Attend Your County Legislative Delegation Meeting to Speak Up For Amendment 1
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.
MAJOR POINTS TO EMPHASIZE IF YOU ATTEND A DELEGATION MEETING
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.