Legislative Conference

The League’s Legislative Conference is held each Fall. The 2019 conference will be held on November 13-15 at Embassy Suites Orlando – Lake Buena Vista South. A tentative agenda is below. View Announcement

The registration fee for this conference is $250 per person. This fee covers admission to all conference sessions, continental breakfasts, refreshment breaks and Thursday’s luncheon and networking event. No official activities are scheduled for guests or spouses. Register Online

The reservation cut-off date for the Embassy Suites Orlando - Lake Buena Vista South (4955 Kyngs Heath Road in Kissimmee) is October 22, 2019, and the rate is $149/night, plus $10 self-parking. Each reservation includes a complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast and an evening reception. To protect our room block for conference registrants, it is our policy that no one will receive housing instructions until we have received your PAID registration. Once your registration is paid, you will be sent housing instructions via email.

Note: If you register online but choose to mail in your check, you will not receive your housing information until your registration is paid. Remember that we are unable to guarantee reservations for anyone, nor the exact date on which the hotel will sell out, so please register early!

Wednesday, November 13

8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
Research Symposium
Hosted by the League’s Center for Municipal Research 
Additional registration required. Contact Liane Giroux at lgiroux@flcities.com.

5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
Local/Regional League Officers Meeting 
For local/regional league presidents, vice presidents and executive directors

Thursday, November 14

7:30 a.m. 
Coffee Service

7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Registration Desk Open

8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
First-Time Attendees’ Orientation

8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Federal Action Strike Team (FAST) Meeting

8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Policy Committee Strategy Meeting
Open to all conference attendees.

11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Opening Luncheon 
Keynote presentation by Steve Vancore, President of VancoreJones Communications
Steve Vancore is a seasoned communications professional, recognized pollster and sought-after lecturer on Florida’s politics and political research. Join us as he applies the League’s recent research to help us better communicate about Home Rule and our legislative priorities. We understand their importance. Vancore will present effective strategies for city officials to convey that message to state lawmakers.

1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Workshop - Public Comment at Meetings: Managing the Unmanageable
The public has a right to be heard at the meetings of municipal councils. Most members of the public who exercise this right do so with sincere interest in their community and reasonable respect for the process. But there are a few who use periods of public comment not for constructive engagement, but to create conflict and publicity. What can we do when confronted with public comment that seems destructive to the process and offensive to officials, staff and residents alike? Learn the limits and some tactics, then watch as some of our members put them into practice.
Speaker: Scott C. Paine, Ph.D., Director, Leadership Development and Education, Florida League of Cities 

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Media Training Workshop 

4:45 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
FLC Board of Directors Meeting

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Networking Event

Friday, November 15

8:00 a.m.
Coffee Service

8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Registration Desk Open

8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Census 2020 Workshop

8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Advocacy Committee Meeting

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
General Session

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Continuing Education in Ethics: Have You Completed Your Hours?
Florida’s municipal elected officers are required to take four specific hours of continuing education in ethics per year. If you haven’t completed your hours yet, this is your opportunity! The four hours include two hours on the Florida Ethics Law (Chapter 112, Florida Statutes), one hour of public meetings (Chapter 286, Florida Statutes) and one hour of public records (Chapter 119, Florida Statutes). If your hours are completed, this is a good refresher class.

NOTE: This class will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. No pre-registration will be accepted, and the room will be filled in order of arrival.

*Program Subject to Change

Past Conference Information 
The 58th Annual Florida League of Cities Legislative Conference was held November 15-16, 2018 at the Embassy Suites Orlando - Lake Buena Vista South. Click here to view presentations and workshop materials. (Please Note: Some presenters may not have materials or may choose not to share them online.)

The 2017 Legislative Conference was held on December 6-8, at the Embassy Suites Orlando Lake Buena Vista South. Usually, the League’s Legislative Policy Statements are approved by the membership during this meeting. The policy statements, the work product of the League’s five legislative policy committees, directs the League’s lobbying efforts for the upcoming Florida legislative session. (Due to session starting early in 2018, the League's 2018 Action Agenda was adopted during Annual Conference in August 2017.)