and support from our bill sponsors, local legislative delegation Chair Representative Dan Raulerson and Senator Tom Lee, this legislation passed both houses and was signed by the Governor.
Other minor updates to the legislation include more local government flexibility in how appointments are made and in establishing terms of office. The River Board and TAC are now positioned to continue to provide their valuable service to the health and vitality of the Hillsborough River and the community at large into the future.