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J. Scott Gombar, PE
2017 FICE President

At the beginning of the year, this was looking like one of the quietest Legislative sessions in recent memory.  Although we were not looking at sponsoring any major legislation, there didn't seem to be much to oppose either.  As many of you know, that was not the case at all; we were fighting from Day One.  Our Executive Director, Allen Douglas, along with our lobbyists at Johnson & Blanton, were up to the task.  They made strategic recommendations to our Board and members to oppose and defeat various harmful pieces of legislation while maintaining very important friendly relationships with key legislators. As Allen modestly shared at our recent Board of Directors' meeting, the best thing he could report was; that nothing happened.  It's just amazing at how much effort goes into making sure nothing happens. I suggest the lesson learned from this session is, that if things appear to be quiet in Tallahassee, pay even closer attention.  Click here for a complete listing of the 2017 Legislative Session Reports or visit

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