The 60 day regular session of the Florida Legislature is scheduled to convene January 12th of 2016. Even though "opening day" is several months away, legislation is being filed now and early committee weeks will start in September. The early committee weeks, technically called "interim committee weeks" are where legislators will conduct committee meetings to debate and vote on bills. Bills can pass in committee assignments, but cannot be voted on by the full legislature until Regular Session. These early committee weeks are as important as the 60 day Regular Session. The time to stop bad legislation is during the early committee weeks before they have a chance to gain momentum going into the regular session. On the flip side, we need to make sure we advance good bills during this time. Historically, any bill that has not been heard in at least one committee by the opening day of the regular Session has very little chance of passing.
These are very important weeks for the Liberty First Network to be up in Tallahassee. In order to do that we need your financial support right away. Each week can cost over $600 in lodging, food and supplies. If you want to make sure that liberty is represented then we your donation TODAY!!!!!
As of today, 73 bills have been filed, including SB 6 by Senator Dwight Bullard to raise the minimum wage in Florida to $15 per hour. This particular bill will not move in the Republican dominated legislature, but other bills are starting to come out everyday and we will be on top of them making sure we read through each bill. Good bills are being filed as well, including SB 68 by Senator Greg Evers and the House companion bill H 4001 by Representative Greg Stuebe. These two bills would allow people with Concealed Weapons Permit to carry a firearm on college and University campuses. SB 72 by Senator Greg Evers would give Florida superintendents the option of hiring armed school safety employees on K-12 campuses. These bills failed in the last session and now we have an opportunity to make sure they pass this time.
Here are the weeks we need to be in Tallahassee for committee meetings:
The week of September 12, 2015
The week of October 5, 2015
The week of October 19, 2015
The week of November 2, 2015
The week of November 16, 2015
The week of November 30, 2015