Legislative Affairs &
Historic Gato Building 1100 Simonton Street Key West, FL 33040
Ph: (305) 292-4444
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Monday - Friday
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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.
year the County’s federal priorities include:
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.
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 for the 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
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.