Legislative Affairs

Legislative Affairs oversees and manages the legislative and intergovernmental initiatives and functions for the County at the state and federal levels.

We are now focused on our Federal Legislative Agenda, an advocacy tool we create each year to work with federal lawmakers and agencies. It includes the County’s legislative priorities and the County’s positions on anticipated issues relevant to the County that are expected to arise in the current Congress. The Monroe County Board of County Commissioners approves this Agenda.

The County’s legislative staff and federal lobbyist pursue the legislative issues listed in the approved agenda, placing special attention on the priority issues. Monroe’s contracted federal lobbyist is Greg Burns, with the firm Van Scoyoc Associates.

This year the County’s federal priorities include:

  • Reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program
  • Proposed spending reductions in programs important to Monroe, such as those under EPA and NOAA
  • Funding for >Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT), which are federal payments to local governments that help offset losses in property taxes due to non-taxable Federal lands within their boundaries
  • Federal funding for the Florida Keys Water Quality Improvements Program
  • Federal funding for Everglades Restoration and the health of the Florida Bay.

Monroe County also works in partnership with federal groups to advance the County’s priorities. Monroe County is a member of Florida Association of Counties’ Federal Committee with Monroe County Commissioner Heather Carruthers as its chair. This committee helps to shape FAC’s federal priorities, which includes reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program.

Monroe County also is a member of the National Association of Counties (NACO). Monroe County Mayor George Neugent and Commissioner Carruthers both participate on NACO’s Gulf Coast Counties and Parishes Caucus, which focuses on issues related to the Gulf of Mexico. These issues include the National Flood Insurance Program and funding for the RESTORE Act. The RESTORE ACT stands forthe Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act that was created due to the BP oil spill in 2010. Monroe County Legislative Director Lisa Tennyson sits on NACO’s Public Lands steering committee that monitors and advocates for federal PILT funding.

As a member of the Southeast Regional Climate Change Compact, Monroe County also supports the Compact’s annual federal legislative agenda that advocates for federal action related to energy and climate issues.

The department's responsibilities also include developing the County's state legislative agenda; coordinating the County's position and response to pending legislation; preparing resolutions, talking points, issuing briefs and legislative updates; and identifying and responding to federal, state and local funding opportunities.

We work with the County's state and federal lobbyists, County staff and attorneys, the County's municipal partners and other key stakeholders to support and advance the County's legislative priorities and appropriations.

The department is responsible for implementation of the $20 million in RESTORE Act funds the County is slated to receive over the next 15 years. The RESTORE Act is a 2012 federal law that established the Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund. It provides programs, projects and activities that restore and protect the environment and economy of the Gulf Coast Region that suffered from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Monroe County State Legislative Program:

Monroe County Federal Legislative Program:

Florida Keys Environmental Stewardship Act

Monroe County Pumpout Program

Monroe County Resolutions

 Wind Insurance    

 Monroe County Demographics