Legislative Policy Committees
Each year, municipal officials from across the state volunteer to serve on the League’s Legislative policy committees. Appointments are typically a one-year commitment and involve developing the League’s Legislative Action Agenda which addresses priority issues that are most likely to affect daily municipal governance and local decision making during the upcoming legislative session. Policy committee members also help League staff understand the real world implications of proposed legislation and are asked to serve as advocates throughout the legislative process. In an effort to get a broad spectrum of ideas and to more fully understand the impact of League policy proposals on rural and urban cities of all sizes, it is ideal that each of Florida’s cities be represented on one or more of the League’s Legislative policy committees. More information about the policy development process can be found here.
The Florida Legislature convenes the 2017 Legislative Session in March. FLC Policy committees will commence in September. The proposed priorities adopted by each policy committee will then be submitted to the Legislative Committee and then ultimately the FLC membership for consideration and adoption at the FLC Legislative Conference. These priorities then become the League's Legislative Action Agenda. To review previous action agendas, click here
The Florida League of Cities has announced committee appointments for the 2016-2017 Legislative Policy Committees (press release
). Thank you to all who volunteered to serve. Due to potential sunshine issues, only one elected official per city is appointed to each committee. However, a city could have both an elected and non-elected city official serve on each of the five committees. Appointments were made based upon a city official’s support and advocacy of the League’s adopted Legislative Action Agenda, participation at meetings, Legislative Action Days and other legislative-related activities. Rosters for each committee are found on the individual committee pages.
Appointed policy committee members are expected to attend the following meetings. Hotel room block information will be provided via email. The League is unable to reimburse travel costs.
2016-2017 Legislative Policy Committee Meeting Dates
- September 30, 2016 - Policy Committee Meeting; Embassy Suites Orlando Lake Buena Vista
- October 28, 2016 - Policy Committee Meeting; Embassy Suites Orlando Lake Buena Vista
- December 8-9, 2016 - Policy Committee Meeting (FLC Legislative Conference); Embassy Suites Orlando Lake Buena Vista
Below is a listing of the five League policy committees. Click on each one to review the issues that fall within the purview of that committee, current committee members, staff contact details and links to issue briefs and advocacy resources. If you are interested in learning more about the policy committee process, please contact Mary Edenfied at (850) 222-9684 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FLC Legislative Policy Committees
The Legislative Committee
A key component to the final adoption of the League’s Legislative Action Agenda is the Legislative Committee. Appointments to the Legislative Committee are made by the FLC president and usually includes each legislative policy committee chair and the chairs of the other standing committees; the president of each local and regional league; the presidents of several other municipal associations; chairs of the municipal trust boards; and several at-large members. These officials typically meet at the Legislative Conference to review the recommended priorities of the five Legislative Policy Committees. The role of the Legislative Committee is to provide a “big picture” perspective to ensure that issues are truly representative of statewide municipal interests, not duplicative or in conflict, and are timely and properly presented. The Legislative Committee may limit, reject, prioritize or rank recommendations. The policy priorities as adopted by the Legislative Committee are then recommended to the general membership for approval as the League’s Legislative Action Agenda.
The Advocacy Committee is a standing committee that is responsible for building support in the Legislature for the Action Agenda adopted by the Florida League of Cities. Members are responsible for making direct contact with state elected officials on behalf of the policy issues and provide strategic direction on the Leagues’ lobbying initiatives. The Advocacy Committee is appointed by the League president.
The Resolutions Committee
The Resolutions Committee is appointed by the League president and meets during the League’s Annual Conference in August. The composition of this committee is similar to the Legislative Committee. The League’s by-laws provide that only state legislative issues are to be considered by the Legislative Policy Committees and federal and state constitutional and commemorative issues are to be considered by the Resolutions Committee.
The Federal Action Strike Team (FAST) is a standing committee that addresses federal issues that affect municipalities. FAST members are appointed by the League president and each member works closely with the League and the National League of Cities to influence federal legislation affecting cities in Florida.