Professional Engineer Legislative Days
January 30-31, 2018 - This event is sold out - Reception only tickets may be purchased at the door
Hosted by the Florida Engineering Society and the American Council of Engineering Companies of FL (Florida Institute of Consulting Engineers)
Hotel Accommodations - Room Block is Sold Out
Four Points Sheraton Room Tallahassee Downtown
Room Block Rate: $199 + tax
Room Block Cut-off: January 8, 2018 or until the room block is full.
Guests may call to make reservations at 1-800-368-7764 outside of the room block.
New Event Schedule for 2018!
Tuesday January 30, 2018
8:00 a.m. - Noon - FES Board Meeting - Four Points Sheraton
Noon - 3:00 p.m. - FICE Board Meeting - Four Points Sheraton
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Legislative Process 101 – City Hall (Invited FL 17th Lt. Governor and Former State Representative Jeff Kottkamp)
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - Legislative Reception - 22nd Floor Capitol
7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. - Big Bend Welcome Reception - Harry’s Bar and Grill
*Members are welcome to attend the Board Meetings. Please note the PE Legislative Days Program begins at 4:00 p.m. with the Legislative Process 101*
Wednesday January 31, 2018
7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. - Breakfast Workshop with Keynote Speaker (Invited Tony Carvajal, Executive Vice President of the Florida Chamber Foundation) and Issues Review - Four Points Sheraton
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Capitol Appointments (Lunch on your own)
**This event will be held during 2018 FL Session**
Legislative Reception Only $50
NOTE - ACEC FL/FICE Members - We are currently updating our database and you may not be listed under your firm at this time.If you are a ACEC FL/FICE firm employee you must use the PROMO CODE to receive the member rate - LEGISLATIVE2018. This code should ONLY be used for people who are unable to login and register as a ACEC FL/FICE Member. This does not apply to FES members. Your user name and password were emailed to you November 13th.
"One of the greatest privileges of living in this country is the ability to vote and to actively participate in the legislative process. This is also one of the things that is most often taken for granted with a surprisingly few individuals taking the time to actively participate and get involved with the legislative process that impacts our daily lives on both the personal and professional level. I encourage any engineer that is concerned about the future of our profession and the future of our State to get involved in the process and to make sure our collective voices are heard in Tallahassee. We have a unique opportunity to ban together as a professional body to express our views to our elected officials. We also are uniquely positioned due to our technical training to convey complex messages in terms laymen can comprehend on important issues that impact the quality of life of all the citizens of Florida. Please consider participating in the FES Legislative Days and take the opportunity to assist in conveying our message to our elected officials and to assist in setting the course for legislative issues that affect the profession of engineering in the state of Florida." Peter K. Partlow, PE
"I have attended our FES Legislative Days for a number of years. I have had the opportunity to meet with our elected officials and I have learned that they are, for the most part, dedicated to the welfare of the public. I have also learned that we can influence the law making process. You need not be a seasoned veteran. Few of us are. You might be surprised at how effective a short visit with your representative can be. They may see hundreds of bills during the session and the time you take to call their attention to the ones that are important to us can prove to be invaluable." John R. Hall, PE, F.NSPE
"As a business owner, I’ve made it a priority to attend PE Legislative Days for the past several years. I believe it’s important to promote our political agenda face to face with our legislators in Tallahassee. In addition, PE Legislative Days has a great reunion feel. The conference always makes me feel part of a strong fraternity. Finally, I’ve found that in the term-limit era, our legislators are less educated on the process government agencies must follow to procure professional engineering services. So in less than two days, I get valuable information on our political agenda, reconnect with friends from around the State, and educate lawmakers on CCNA. It should be a can’t-miss function for all FES members." Andrew (Andy) M. Cummings, PE
"I have attended several of these in the past and have met several of our legislators. I have generally found them to be decent people a concept which seams foreign in the light of our recent political environment. It would be helpful to have a basic understanding of our profession and how we fit in society, but, you do not have to know all the ins and outs of the legislative agenda to participate. It’s probably just as important to show participation in the political process and show up to be the face, or one of the faces, of engineering to your legislator. Especially with a fresh class of legislators coming in to office, there is a chance that your legislator does not have a clue about what engineers do other than drive the train. This is your chance to promote your profession, get to know your legislator some of your colleagues and come away with a new friend or two." Michael (Mike) S. Wilson, PE