Legislative Policy Committee members, their chairs and vice-chairs are appointed each year by the League president and reflect the diversity that make up Florida’s cities. Any city official is eligible to serve on a Policy Committee. The Policy Committees meet in September, October and November to discuss potential legislative priorities and then again in a final wrap-up meeting at the FLC annual conference in August. There are currently five standing legislative policy committees:
Energy and Environmental Quality Committee: This committee addresses policies specific to municipal concerns with coastal management, energy, environmental permitting, hazardous and toxic wastes, recycling, solid waste collection and disposal, stormwater, wastewater treatment and reuse, water management, water quality, water quantity and wetlands permitting.
Finance, Taxation & Personnel Committee: This committee addresses municipal roles in general finance and tax issues, revenue sources, infrastructure funding, local option revenues, revenue sharing, tax and budget reform and personnel and collective bargaining issues.
Growth Management & Economic Development Committee: This committee addresses policies specific to municipal concerns with community redevelopment, growth management and land use planning, and economic diversification and development.
Intergovernmental Relations & Transportation Committee: This committee addresses municipal concerns relating to affordable housing, consolidation and service delivery issues, education, emergency management, regionalism, relationships among the state, counties, municipalities, special districts, and other regional governmental units. The committee also addresses transportation related issues including billboards, highway beautification, rights of way, eminent domain and utilities and telecommunications.
Urban Administration Committee: This committee addresses municipal concerns with building and fire safety codes, building codes and construction, code enforcement, public records and public meetings, homeland security, public safety and Florida’s sunshine law.
The League encourages every city to participate in legislative policy committees. In reality, not every city is able to participate and, therefore, it is possible the policy committees may not be truly reflective of the full diversity of the League’s membership. The Legislative Committee is designed to mitigate any potential imbalances in policy committee representation.