Local governments working independently or collectively have many policy options available to spur emission reductions and to build resilience, but state and federal levels of government hold key responsibilities and powers. Beyond having legal and regulatory roles for addressing climate change, state and federal agencies own, operate, and are responsible for the ongoing maintenance of critical infrastructure in Southeast Florida. In order to ensure the region’s voice is heard in Tallahassee and Washington, D.C., Compact partners work together in coordinated advocacy around energy and climate issues. The Compact's shared advocacy efforts—whether state or federal, legislative or regulatory—are approved by respective Boards of County Commissioners.
Advocacy at the state and federal levels is one of the fundamental functions that led to the creation of the Compact; more clauses within the original Compact resolution are dedicated to joint advocacy than any other purpose. The Compact region is represented by nine congressional districts in the United States House of Representatives, 13 districts in the Florida Senate, and 35 districts in the Florida House of Representatives. The Compact seeks to work with elected representatives at the state and federal levels in a bipartisan fashion to advance the region’s positions on key legislative issues, budget priorities, and regulatory matters of importance to Southeast Florida.
These recommendations outline the Compact’s shared advocacy role. While individual issues will change from year to year, the Compact partners remain firmly committed to working together to raise their voices in unison for the good of the region.