Fed, State and Local Activity Mar 18 – 22

Hey Indivisiblers!

LOCAL

CITY OF GAINESVILLE ELECTIONS are finally upon us! Everything you need to know about Tuesday’s elections can be found on the Supervisor of Elections page, here. Be sure to vote!

TUESDAY
Alachua County School Board Regular Meeting. Agenda can be found here.
Time: 6:00pm
Location: Boardroom at the District Office, 620 East University Avenue.

THURSDAY
Gainesville City Commission Regular Meeting. Agenda can be found on this page.
Time: 1pm + 5:30pm
Location: 200 East University Ave, Room 16 Roberta Lisle Kline Conference Room

Indivisible Gainesville Postcard Writing! Come and join us as we write notes to our representatives about legislation that we feel strongly about. Great company, lively conversations–and snacks!
Time: 7pm
Location: Gainesville Friends Meeting House – 702 NW 38th St, 32607

STATE

The 2019 Legislative Session barrels on. There is a terrific site to track the movement of bills the may be of interest to you. It’s called LegiScan and it has some cool features, like letting you know what percentage of the way through the process each bill is. The page can be found here.

Planned Parenthood will be in Tallahassee this week lobbying on behalf of reproductive rights. We’d like to highlight some bills that they are monitoring, which can be found here.

A particularly worrisome, McCarthy-esque provision tucked inside the broader higher education bill (HB 839) has come to light. Republican legislatures want to “survey” professors’ personal beliefs and no one seems to know what they plan to do with the results. Read more about it here.

Another bill that has received our attention this week is yet another attack by Republicans on the public school system. Called the Family Empowerment Scholarship Program, HB 7075 proposes an aggressive expansion of public funds going to private (and largely unregulated) schools. Read about it here. School Board Member Eileen Roy has written an editorial about the larger issues at play here.

FEDERAL

Congress is on recess this week. Usually representatives have Town Halls at this time, but not our Congressman, Ted Yoho (at least, not at the time of this writing). He has a history of announcing, without much notice or fanfare, tele-town halls, where people can call in and his staff can handpick which questions are answered. If Yoho does this, Indivisible has put together a nice piece called, “What to do When Your Member of Congress Holds a Sham Town Hall” that is worth the read.

Have a great week!

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