Tallahassee Welcomes Back Legislators

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Tallahassee is the home away from home for state legislators, so Leon County, the city of Tallahassee and the schools were among those sponsoring Tuesday night's welcome back bash with a big change this year.

At one point it was thought the annual welcome back party wouldn't happen.

The problem is the lobbyist gift ban, but leaders in Leon County made it work, moving it from the traditional Adams Street location to the Capitol courtyard.

John Marks, Tallahassee Mayor, says, "That's ok, maybe next year when the Legislature thinks about what they've done we can have it back on Adams Street, but we're going to have a great time and once again, we want to welcome our legislators back to our community."

To welcome everyone back, the community shared the best of Tallahassee and Leon County; FAMU's Marching 100, the Tallahassee Boys Choir, and even FSU's Flying High Circus.

Rep. Loranne Ausley, (D) Tallahassee, says, "It really gives people a taste of Tallahassee, folks from Mission San Luis, good food and all that southern hospitality has to offer, so hopefully our legislators will feel at home."

There's a reason why local leaders want to make sure the legislators, and all those who follow them to Tallahassee, feel at home.

Bill Law, TCC President and Tallahassee-Leon County Economic Development Director Chairman, says, "These are people, quite frankly, who keep our community humming. Our economic infrastructure depends a great deal on the Legislature."

And Law says to not welcome the Legislature back to the capital city just wouldn't be good manners. It's estimated that during the 60-day session, more than $100 million will be spent in the community.