Florida League of Cities Announces 2016-2017 Legislative Policy, Federal, and Advocacy Committee Appointments 

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The Florida League of Cities has announced appointments for its 2016-2017 Legislative Policy, Federal, and Advocacy committees, each of which is focused on a specific area of interest to Florida’s cities.

“Municipal officials are the driving force behind the League of Cities’ legislative success. In addition to setting the legislative priorities, the policy committee helps provide League staff with a better understanding of the real-world implications of proposed legislation,” said Florida League of Cities Legislative Director Scott Dudley. “We appreciate their willingness to serve, as there is a significant commitment of time and energy that goes into developing a policy direction for our legislative efforts.”
Legislative Policy Committee chairs, vice chairs, and members are appointed annually by the League’s president, currently Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie. Any city official is eligible to serve on a Policy Committee, and appointments are typically based on a city official’s support and advocacy of the League’s adopted Legislative Action Agenda, as well as participation at meetings, Legislative Action Day, and other legislative-related activities.
The Federal Action Strike Team (FAST) is responsible for advocating the League’s federal priorities to the Florida Congressional Delegation. The Advocacy Committee works to build relationships with legislators and communicates key municipal issues to the Florida Legislature.
The chairs and vice chairs for the 2016-2017 Legislative Policy, FAST, and Advocacy committees are:

Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources
Chair: Commissioner Nathaniel Birdsong – City of Winter Haven
Vice Chair: Councilmember Helen Miller – Town of White Springs

Finance, Taxation, and Personnel
Chair: Council Member Robert Yaffe – Town of Bay Harbour Islands
Vice Chair: Council Member Thomas Barnhorn – City of Seminole

Growth Management and Economic Affairs
Chair: Mayor Bill Capote – City of Palm Bay
Vice Chair: Commissioner Hayward Benson – City of Lauderhill

Transportation and Intergovernmental Relations
Chair: Mayor Woody Brown – City of Largo
Vice Chair: Councilwoman Karyn Cunningham – City of Palmetto Bay

Urban Administration
Chair: Council Chair Dawn Pardo – City of Riviera Beach
Vice Chair: Mayor Greg Ross – City of Cooper City

Advocacy Committee
Chair: Commissioner Phillip Walker – City of Lakeland
Vice Chair: Councilman Jim Burch – City of Cape Coral

Federal Action Strike Team (FAST) Committee
Chair: Mayor Joe Durso – City of Longwood
Vice Chair: Vice Mayor Mary Lawson Brown – City of Palatka

For more information on the League of Cities’ legislative policy development process and a complete list of committee members, see http://www.floridaleagueofcities.com/Advocacy.aspx?CNID=42

Founded in 1922, the Florida League of Cities is the united voice for Florida’s municipal governments. Its goals are to promote local self-government and serve the needs of Florida’s cities. Florida’s cities are formed by their citizens and governed by their citizens. The League is founded on the belief that local self-government is the keystone of American democracy. For more information, visit www.floridaleagueofcities.com. 

CONTACT: Scott Dudley, Legislative Director
sdudley@flcities.com or (850) 222-9684


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