What’s Happening This Week: Jan 7 – 11

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

We at Indivisible Gainesville are starting a new, ongoing weekly newsletter that gives our members a general idea of what is going on with our government at the local, state and federal level as well as some resources you can use to engage with your representatives at all levels.

FEDERAL

Congress is in session this week, Tuesday through Friday.

The most important news, of course, is that the shutdown enters its third week. Here is Indivisible National’s recap of the latest news and a script for calling our members of Congress: Trump’s Latest Temper Tantrum and the Showdown Over the Wall.

Contact Information:

STATE

January 8 will be inauguration day for Florida’s state-level elected officials.

Although the official legislative session does not begin until March, there are plenty of important activity that has already been taking place, namely committee weeks, where the important work of crafting bills takes place. January 7 marks the start of the second of six such weeks.

Here is a schedule we have put together of important Florida Legislative Session Dates:

  • November 20, 2018
    Legislature Organization Session (Art. III 3(a), Fla. Const.)
  • December 11 – 14, 2018
    Legislature Committee Week
  • January  7 – 11, 2018
    Legislature Committee Week
  • January 8, 2019
    Florida’s Inauguration Ceremony
  • January 22 – 25, 2019
    Legislature Committee Week
  • January 25, 2019
    Deadline for submitting requests for drafts of general bills and joint resolutions
  • February 4 – 8, 2019
    Legislature Committee Week
  • February 11 – 15, 2019
    Legislature Committee Week
  • March 1, 2019
    Deadline for approving final drafts of general bills and joint resolutions, including companion bills (Senate)
  • March 5, 2019
    Regular Session convenes (Art. III 3(b), Fla. Const.) noon; deadline for filing bills for introduction (Senate Rule 3.7(1))
  • May 3, 2019
    60th day – Last day of Regular Session (Art. III, 3(d), Fla. Const.)

Amendment 6 Workshop. Amendment 6, the so-called “Rights of Crime Victims” amendment, which passed in November, will require governmental implementation. The first workshop for the implementation will be held by the Criminal Justice committee on January 7. Senator Keith Perry is the chair of that committee. Click here for details: Amendment 6 Workshop

LOCAL

The Alachua County Commission will be having their regular meeting Tuesday, January 8 at 9am. (Agenda is here.) Later in the day, at 5pm, they will hold their normal public hearing meeting. (Agenda is here.)

Local Meetings Coming Soon!

Monday, January 14 –

Tuesday, January 15 –

 

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