Fed, State and Local Activity April 15 – 19

The saying “If you aren’t outraged, then you aren’t paying attention” certainly rings true with regards to the 2019 Florida Legislative Session.


Gainesville City Commission Rental Housing Subcommittee Meeting.Indivisible Gainesville wholeheartedly endorses the protections for renters that the Alachua County Labor Coalition has advanced and that the City Commission has been discussing. (Read our endorsement here.)

Ordnances are being crafted and community input is needed–especially now, as the committee begins crafting the actual ordinances.

The agenda for the meeting can be found here.
Time: 3:00pm
Location: 200 East University Ave, Room 16 Roberta Lisle Kline Conference Room

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

Gainesville City Commission Regular Meeting. Agenda can be found on this page.
Time: 1pm
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 (To thank the Gainesville Friends for letting us use their space so many times, we are asking for donations to help with their ongoing collection for Gainesville Community Ministry. Please bring a dry good or hygiene product as you are able!)


We neglected to link to it last week, but our April Other Voices column in the Gainesville Sun, written by Stephanie Karst, centers on SB 7070, yet another attempt by Republicans to divert public money to private schools. You can read it here.

There has evidently been some movement on the GOP plan to arm teachers. There is a possibility that provision could be dropped from the Senate bill. More here. Stay tuned.

There are so many bills still working their way through committee, and other bills that have passed out of their committees and are headed to the floor, that we think it is best to re-post links to the House and Senate sites as well as some blogs so that you can stay on top of things. If any bills come up that we think need your attention, we will let you know. We are also supplying contact info for Gainesville-area representatives in case you would like to speak out against SB7086 the legislature’s attempt to restrict who qualifies under Amendment 4 (a good recap of the latest on it can be found here).


Tampa Bay Times’ The Buzz on Florida Politics
The Sarasota Herald-Tribunes Inside Florida Politics
FlaPol Blog
Indivisible Gainesville


Sen. Keith Perry:
Gainesville – (352) 264-4040
Tallahassee: (850) 487-5008

Rep. Clemons:
Gainesville: (352) 313-6542
Tallahassee: (850) 717-5021

Rep. Watson:
Gainesville: (352) 264-4001
Tallahassee: (850) 717-5020

Official Sites

Florida House
Florida Senate


The redacted Mueller report may be released this week (more information can be found here, assuming they don’t pull any shenanigans, which is never a safe bet with this administration. If they do, you can call Ted Yoho (352)505-0838.

Have a great week!

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