This seminar is open to lawyers and non-lawyers alike. This program is designed to assist anyone who wants to learn about the legislative process and access legislative information, including private practitioners, agency attorneys, agency personnel, agency heads, lobbyists, non-profit personnel, business persons, and citizens. This course will provide information that will be useful to anyone who has ever needed to locate pending legislation, appropriations, and procedures relating to the legislative process and passage of bills.
PLEASE NOTE: No food or beverages are allowed in the Senate Committee Room or in the House Chamber.
Morning Session will be held in Room 401 – Fourth Floor, Senate Office Building
8:00 a.m. – 8:25 a.m.
Registration in front of Room 401, Fourth Floor Senate Office Building
8:25 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Introduction and Welcoming Remarks
8:30 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.
The Legislative Process – How Sausage is Made!
This presentation is an overview of “The Legislative Process.” Find out how bills are filed, move through the legislative process, are passed, amended, defeated, become law, and are vetoed.
Patrick L. “Booter” Imhof, Staff Director, Senate Regulated Industries Committee, Tallahassee, Florida
9:20 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.
Lobbying and Ethics
This presentation will discuss the Florida law governing registration, reporting, and regulation of lobbyists representing public and private interests. It will also include practical tips on dealing with legislators and some of the ethical rules dealing with non-adjudicative proceedings.
Peter M. “Pete” Dunbar, Former Representative, Florida House of Representatives, Tallahassee, Florida
10:10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.
Overview of Senate Rules and Procedures
This presentation will give an overview of the rules and procedures governing the operation of the Senate.
John B. Phelps, Staff Director, Senate Rules Committee, Tallahassee, Florida
10:50 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Simulated Committee Meeting
The Committee members will present the committee process, including consideration of bills, taking of testimony and disposing of motions and amendments during a Legislative Committee Meeting.
Patrick L. “Booter” Imhof, Chair
Jennifer L. Hrdlicka
Stephen M. “Pepper” Uchino
J. Lynn Koon, Committee Administrative Assistant
Joshua D. “Josh” Aubuchon – Bill Sponsor
Ashley Mayer – Bill Opponent
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch (on your own)
Afternoon Session will be held in the House Chamber – Fourth Floor, The Capitol Building
1:30 p.m. – 1:35 p.m.
Reconvene and Welcoming Remarks
1:35 p.m. – 2:10 p.m.
The Appropriations Process – Show Me The Money!
This presentation will discuss the appropriations and budgeting process. It will explain how the process works and how budget and money decisions are made. It also will touch on how to interact with the players in the process.
JoAnne Leznoff, Staff Director, Florida House of Representatives Appropriations Committee, Tallahassee, Florida
2:10 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
After the Bill is Passed – Then What Happens?
This presentation will highlight what happens after the bill is passed. It will include who to contact after the bill is passed to give input on veto decisions of the Governor. It will also include the budgetary process from the Governor’s Office perspective.
Megan Demartini, Chief Analyst/Attorney, Office of Policy and Budget, Executive Office of the Governor
2:45 p.m. – 3:05 p.m.
The presentation will look at a bit of the interesting history and unique provisions in state constitutions (giving a nod to the federal constitution), with emphasis on the provisions in the Florida Constitution that affect the legislative process on a daily basis.
Richard Herring, Tallahassee, Florida
3:05 p.m. – 3:25 p.m.
Statutory Revision – It’s in the Books, Is it the Law?
This discussion will cover how the law that’s passed is put in the law books, what the law is, what happens when there is a conflict between two laws, and why you need to know about the Statutory Adoption Act.
Edith Pollitz, Reviser, Division of Law Revision and Information, Florida Legislature, Tallahassee, Florida
3:25 p.m. – 3:40 p.m.
3:40 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Overview of House Rules and Procedures
This presentation will give an overview of the rules and procedures governing the operation of the House of Representatives.
Stephanie Birtman, Staff Director, Florida House of Representatives Rules & Calendar Committee, Tallahassee, Florida
4:00 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.
Accessing the Legislature Through Technology
Do you have the App? Find out how to access the Florida House of Representatives app for smart-phones and tablets. This segment will explain the highlights of the FL House Mobile App.
Communications Director, Florida House of Representatives
4:10 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Simulated Floor Session
Registrants will sit in the member’s chairs on the floor of the House with legislative staff and former members of the legislature and debate amendments, motions, and vote on legislation.
Frederick R. “Fred” Dudley– Speaker
Peter M. “Pete” Dunbar – Majority Leader
Stephanie Birtman -Rules & Calendar Committee Chair
Richard Herring – Speaker pro tempore
Randy Havlicak - Member
Jennifer Hrdlicka - Member
Trina Kramer – Member
Josh Aubuchon – Member
Tom Cibula - Member
Robert L. “Bob” Ward, Clerk of the House of Representatives – Reading Clerk