The Florida Bar

The Florida Bar
and the Government Lawyer Section present
Practicing Before the Legislature

Course Classification: Intermediate Level
Friday December 11, 2015
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET
The Capitol Building
400 S. Monroe Street Tallahassee, FL 32301

Course No. 2099

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. This course will provide information that will be useful to anyone who has ever needed to locate pending legislation, appropriations, and present to committees and other procedures dealing with 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 – 8:25 a.m. Registration in front of Room 401, Fourth Floor Senate Office Building

8:25 – 8:30 a.m. Introduction and Welcoming Remarks

8:30 – 9:30 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

9:30 – 10:20 a.m.
Lobbying and Ethics in the Legislative Process
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
Dean Mead, Former Representative, Florida House of Representatives
Dean, Mead & Dunbar Tallahassee, Florida

10:20 – 10:40 a.m. Break

10:40 – 11:20 a.m.
Working with the Legislature from the Agency Perspective
This presentation will give discuss working with the Legislature from an agency’s perspective, including how to address the members, questions of decorum, appearing before committees, and other recommendations.
Darrick D. McGee
Johnson and Blanton, former Legislative Liaison for various Florida State departments and the Executive Office of the Governor
Tallahassee, Florida

11:20 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
Miguel Oxamendi
Mary Kraemer
Thomas C. "Tom" Cibula
Yolanda Siples
J. Lynn Koon, Committee Administrative Assistant
Joshua D. “Josh” Aubuchon – Bill Sponsor
Ashley P. Kalifeh – Bill Opponent
Darrick D. McGee – Agency Representative

12:00 – 1:30 Lunch (on your own)

Afternoon Session will be held in the House Chamber – Fourth Floor, The Capitol Building

1:30 – 1:35 p.m. Reconvene and Welcoming Remarks

1:35 – 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 – 2:45 p.m.
What is an Impact Conference and Why Should I Care?
This presentation will explain how a proposed bill’s effect on revenues is determined and how to participate in that process.
Jose A. Diez-Arguelles
Staff Director, Florida Senate Finance and Tax Committee
Tallahassee, FL

2:45 – 3:00
Are Single Subject and Germanity the Same?
The presentation will discuss the difference between the procedural requirement for an amendment to be germane to the bill and the constitutional requirement that a bill “embrace but one subject and matter properly connected therewith.”
Richard E. Herring
Former Special Assistant to the Senate President
Tallahassee, Florida

3:00 – 3:20 p.m. Break

3:20 - 3:50
How Do I Get a Bill In and Out of Bill Drafting?
This presentation will cover what is needed to get a bill drafted, who do you submit it to, who submits it, what needs to be submitted, and how the process works.
Thomas C. "Tom" Cibula
Staff Director, Senate Committee on Judiciary, former Senior Attorney for Senate Bill Drafting
Tallahassee, Florida

3:50 – 4:10 p.m.
Overview of Senate and House Rules and Differences
This presentation will give an overview of the rules governing the operation of the Florida Senate and House of Representatives, including highlights of the important differences in the rules.
Stephanie Birtman
Staff Director, Florida House of Representatives Rules & Calendar Committee
Tallahassee, Florida

4:10 – 5:00 p.m.
House of Representatives Floor Session
Registrants will be seated on the floor of the House and view the House of Representative in action with discussion on the operation of the rules and procedures including debate, amendments, motions, and votes on legislation.


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Credit may be applied to more than one of the programs above but cannot exceed the maximum for any given program. Please keep a record of credit hours earned. RETURN YOUR COMPLETED CLER AFFIDAVIT PRIOR TO CLER REPORTING DATE (see Bar News label). (Rule Regulating The Florida Bar 6-10.5).

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