Government Relations


Matthew Tomko (

Staff Liason

Jerilyn McCall (

Meeting Date

4th Thursday of each month – 5:00 PM – (Always call/email CTA to confirm dates, as they are subject to change!)


  1. Develop and maintain an effective legislative program for the Palm Beach County CTA.

Specific Charges

  1. Plan specific activities and develop a calendar that will enhance CTA’s legislative program.
  2. Report to the President, Board of Directors, and the Representative Assembly (monthly).
  3. Present local and state legislative programs to the Board of Directors and Representative Assembly by January, if possible.
  4. Encourage all eligible teachers to vote.
  5. Carry out any activities as directed by the President and Board of Directors.
  6. Utilize Lead Representatives as legislative contacts at school sites to facilitate the dispersal of information to educate, inform, and engage members in the political process.
  7. Lobby legislators and other public officials at home and report to the President. (Below are guidelines for selecting a Lobbying Team)
  8. Help coordinate (with the Communications Committee) American Education Week activities.
  9. Develop lobbying coordination and political alliances.
  10.  Monitor and attempt to influence educational development through legislation.- Provide legislative lobbyist training to all members prior to lobbying in Tallahassee.- All visitors/speakers must be brought to the attention of the President before their appearances.

Guidelines for Selecting a Lobbying Team

  1. Member of CTA for at least 3 years.
  2. Member of CTA Government Relations Committee for at least 1 year.
  3. Must have attended legislative training sessions (local/state/national) and attended local Government Relations Committee meetings in current school year.
  4. A first and/or second time lobbyist will be paired with an experienced lobbyist.
  5. All lobbyists must know the legislative program/issues of CTA and FEA.
  6. All lobbyists returning from Tallahassee must report, in writing, the outcome to the Government Relations Committee.
  7. All lobbyists must be familiar with legislators through local lobbying efforts first.
  8. Lobbyists must visit/call/write legislators and report, in writing, the outcome to the Government Relations Committee.
  9. Legislators will have a team of three assigned Government Relations Committee members.