County Legislative Delegation Meetings

County Legislative Delegations are nonpartisan groups of members of the Florida Senate and House of Representatives who represent each of Florida's 67 counties in Tallahassee.

The delegation is responsible for holding annual meetings in each county; developing the county's legislative program which includes all local bills, community appropriation requests and county and municipal legislative priorities; and serving as a liaison between the Florida Legislature and local governments and community organizations.


It is important that as many of you who support our bills, go to the meetings of the Legislative Delegation Meetings of each county and as your local legislators for help. No lengthy speeches need, just ask for the help of your local legislators to pass a consumer-friendly HOA/CONDO REFORM BILL.

 

Here are some ideas that will help you saying the right things to your local legislators.

 

Stick to your emotional talking points. You must ask the legislators for help and make them feel that they can really help. Make sure they know you are open for suggestions. At a delegation meeting, all you're doing is piquing their interest so you can remind them at a later date that you had brought the issue to their attention at the delegation meeting.

  
Use talking points, such as:

1. Florida's economy hinges on a healthy real estate market. Many new retirees, snowbirds and investors are needed to create a healthy real estate market.
2. The nightmare of living in an HOA is hurting our state's image of retirees moving to Florida to live a hassle free life style.

3. Reforms should create more consumer protection, making Florida again attractive for potential buyers of homes and condos.
4. It is not fair that condo owners can call an 800 number and get their complaint handled, while people living in an HOA must hire a lawyer and go to court for even the simplest of complaints.

 

All in all: Short and sweet is the name of the game. Most delegations limit your speaking time anyway to either 3 or 5 minutes. Here is my presentation that I made to the Volusia County Legislative Delegation in DeLand on December 11, 2012. It gives you some ideas. You can add your personal issues to strengthen your points.

CLICK HERE: PRESENTATION

Even if you miss the deadline to be added to the agenda as speaker, you can still go to the meeting and speak. You can sign up directly at the meeting. I was yesterday at the meetings of Flagler and Volusia County. In both cases they were very accommodating and even made "last calls!"

 

Here are the scheduled meetings for the week December 17 - December 22:

 

Broward County Legislative Delegation

DATE LOCATION TIME
Tuesday Dec 18, 2012 Pembroke Pines 4:00PM-6:30PM
Thursday Dec 20, 2012 Ft. Lauderdale 4:00PM-7:00PM

   

Indian River County Legislative Delegation

DATE LOCATION TIME
Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012 Chambers of Vero Beach City Hall 9:00AM-12:00PM

If you want to speak at the delegation meeting, please FILL OUT THIS FORM!

 

Orange County Legislative Delegation

DATE LOCATION TIME
Monday, Dec. 17, 2012 Orlando 3:00PM-6:00PM
Click Here to read the invitation with all the details

Click Here for the Appearance Record

Click Here for the Written Comments Form

  

Osceola County Legislative Delegation

DATE

LOCATION

TIME

Thursday Dec.20, 2012

Commission Chambers (Room 401)
1 Courthouse Square

Kissimmee, FL, 34741

1:00 PM 

Click Here to read the invitation.

To be added to the Agenda as a Speaker please contact: Cecilia Figueroa in Senator Darren Soto's office: FIGUEROA.CECILIA@flsenate.gov 

 

Palm Beach County Legislative Delegation

DATE LOCATION TIME

Thursday Dec 20, 2012

West Palm Beach     10:00AM-12:00PM

 

Seminole County Legislative Delegation

DATE

LOCATION

TIME

Thursday Dec 20, 2012

Sanford

9:00AM-12:00PM

Click Here to open the Speaker Request Form

 

St. Johns County Legislative Delegation

DATE LOCATION TIME

Monday Dec 17, 2012

St. Augustine 4:00PM- N/A

 

St. Lucie County Legislative Delegation

DATE LOCATION TIME
Monday, Dec 17, 2012 IRSC, Ft. Pierce Campus 9:00AM-12:00NOON