In the News
- Florida Office of Drug Control Director's Update Excerpt (12/10/10)
Impact of the Legislature's Veto Overrride of HB 1565 on Pill Mills – During the last legislative session, HB 1565 was passed by the legislature. This bill requires state agencies to receive legislative approval before implementing any rules that would have an economic impact to small businesses. The bill states that rules that would result in any regulatory costs in excess of $200,000 in the aggregate within one year must be ratified by the Legislature. The Florida Legislature recently voted to override Governor Crist's veto of this bill, so it became law last month. The Department of Health has carefully reviewed this law as it applies to the recent anti-pill mill legislation (SB 2272). They have determined that the rules that they are currently developing for their health inspectors to use to implement this law are covered under the HB 1565. This means that the Legislature must approve the rules before the Department of Health can move forward to begin inspecting, regulating, and closing down the illegally operating pain clinics in Florida. The impact of this law has been to effectively stop the Department of Health from accomplishing the intent of the anti-pill mill law.
Advocacy and Government Affairs
Communicating with Your Legislator
When Visiting Your Legislator:
- Arrange meetings well in advance, keeping in mind that most legislators hold other jobs and their time is limited.
- Come prepared and state your purpose briefly and directly. Have your facts correct.
- State precisely what you wish the legislator to do, such as increase substance abuse services funding. Use information supplied by FADAA to support your request.
- Supply the legislator with FADAA position papers on your subject requests.
- Always follow-up your visit with a letter of thanks.
When Writing Your Legislator:
- Limit your letter to a single subject.
- Be succinct and to the point.
- Support your position with facts…correct facts.
- Explain how the issue will affect you and your program.
- Always follow-up with a thank you letter after you receive a reply.
FADAA Legislative Key Contact Program
Our Legislative Key Contact Program continues to be as successful as ever. As an essential part of the FADAA legislative efforts, our Key Contacts provide us with valuable input on how the Legislature stands on FADAA-related issues. Even though we have a large base of Key Contacts, more are needed to continue this program. FADAA always seeks to recruit past, present and future members to become a part of our network of Legislative Key Contacts. Below are answers to some frequently asked questions regarding the Key Contact program.
What is a FADAA Legislative Key Contact?
A Key Contact is an individual who has accepted the responsibility of serving as an information link between a legislator and the Florida Alcohol & Drug Abuse Association (FADAA).
What Does A Key Contact Do?
The Key Contact usually selects one or more legislators who serve in their geographical area as their "designated legislator". When necessary, FADAA will sometimes ask a Key Contact to take responsibility for a certain legislator.
The Key Contact is called upon to actively work with FADAA throughout the year to lobby certain legislators. This is particularly true when a Key Contact has responsibility for a legislator who is a member of a committee that has jurisdiction over issues such as substance abuse. The Key Contact's effectiveness and willingness to take an active role in the program could ultimately affect the outcome of legislation, which impacts substance abuse programs in Florida.
The "key" to the whole program is dependent upon the Key Contact's ability to develop and maintain an ongoing relationship and dialogue with a designated legislator.
Basic Functions of a Key Contact
- Familiarize yourself with the legislative process, and with your legislator(s). Meet with them often and discuss issues and goals for the legislative session.
- Develop an awareness of pending legislation that your member will be voting on. Follow news about legislation in the paper, on TV, the WEB (http//www.leg.state.fl.us) and in weekly FADAA Legislative Updates.
- Respond promptly to FADAA requests for action. If you have any questions or need background information, call FADAA.
- Plan a tour of your program, a special event or a luncheon for your legislator. Develop a relationship that will encourage them to call on you as a resource for information on substance abuse issues.
- Respond quickly to favorable legislative actions by way of thank-you letters to the legislator.
- Keep in contact with your legislator during the non-session months.
- Become familiar with the legislators' staff members and stay in contact year-round.
- Cultivate local community support and request support of FADAA issues.
Understanding Florida’s Legislative Process
Learn how an idea becomes a law in Florida. This factsheet and diagram was developed to help people learn the legislative process. Visit the following link to learn more: Just the FACTS on Florida's Legislative Process.
FADAA Loaned Executive Program
Our Loaned Executive Program continues to be a success and critical component of our advocacy efforts. The Program Offers FADAA Agency members the opportunity to come to Tallahassee during session and take part in the FADAA Legislative team.
Loaned Executives participate in a variety of FADAA-related work projects, as well as attend and report on Legislative Committee meetings. Each person that participates in the Program contributes many valuable talents and hours to FADAA's Legislative efforts for substance abuse treatment and prevention programs.
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