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Fed, State and Local Activity April 22 – 27

LOCAL

TUESDAY
Alachua County Commission Regular Meeting. The agenda is located here.
Date: Tuesday, April 23
Time: 11:30am

Location: 12 SE 1st ST, John “Jack” Durrance Auditorium (Regular)

SATURDAY & SUNDAY
Indivisible Gainesville will be tabling at the 40th Annual Fifth Avenue Arts Festival! “The Fifth Avenue Arts Festival began in the summer of 1979 when group University of Florida students and community residents joined together to organize an event to share and promote the rich cultural history of the Fifth Avenue/Seminary Lane community.” More information can be found here. Come out and join us!

STATE

We are heading into the final stretch of the 2019 Florida legislative session, and it promises to be a dizzying two weeks, as many controversial bills are winding their way through their committee assignments, including restrictions on restoring voting rights for those with felony convictions, arming teachers, outlawing so-called Sanctuary Cities, building unnecessary highways, not to mention the one bill that the legislature is required to pass, the annual budget.

And there are so many bills that we haven’t mentioned. Please check out our Facebook page for any Calls to Action that may come up this week. And keep informed by visiting the following sites:

Blogs

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

Official Sites

Florida House
Florida Senate

And here are the numbers for our local representatives.

Reps

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

FEDERAL

Congress’ recess continues this week. Surely they are all digesting the redacted Mueller Report, which you can read here.

Indivisible has concluded the following: “The Mueller report confirms what we’ve always known: Trump abused his authority, violated the law, and tried repeatedly to obstruct justice. These are impeachable offenses.With control of the House, Democrats should use their investigatory power to begin investigations into whether Donald Trump has committed crimes that would justify his impeachment. Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s resolution is a good step forward.” Click here for more, and how you can get involved.

Have a great week!

Florida Republicans want to curb the enormous power of voters

By Barb Howe

What does a “hurricane preparedness” bill have to do with term limits for school board members (HB229,SJR 274)? They are part of a slew of legislation this year aimed at taking power away from cities and county governments. These bills prohibit local governments from raising the minimum wage (HB 847, S 432, banning plastic bags (S 502) and straws (HB 603, S 588) , and requiring developers to meet affordable housing requirements (HB 7103, S 1730). Bills like these are created in response to voters electing non-Republicans to local offices on the city and county level. These non-Republicans then go on to enact non-Republican endorsed legislation. This is an intolerable situation for Florida Republicans and they are working hard to put a stop to it. Read more

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