More than 250 municipal officials gathered in Orlando November 30 to December 1 for the Florida League of Cities (FLC) Legislative Conference. This annual conference provides the opportunity for city leaders to discuss and learn about important issues and finalize and adopt legislative priorities. FLC President Greg Ross, Mayor of Cooper City, presided over the conference and rallied the membership to support the League’s annual Legislative Platform.

The League’s Legislative Policy Committees met to discuss important issues and priorities. The conference also included workshop sessions focused on topics such as ballot campaigns, lobbying strategies and state funding for projects and programs.

During the keynote luncheon, Ross shared with attendees how advocacy is vital to the League’s mission. “As local elected officials, we must advocate on behalf of our residents to ensure we can craft policies that keep our cities thriving,” he said. “Advocacy starts at home, and it happens by working together.”

Municipal officials shared ideas and strategies for collaborating with state legislators throughout the conference. The keynote presentation was a Fireside Chat with Casey Cook, FLC Chief of Legislative Affairs, and Debbie Mayfield, State Senator, District 19.

The workshop session, “How to Talk So Your Legislator Will Listen and How to Listen So Your Legislator Will Talk,” included a panel of state lawmakers moderated by Rebecca O’Hara, FLC Deputy General Counsel. O’Hara was joined by Senator Jason Pizzo, Representative Kaylee Tuck, Representative Spencer Roach and Senator Shevrin Jones.

The conference closed with the adoption of the 2024 Legislative Platform. To view the Legislative Platform, click here. View additional photos from the conference here.