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.

Helpful Resources

House List and Senate List by District
Florida Legislature
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Legislative Information


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 is comprised of college governmental relations liaisons from 20 Florida colleges.


  1. Matthew Holliday, Florida SouthWestern State College
  2. Michael Brawer, Association of Florida Colleges
  3. Andy Treadwell, Indian River State College
  4. Ed Woodruff, St. Petersburg College
  5. Mike McKee, Florida Gateway College
  6. Jack Hall, St. Johns River State College
  7. Don Payton, Ballard Partners
  8. Rachael Ondrus, Palm Beach State College
  9. Victoria Hernandez, Miami Dade College 
  10. Greg Haile, Broward College
  11. Brian Babb, Daytona State College
  12. Sandy Cessaretti-Ray, Pensacola State College, Chair
  13. Liam McClay, Santa Fe College
  14. Scott Balog, Tallahassee Community College
  15. Brian Thomas, State College of Florida, Manatee~Sarasota
  16. Eric Johnson, Hillsborough Community College
  17. Bill Mullowney, Valencia College
  18. Robert Batsel, Jr., College of Central Florida
  19. Chris Hansen, Ballard Partners

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.

Chris Hansen, Ballard Partners - 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


"Perceptions"  is the AFC weekly newsletter published 9 times annually during legislative session. To review the AFC "Perceptions" Weekly Legislative Updates click here.

Bill monitoring and review of Florida Statutes is available to any member of the public.  Both the Florida House and the Senate maintain web sites for public access.  To view the Florida Legislature web site click here.

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




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