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We are headed into the final week of Session, and with that, comes the final push to get the budget (the Legislature’s only constitutionally mandated requirement) and other important legislation passed.
The question on everyone’s mind this week is “Will they or won’t they?” Speculation is running rampant in the Capitol as to whether or not the Legislature will finish its business before the end of the normal 60-day session, which is May 5th. There are a number of issues which have yet to be resolved, most importantly the budget.
We hope this message finds you and your family well and that you had a blessed celebration of the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ this past weekend. We’re now entering the final three weeks of Legislative Session. Both chambers are considering major legislation regarding the budget, school choice, gambling, and more!
We are almost halfway through Legislative Session this year, and it ended up being a fairly busy week for education bills, which is great news as legislators are looking to give Florida’s students as many educational options as possible. Both the House and the Senate released their proposed budgets this week and will begin to shift some of their focus to ironing out those details. Some of the subcommittees had their final meetings for the year, and so this is the point where bills begin to die if they are not moving through the process. We are continuing to work hard to see that good legislation is passed this year.
Protect your children, grandchildren, business and religious liberty from harmful legislation today!
These days we tend to view the law as something far removed from us, something that happens somewhere else… but as you can see from the bills below, all laws affect you and me, our children and our families, businesses, etc., either directly or indirectly.
Perhaps the biggest news this week for many of our supporters was that Florida Family Policy Council President John Stemberger was appointed to the Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) by Speaker Richard Corcoran. On Monday, he was sworn in by the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court to serve for the next 18 months as a commissioner on the CRC, which is a constitutional position.
The Florida Family Policy Council (FFPC) hosted its 4th annual Pro-Family Days in Tallahassee this past Monday and Tuesday. On Monday, FFPC trained attendees how to lobby and briefed them on current life, gambling, and LGBT bills being considered by the Legislature. We were joined by policy experts Bill Bunkley of Florida Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, Sara Johnson of No Casinos, Amber Kelly of Florida Family Action, and FFPC President John Stemberger. Over 250 supporters and legislators from around the state joined us this year in Tallahassee for Pro-Family Days.
The Legislature opened the 2017 session this week with a bang! On Tuesday, we saw addresses from the Governor, the Speaker of the House, and the Senate President. A battle has been brewing between Governor Rick Scott and House Speaker Richard Corcoran…
Because Mayor Curry still has the legal option of vetoing the HRO, hundreds of Jacksonville women are gathering this Wednesday, February 22, 2017, from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm for a rally and press conference outside on the sidewalks surrounding City Hall and in Hemming Plaza.
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