Public Policy

Attend Your County Legislative Delegation Meeting to Speak Up For Amendment 1

September 19, 2015

One of the best opportunities for you to meet and speak with both your local Representative and Senator is during the local Legislative Delegation meetings, which are currently being scheduled and conducted on a county-by-county basis. Your Legislative Delegation is comprised of all the Representatives and Senators whose districts include all, or part, or the county in which your reside. So your Legislative Delegation meeting provides a rare chance for you to speak directly with the state lawmakers who represent you in Tallahassee.

The members of the Florida Native Plant Society worked hard to put Amendment 1 on the ballot during the 2014 election, and to see it become law. If you were frustrated by the Legislature’s refusal to spend the first year of Amendment1 funds in a manner consistent with the intent of your vote, and by their contention that you didn’t actually want more natural areas to be conserved, then you should try to attend your Legislative Delegation’s meeting and let them know where you stand on issues of importance to native plants, including the need to conserve additional natural areas.

A list of scheduled Legislative Delegation meetings is provided below, with contact information if available, so you can request additional information. Some Delegations require that Speaker Request Forms be completed and submitted in advance of the actual meeting. The meeting list will be updated as additional meeting dates are announced.  If you know of a scheduled meeting that is not included on the list, please provide that information to the Policy Committee.


1. Restore Florida Forever funding. Let them know that when you voted in support of Amendment 1, you intended for a large portion of the funds to be used to conserve land. Annual funding for Florida Forever should at least equal the $300 million that was allocated before funding was cut in response to the recession. This amount is not cost-prohibitive given that annual Amendment 1 funding exceeds $700 million.

2. Manage Florida’s conservation lands responsibly. The land we have already conserved represents a valuable investment and proper management is necessary to protect our investment. Management shouldn’t be short-changed by inadequate staffing or funding. Funding should be sufficient to implement the management plans that have been adopted for each property.

3. Do not spend Amendment 1 funds on items previously provided from other funding sources, such as staff salaries. Amendment 1 was intended to supplement funding for conservation, not replace pre-existing funds that came from other sources.

4. Adopt a comprehensive approach to protection of our water resources. Such an approach must account for the water needs of our springs, rivers, estuaries, and other water-dependent natural systems.

County           Date     Time           Location                                     Contact Info

Broward        Sept 21 4:00-7:00   Larkins Community Center        954-357-6555

Charlotte       Oct 15  1:00-4:00   Punta Gorda Isles Civic Assoc   941-613-0914

Clay              Sept 29 6:00-8:00 Clay Co Commission Chamber   386-312-2272

Collier           Oct 15   2:00-?      North Collier Regional Park          239-417-6200

Franklin        Sept 28 7:00-?      Courthouse Annex, Apalachicola  850-487-5003

Hamilton       Sept 22                  NA                                                 NA

Hernando     Sept 30 1:00-?      Hernando Co Gov Center Bville    352-688-5004

Hillsborough Sept 25 9:00-?       Hillsborough CC, Brandon             NA

Indian Rier   Sept 23  9:00 a.m.  Vero Beach City Hall                     NA

Lafayette      Sept 22  10:00       Lafayette Co Comm Chambers Mayo  NA  

Lee               Oct 14  9:00-5:00  FL Southwestern State College    239-694-0161

Leon             Sept 21  6:00-?     Leon Co Commission Chamber  850-487-5003

Martin           Sept 24 9:00-12:00 Martin Co Admin Center Stuart 772- 221-4011

Miami-Dade Nov 12 10:00-1:00 School Board Bldg

Palm Beach Dec 8  9:30-11:30 Lakeside Medical Belle Glade  561-355-2406

Pasco           Sept 29 1:0-4:00      Sunlake High School Gym      813-909-9919

Polk               Nov 9    1:00-?      Polk Admin Bldg, Bartow           863-668-3028

Santa Rosa   Sept 22 5:30-7:00 Santa Rosa Admin Complex   850-916-5436

St. Lucie        Sept 25 1:30-5:00 Indian River SC Ft. Pierce     NA

Volusia           Oct 16  10:00-1:00 Deland City  


Raising an Issue

Types of Issues Addressed by FNPS

  • General areas considered to be of statewide FNPS significance
  • Any Florida legislative action that affects our state environmental land acquisition program known as Florida Forever, which includes Florida Communities Trust and/or any other state agency funded through Florida Forever (DEP). This includes, but is not limited to, any legislation affecting funding of the program. It also includes the urgent need to fund the Florida Forever program.
  • All state and local land acquisition efforts for preservation and conservation.
  • Any statewide policy changes that enhance improve or further natural resource system protection within recognized preserves and/or reserve or state park refuge.
  • Development issues that are regional or have statewide significance in that they affect a change in Florida policy towards land acquisition, natural resource systems or waters of the state, but only if the issue clearly relates to the FNPS mission to preserve, conserve and restore native plants and native plant communities.
  • Any state legislative, state agency or state university action that would affect the viability (or lack thereof) of native plants and native plant communities. This includes, but is not limited to, state policy on exotic invasive species, water conservation, listed plant species, and cataloging of native plant communities.

General areas considered not to be of statewide significance include

  • Issues that are primarily related to managing the way a local jurisdiction grows or the methods it uses to plan growth. Unless it can be shown to meet criteria number four in the previous section.
  • Issues that are primarily transportation related unless the issue is of at least regional significance and would impact an established preserve/reserve/state park refuge/or a functional ecologically sensitive ecosystem.
  • Issues that involve local jurisdictional ordinances or land development codes.