FCV works with legislators around the state to enact strong conservation laws.
From the halls of the Capitol in Tallahassee to district offices statewide, FCV engages with lawmakers to develop and pass strong laws that protect our environment and communities. FCV works directly with elected officials and staff to develop policies, craft amendments, and secure the votes needed to pass good conservation legislation and defeat bad bills that strip away our rights to clean air, water, a stable climate, and democracy. We educate lawmakers about how their legislation impacts our natural areas, water, climate, community members, and rights of all Floridians. Through our briefing book, Gems report, legislative report, and other policy reports, we establish clear guidance on how to be a conservation leader. We develop the trust of elected officials and partners and hold lawmakers accountable for their votes.
Protection of our environment and community requires strong policies. These include stopping pollution at the source; conserving water and land; making a just transition to clean, renewable energy; preventing the causes and mitigating the effects of climate change; and ensuring democratic rights for everyone. We know that budgets reflect our values, which is why FCV advocates for investments in water and land conservation, programs that clean and protect our water, clean energy sources, and policies that promote smart growth and development.
FCV staff meets with lawmakers throughout the year and especially during committee weeks and legislative sessions to write and pass good environmental legislation. Our registered lobbyists regularly speak at committee meetings in support or in opposition to bills based on how they will affect our environment and the rights of Floridians. FCV works with legislators and staff to file legislation, write amendments, develop convincing arguments, and secure the votes needed to pass or defeat bills. We take this information and the actions needed, to develop engagement opportunities for conservation voters, calling on you to sign petitions, contact your legislators, and vote for appropriate constitutional amendments. With an understanding that our voice is stronger together, FCV organizes regular communication with conservation organizations and facilitates the development and printing of the briefing book, with input from experts around the state. We aim to be the trusted source on policies and budgets that best protect our environment and ensure healthy communities for everyone.