Legislative Policy Committees

Energy, Environment & Natural Resources 
 
Finance, Taxation & Personnel 
 
Growth Management & Economic Affairs 
 
Transportation & Intergovernmental Relations 
 
Urban Administration 
 
 

Policy Development Process

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)   

The Florida Legislature convenes the 2017 Legislative Session in March. FLC Policy committees began meeting in September 2016. The proposed priorities adopted by each policy committee was then submitted to the Legislative Committee and then ultimately the FLC membership for consideration and adoption during the FLC Legislative Conference on December 9, 2016. These priorities will now become the League's Legislative Action Agenda.
 
The Florida League of Cities announced committee appointments for the 2016-2017 Legislative Policy Committees in August 2016 (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.

Above are links to each of the five League policy committees. 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 medenfield@flcities.com.

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.