Municipal officials are the driving force behind the League's legislative success.
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.
Due to potential Sunshine Law issues, only one elected official per city can be represented on each committee, but a city could have both an elected and a non-elected city official on each of the five policy committees. Committee chairs, vice-chairs and members are appointed annually by the League president. Appointments are usually based upon a city official’s support and advocacy of the League’s adopted Legislative Action Agenda, participation at meetings, Legislative Action Day and other legislative-related activities. The chairs and vice-chairs of the 2014-2015 Legislative Policy Committees are listed here.
The policy committees typically meet times each year to consider and develop proposed legislative priorities and then again at the FLC Annual Conference in August to review the session results and preview issues for the upcoming session. Due to the Florida Legislature convening the 2016 Legislative Session in January instead of March, the next cycle of policy development will commence during the summer of 2015 instead of the fall. The tentative Legislative Policy Committee Meeting Dates for 2015-2016 are:
- June 25-26, 2015 – Location TBA
- July 17, 2015 – Location TBA
- August 13, 2015 – Orlando World Center Marriot (FLC Annual Conference)
- November 19, 2015 - Location TBA (FLC Legislative Conference)
- August 11, 2016 – The Westin Diplomat, Hollwood (FLC Annual Conference)
Due to the accelerated timeline, the 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 Annual Conference instead of the FLC Legislative Conference. These priorities then become the League's Legislative Action Agenda. To review previous action agendas, click here.
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 Holly McPhail 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
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. Resolutions are often suggested or submitted by the League’s Board of Directors, local and regional leagues, individual municipalities or municipal associations.
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 according to congressional district and each member works closely with the League and the National League of Cities to influence federal legislation affecting cities in Florida.