In Florida author Cynthia Barnett’s book, Rain: A Natural and Cultural History, she explores (in an interesting and informative manner) how rain has affected the story of humans since time began.

The book weaves together science, art, literature and mythology to show both the promise and the threat rain pose to our existence. Barnett explains that the same rain that brings water to thirsting plants, animals and people can bring erosion and dangerous floods, and can serve as the catalyst for innovation (raincoats, umbrellas, architectural design, etc..). She takes the reader on a journey and leads us to conclude that the cycle of rain and its impact are wildly unpredictable and destructive, yet can serve as a unifying force.

What, you might be asking, is the connection between rain and the upcoming legislative session?

Like the rainy season in Florida, we are certain that the legislative session will come. The only real question is whether it will bring calming rains or hard-driving downpours paired with destructive storms. Forecasting the outcome of the legislative process is akin to being a meteorologist.  We study the data and make predictions about what is likely to happen. Sometimes it follows our modeling and sometimes it doesn’t. But, like the fall of rain, both the legislative session and a rainstorm have a less adverse effect when you have taken the necessary precautions and preparations.

As the clouds gather on the horizon for the 2017 session, it is important to be fully prepared in advance of the storm. The League provides a number of advocacy tools that will help you to prepare for and ultimately weather the legislative storm. (See below)
Advocacy Tools to help you prepare.
A 2017 Session legislative issues preview. Join the League's Legislative Affairs team for a one-hour webinar on Thursday, March 2, 2017, 2:00 p.m. ET. We will share our insight into the 2017 Session and provide valuable background information on issues of importance to Florida’s municipalities. Register now.
The Legislative Bulletin & On Tap @ the Cap. The Legislative Bulletin is an online resource updated weekly once session begins. The On Tap @ the Cap is distributed on Fridays via email. It contains links throughout to the Legislative Bulletin, which provides a more detailed analysis of new bills filed during the week, as well as a comprehensive update and summary of all the League's legislative priorities. 
You can also access the League's website to view the Issue Briefs in which we provide comprehensive background information and timely updates on the status of the key legislative issues we are tracking.
Monday Morning Call-Ins. Each Monday at 9:00 a.m. ET during the legislative session there is a legislative team conference call. The call-in number for the conference call is 1-888-419-5570 and the participant code is 73559461. During the call-in, we will discuss the big issues that will be heard by the Legislature for the upcoming week and provide you with direction to take as advocates for Home Rule. To view what issues will be discussed, you can access the House and Senate calendars link in the weekly On Tap @ the Cap legislative briefing.  
Coming to Tallahassee? If you travel to Tallahassee during session, please visit us here at the League office. Staff will discuss the important issues of the day and provide you with all the information you need to be a successful advocate at the Capitol.

Be sure to check out our social media feeds on Facebook and Twitter to see our members in action. In addition, we hope to see you in Tallahassee for the League's Legislative Action Days on March 21-22, 2017. 

Thanks to each of you for all you do on behalf of your city and the citizens of Florida.