AFC leadership and lobbyists monitor all legislation to determine its impact on community colleges and community colleges employees and then provide information to legislators so they can make informed decisions. AFC works in partnership with the Council of Community College Presidents to increase funding. Our legislative program encourages participation in the political process through a team approach. AFC has become a force in Florida. Your support makes us stronger and more effective.
During the spring legislative session, AFC provides a weekly update "Perceptions" to highlight bills and other issues that are of interest to AFC members.
There is a direct relationship between the membership numbers and the strength and effectiveness of AFC. The primary mission of AFC at the state level is advocacy of community college issues before the Legislature and other government entities. Numbers DO make a difference in determining influence - a 9,000 member association sounds (and is!) much more impressive than a 3,000 member association. Politicians are well aware that numbers translate into votes and since members have families, friends and neighbors who also vote, the political influence of membership extends well beyond the actual numbers.
In this time of uncertainty with budgets from the State, AFC is playing a critical role in making sure that our voice is heard. Here’s what you can do to help:
- Get knowledgeable about the issues.
- Contact your local legislative delegation to express your concerns. Fax and phone calls are the best method. E-mails often don’t get read for several days.
- Be positive. DO NOT express anger or frustration to your legislator or their staffs. Express your concerns knowledgeably and articulately. Thank them for the opportunity to share your concerns. REMEMBER, EVERYONE IS AN AMBASSADOR OF THE AFC AND THEIR RESPECTIVE COLLEGES.
- DO NOT USE COLLEGE RESOURCES WHEN COMMUNICATING TO YOUR LEGISLATOR. THIS INCLUDES PHONES, COMPUTERS, STATIONERY, & FAX MACHINES.
Communications should be brief, to the point, personalized and above all else, respectful.