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Bill To Cover Court Cost For Citizens In Cases Against Rogue Governments Advances

Chris Potter

One bill could cost stubborn city and county governments more money if they don’t follow state rules.

Local governments have a lot of authority to pass rules in their area as they see fit, unless it conflicts with federal or state law. But Rep. Anthony Sabatini (R-Clermont) says sometimes they don’t follow the rules.

“Some cities and counties continue to create ordinances in that area, they’re essentially rogue they decide to do whatever it is they want to do," said Sabatini.

A citizen who wants to force the city to adhere to state rules must go through the court of law, which often means hiring an attorney.

“What I was surprised to learn was that when you do have to sue a local government to make them do the right thing and follow state statute, you don’t get your attorney’s fees," said Sabatini.

Sabatini’s proposal would entitle that citizen to attorney fees and costs if they win the court case.

Blaise Gainey is a State Government Reporter for WFSU News. Blaise hails from Windermere, Florida. He graduated from The School of Journalism at the Florida A&M University. He formerly worked for The Florida Channel, WTXL-TV, and before graduating interned with WFSU News. He is excited to return to the newsroom. In his spare time he enjoys watching sports, Netflix, outdoor activities and anything involving his daughter.