The Legislative Platform is adopted annually by the APA Florida membership at the Annual Business Meeting at the statewide conference. It is updated through the review of the Legislative Policy Committee and Chapter Executive Committee. It is composed of two main components described to the right. The Key Position Statements are intended as an easy aid for any APA Florida member to use to maximize their impact when having the attention of one of their Legislators. It also simplifies a member’s focus and fosters the use of APA Florida’s positions to assess issues arising before local and regional decision-makers. This format has been successful in broadening APA Florida’s impact and increasing its effectiveness as the Chapter works with its Sections to expand the planning constituency participating in the legislative process.
The balance of the Positions assist and guide members, the Executive Committee, the Legislative Representative and the Chapter Office in allocating time and resources when responding to and prioritizing the overwhelming volume of issues that develop in the course of the annual 60-day Legislative Session. It enables the APA Florida leadership to refine and adapt the Chapter’s legislative focus to meet its most pressing needs and those of the profession. It further benefits the Executive Committee and Legislative Policy Committee, which convene on a year round basis, in being able to take a stand on issues between annual meetings.