Legislative Conference

The League’s Legislative Conference is held each Fall. The 58th Annual Florida League of Cities Legislative Conference will be held November 15-16, 2018 at the Embassy Suites Orlando - Lake Buena Vista South. 

Please Note: The room block at the Embassy Suites is sold out. Click here to view a list of nearby hotels. Be sure to check with Embassy Suites before you book elsewhere in the event there have been cancellations. 

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. An at-a-glance agenda is below. Additional workshop details will be added as they become available. 

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Agenda (tentative)

Thursday, November 15
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Federal Action Strike Team (FAST) Meeting

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
First-Time Attendees’ Orientation

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Legislative Policy Committee Meetings*

  • Finance, Taxation and Personnel
  • Land Use and Economic Development
  • Municipal Administration
  • Transportation and Intergovernmental Relations
  • Utilities, Natural Resources and Public Works

*Due to Hurricane Michael, the legislative policy committee meetings originally scheduled for October 12 were canceled. Therefore, policy committees are being given extra time during the Legislative Conference so committee members can further consider their issues before making final recommendations to the Legislative Committee.

10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Pop-Up Recording Studio

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Opening Luncheon: Deconstructing Florida’s 2018 Elections
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Susan MacManus, University of South Florida Distinguished
University Professor Emerita and Political Analyst

1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Workshops

  • Let’s Talk Taxes
  • Regulating Short-Term Vacation Rentals in Residential Areas

3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Workshops

  • Bringing Home the Bacon
  • Local Government’s Guide to the Marijuana Industry: What Cities Need to Know

4:45 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Florida League of Cities Board of Directors Meeting

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

Friday, November 16
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Advocacy Committee Meeting

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Legislative Committee Meeting

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Workshop: We Live Local - Redesigning Resident Interaction

11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Business Session

  • Report of Legislative Committee
  • Adoption of the 2019 Legislative Action Agenda
1:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Continuing Education in Ethics

Please Note: Cancellations must be received and confirmed in writing by 5:00 p.m., Friday, November 2 to receive a refund of registration fees. Refunds will not be issued until after the conference. No refunds will be issued for early departure. Note: An administrative fee of $25.00 will be deducted from all refunds.

Past Conference Information 
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.)

The 2016 Legislative Conference was held December 8-9, at the Embassy Suites Orlando Lake Buena Vista South. Click here to access conference presentations.