The AFC Advocacy Toolkit and Legislative Information


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General Advocacy and Legislative Information

Advocacy on behalf of the AFC membership is one of the primary activities of the Association.  The AFC Legislative Committee comprises 18 members all of whom serve as their college's registered lobbyist. Moreover, the Association's Policy and Advocacy Committee comprises all 28 presidents.

Collectively and in coordination with the Division of Florida Colleges, policy issues are prioritized and advocated under the Association umbrella.  The AFC pays particular attention to matters that could directly impact its individual members and mobilizes the membership through a series of educational meetings and informative publications. Along with advocating for the annual system budget and substantive policy issues, the AFC monitors retirement, employee benefits, and related personnel issues.


CAPITOL PERCEPTIONS is the AFC's weekly legislative newsletter for our members. This electronic publication provides timely updates on current legislative issues and their progress throughout legislative session. CAPITOL PERCEPTIONS  is posted online and distributed electronically to all AFC members each Monday during legislative session.


Upon the conclusion of each legislative session the AFC Legislative Committee prepares an annual summary of legislative bills related to higher education that passed or failed. Each bill and its impact is described. Additionally a comprehensive summary of the Florida College System legislative appropriations is provided.

2019 Legislative Session Information

Key 2019 Regular Legislative Session Dates

  • August 1, 2018 Deadline for filing claim bills (Rule 4.81(2))
  • January 25, 2019 Friday, 5:00 p.m., deadline for submitting requests for drafts of general bills and joint resolutions, including requests for companion bills
  • March 1, 2019 Friday, 5:00 p.m., deadline for approving final drafts of general bills and joint resolutions, including companion bills
  • March 5, 2019 Regular Session convenes (Article III, section 3(b), Constitution) 12:00 noon, deadline for filing bills for introduction (Rule 3.7(1))
  • April 20, 2019 All bills are immediately certified (Rule 6.8) Motion to reconsider made and considered the same day (Rule 6.4(4))
  • April 23, 2019 50th day—last day for regularly scheduled committee meetings (Rule 2.9(2))
  • May 3, 2019 60th day—last day of Regular Session (Article III, section 3(d), Constitution) 


The AFC Legislative team works year-round in the Florida Legislature to monitor, analyze and lobby issues that impact the Florida College System and all AFC members. Committee members represent the interests of the system-wide issues, as well as the particular interests of their respective colleges.

Each member develops relationships with their college's legislative delegation and works with them both in-district and in Tallahassee to keep them informed and knowledgeable on matters facing our colleges. Each committee is also given "lead issue" assignments annually.  Lead issues are areas of policy that could emerge during any legislative session. 

The lead issue person is responsible for monitor, analyzing, and reporting on that issue to the COP and the Legislative Committee.The AFC Legislative Committee includes college governmental relations liaisons from Florida's state and community colleges.


  1. Matthew Holliday, Florida SouthWestern State College
  2. Michael Brawer, Association of Florida Colleges
  3. Andy Treadwell, Indian River State College
  4. Eired Eddy, St. Petersburg College
  5. Mike McKee, Florida Gateway College
  6. Jack Hall, St. Johns River State College
  7. Virginia Haworth, Florida State College at Jacksonville
  8. Rachael Bonlarron, Palm Beach State College
  9. Victoria Hernandez, Miami Dade College 
  10. Lacey Hofmeyer, Broward College
  11. Brian Babb, Daytona State College
  12. Sandy Cessaretti-Ray, Pensacola State College, Chair
  13. Liam McClay, Santa Fe College
  14. Candice Grause, Tallahassee Community College
  15. Brian Thomas, State College of Florida, Manatee~Sarasota
  16. Eric Johnson, Hillsborough Community College
  17. Bill Mullowney, Valencia College
  18. Jessica Kummerle, College of Central Florida

The AFC contracts with lobbyists to work with the Legislative Committee and the Council of Presidents to promote our positions on a variety of issues, and also to provide access to the highest levels of the legislature and the Governor's Office.  This access provides the AFC unprecedented ability to meet with legislative staff and shape policy issues in partnership with them.  Moreover, on very difficult issues the contract lobbyists provide unique access to legislative leadership in the Capitol.

Allyce Heflin, Southern Strategies Group - Association of Florida Colleges


The Legislative Committee covers a myriad of issues.  Policy issues monitored directly on behalf of AFC members include employee benefit areas such as:

  1. Florida Retirement System

  2. Deferred Retirement Option Program (DROP)

  3. Sick leave and Annual Leave

  4. Severance

  5. Continuing Contracts and Tenure

  6. Academic Freedom and Speech

Other issues monitored by the committee relate to college "system-wide" policies including but not limited to:

  1. Community College Program Fund

  2. Public Education Capital Outlay (PECO)

  3. Dual Enrollment

  4. Residency

  5. Online learning

  6. Developmental Education

  7. Contracting

  8. General Education

  9. Career Education

  10. College Placement Testing

  11. Facilities Management and Maintenance

  12. Matching programs

  13. Tuition and Fees

  14. Campus Safety

  15. Guns on Campus 


Have an issue you would like to be considered for Legislative Action?  Download the Legislative Issue Request Form.


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