Fed, State, Local Activity April 29 – May 3

STATE

It’s the last (scheduled) week of the Florida Legislative Session and it promises to be a wild one. Here’s a rundown of the status of the worst bills that we have been following the past two months.

Arming Classroom Teachers – The Senate bill (SB 7030) has passed, while the House’s (HB 7093) has not.

Restricting the Restoration of Voting Rights for Former Felons – The Senate bill (SB 7086) is scheduled to be voted on April 30th. The House bill (HB 7089) has passed.

Ban on “Sanctuary Cities” Both chambers passed a bill, but they will need to be reconciled. More information here.

Unconstitutional Expansion of Public Funds Going to Private SchoolsPassed in the Senate (S 7070), but not the House (H7095).

Three New (Toll) Highways More information here. The Senate bill (SB 7068) passed, but the House’s (HB 7113) has not.

Abortion Restrictions for Young People The House bill (H 1335) passed, while the Senate bill (SB 1774) has not.

Pre-emption of local regulations The House bill (HB3) passed, while the Senate bill (SB 1748) has not.

Please call your reps this week and let them know your thoughts! Here are their numbers:

Reps

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

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

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

LOCAL

MONDAY
Children’s Trust of Alachua County
Date: Monday, April 29
Time: 4:00 PM
Location: Alachua County Administration Building 12 SE 1st Street, Second Floor, John “Jack” Durrance Auditorium, Board Room 209

WEDNESDAY
Indivisible Gainesville will be tabling at International Workers’ Day, better know as May Day. The event will begin at the Civic Media Center (433 S Main St) at 5:30 PM. From there, we will be marching to Headquarters Branch library at 401 E University Ave to hold a “teach-in” with infotables at their event space.

THURSDAY
Gainesville City Commission Regular Meeting. The agenda is located here.
Date: May 2
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Auditorium, City Hall, 200 East University Avenue

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!)

SATURDAY
Indivisible Gainesville’s May Chapter Meeting. Details to come!

FEDERAL

Congress is back in session this week for the first time since the release of the redacted Mueller report. In addition, Trump has refused to have the IRS hand over his tax returns, which have been subpoenaed by the House of Representatives. And William Barr is scheduled to appear Wednesday. It could be a critical week in DC. More information here

Have Ted Yoho’s number handy so you can remind him that his role as a Congressman is to protect that institution and the government of the United States, not the President.

Gainesville: (352)505-0838
DC: (202)225-5744

Have a great week!

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