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)