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UFF Legislative Toolkit

Call, email and meet with your state representative and senator

It may seem antiquated, but your elected officials hearing from you makes a difference. Their staff has to document how many points of contact they receive for or against any piece of legislation that they will be voting on. So together, we can make a real difference here!

You are a constituent of these legislators, and they need to honor your request to hear your concerns and schedule a time to meet with you in person or virtually. (Read more about these bills below).

Enter your home address below and complete the form to request a meeting with your senator and representative about higher education:

Here are a few more ways to take action:

1. Testify in person or virtually!

If you are willing to to testify — in person, in Tallahassee or remotely —  or offer written testimony, please let UFF (uff@floridaea.org) know ASAP.

2. Write an OpEd for your local paper

FEA’s Write a Letter to the Editor tool has weblinks to many local papers — or you can contact your paper directly. Please share it widely so we can cross-promote your contribution! Make your personal story heard and felt as it relates to the proposed legislation and its impacts on your workplace.

3. Join the Working Families Lobby Corps

2022 Working Families Lobby Corps signup — Through the Florida AFL-CIO, members can sign up to help AFL-CIO, one of our affiliated unions, with its advocacy against union-busting and education-hobbling bills.

More info on the Working Families Lobby Corps can be found  on the Florida AFL-CIO website.

4. Host a Zoom phone party or video party to:

  • Make phone calls to legislative offices
  • Write postcards or short written letters to legislators
  • Tweetstorm your legislators
  • Write letters to your local paper

Learn more about the bills we’re most concerned about

SB 1458 / HB 1197 – “Employee Organizations” – This bill will remove the right to organize, form, and keep unions for many workers in Florida’s higher education system by requiring membership percentage minimums, removing payroll deductions for union dues, and allowing for unreasonable challenges to union membership lists. UFF stands opposed to this clear attempt to undermine the rights to collective action guaranteed in the Florida Constitution.

SB 520 / HB 703 – “Public Records and Public Meetings” – This bill will remove presidential job searches at Florida’s universities and colleges from Sunshine Law requirements, meaning full lists of candidates, identifications of conflicts of interest, and other safeguards of state dollars and resources will no longer be available to the public. Secrecy only benefits those with ulterior motives. UFF stands on the side of the faculty, staff, students, and public of Florida in supporting transparency in these key hiring processes.

HB 6007 – “Licenses to Carry Concealed Weapons or Firearms” – At UFF, we believe guns have no place on college and university campuses, unless in the hands of law enforcement professionals who are trained in de-escalation techniques. Florida has already seen enough gun violence. There is no need to add the potential for more destruction with this reckless and senseless bill.

Weekly Schedule

Agenda Watch: There is one week of session left. The budget must be completed by Tuesday for session to end on time. Legislation will fly back and forth between the two chambers this week. Stay tuned for our end of session report with a comprehensive overview of education issues during this session. 

Click on the plus sign (+) by the week to expand the details for the week.

Monday, March 4
  • 10:00 a.m-6:00 p.m. House in session
  • 10:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Senate in session
Tuesday, March 5
  • 10:00 a.m-6:00 p.m. House in session
  • 10:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Senate in session
Wednesday, March 6
  • 9:30 a.m-6:00 p.m. House in session
  • 10:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Senate in session
Thursday, March 7
  • 10:00 a.m-6:00 p.m. House in session
  • 10:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Senate in session
Friday, March 18
  • 10:00 a.m.-Sine die. House and Senate are in session.
Monday, January 8
  • No education committee meetings scheduled.
Tuesday, January 9
  • 9:30-11:00 a.m. Senate in session
  • 11:00 a.m-Conclusion Joint session of House and Senate, Gov. DeSantis delivers the State of the State Address.
  • 2:30-5:00 p.m. House in session
  • 4:30-6:30 p.m. Senate Postsecondary Education Committee will hear a series of bills and vote on slates of trustees for state universities.
Wednesday, January 10
  • 8:00-10:00 a.m. House Postsecondary Education and Workforce Committee will take up HB 7007 related to campus emergency response and receive a presentation on implementation of recently passed legislation.
  • 3:00-6:00 p.m. Senate is in session. SB 7000, 7002, and 7004 are on second reading.
  • 4:00-6:00 p.m. House Education Quality Committee will take up two bills, including a proposed committee bill on deregulation.
  • 4:00-6:00 p.m. House Local Affairs committee will take up HB 49 related to weakening child labor laws.
Thursday, January 11
  • 8:30-9:30 a.m. Senate in session
  • 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. House PreK-12 Appropriations Committee will not be taking up any legislation but will discuss the financial impact of vouchers.
  • 11:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m. House Constitutional Rights, Rule of Law & Government Operations Subcommittee will take up HB 151 related to cost-of-living adjustments.
  • 2:00-5:00 p.m. House Education Choice and Innovation Committee will take up HB 1403 related to vouchers as well as a proposed committee bill on deregulation.
Friday, January 12
  • No education meetings currently scheduled.
Notes:
  • The above list only reflects education committee meetings. If you’d like to see all the meetings for the week, click here.
Monday, January 15
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. day, state government is closed.
Tuesday, January 16
  • 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Senate Postsecondary Eduction Committee will take up SB 7032 which creates a the Graduate Alternative to Traditional Education (GATE) program designed to allow another method for high school students to earn postsecondary credits while in high school.
Wednesday, January 17 Thursday, January 18 Friday, January 19 Notes:
  • The above list only reflects education committee meetings. If you’d like to see all the meetings for the week, click here.
Monday, January 22 Tuesday, January 23 Wednesday, January 24 Thursday, January 25 Friday, January 26 Notes:
  • The above list only reflects education committee meetings. If you’d like to see all the meetings for the week, click here.
Monday, January 29
  • No education committee meetings scheduled.
Tuesday, January 30 Wednesday, January 31 Thursday, February 1 Friday, February 2
  • No scheduled education meetings.
Notes:
  • The above list only reflects education committee meetings. If you’d like to see all the meetings for the week, click here.
Monday, February 5
  • No education committee meetings scheduled.
Tuesday, February 6 Wednesday, February 7 (The official midpoint of session!)
  • 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Senate is in session.
  • 10:00- a.m.-1:30 p.m. House Education and Employment Committee agenda will hear a series of bills including HB 1291 related to teacher education programs.
  • 2:00-6:00 p.m. House is in session.
Thursday, February 8
  • 8:30-10:30 a.m. Senate Rules Committee will hear a series of bills including SB 1746 related to public employee unions.
  • 2:00-3:00 p.m. Senate Education Appropriations Committee will hear a series of bills including SB 1372 related to teacher preparation programs.
  • 2:00-6:00 p.m. House is in session.
  • 4:00-6:00 p.m. Senate is in session.
Friday, February 9
  • 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Senate is in session.
Notes:
  • The above list only reflects education committee meetings. If you’d like to see all the meetings for the week, click here.
Monday, February 12
  • No education committee meetings scheduled.
Tuesday, February 13 Wednesday, February 14 
  • 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Senate is in session.
  • 9:00- a.m.-1:00 p.m. House Education and Employment Committee will hear a series of bills including HB 1473 related to school safety.
  • 2:00-6:00 p.m. House and Senate are both in session.
Thursday, February 15
  • 9:00-11:00 a.m. Senate is in session.
  • 2:00-6:00 p.m. House is in session.
Friday, February 16
  • 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. House is in session.
Notes:
  • The above list only reflects education committee meetings. If you’d like to see all the meetings for the week, click here.
Monday, February 19
  • The legislature will not be meeting due to Presidents’ Day
Tuesday, February 20 Wednesday, February 21  Thursday, February 22
  • 9:00-11:00 a.m. Senate is in session.
  • 2:00-6:00 p.m. House is in session.
Friday, February 16
  • No meetings scheduled in either chamber
Notes:
  • The above list only reflects education committee meetings. If you’d like to see all the meetings for the week, click here.
Monday, February 26
  • 2:00-6:00 p.m. Senate Rules committee will take up a series of bills including SB 1372 related to teacher education programs and SB 1044 related to school chaplains.
Tuesday, February 27 (last day for regularly scheduled committee meetings)
  • 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. House in Session. SB 7002 is on the special order calendar.
Wednesday, February 28
  • 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. House and Senate are in session. SB 7002 is on third reading.
Thursday, February 29
  • 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. House and Senate are in session. SB 7004 (Deregulation) and HB 1291 (Stop Woke 2.0) are on the special order calendar in the House.
Friday, March 1 
  • 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. House and Senate are in session.
Notes:
  • The above list only reflects education committee meetings. If you’d like to see all the meetings for the week, click here.
Tuesday, September 19
  • 9:00-10:30 a.m. Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee is not meeting during their designated time.
  • 1:30-3:00 p.m. House Education Quality Subcommittee is not meeting during their designated time.
Note: there are no committee meetings scheduled on Monday or Wednesday-Friday.
Tuesday, October 10 Wednesday, October 11 Note: There are no committee meetings scheduled on Monday, Thursday or Friday. Full schedule for the week is here.
Monday, October 16: No education related committees meeting in either chamber.
 
Tuesday, October 17:
Wednesday, October 18:
Thursday October 19:
Friday October 20: No education related committees currently scheduled to meet.
 
Notes:
  • The above list is only for education related committee meetings. A listing of all committee meetings for the week can be found here.
  • Committees may, or may not, meet during their scheduled time. However, they cannot meet outside of their scheduled time.
  • During interim committee weeks, agendas must be finalized one week before the committee meeting. As agendas are released, we’ll add them to this page or indicate the committee isn’t meeting during its scheduled time.
Monday, November 6: Tuesday, November 7: Wednesday, November 8: Thursday, November 9:  Friday, November 10: (Veterans Day observed): No meetings currently scheduled. Notes:
  • Only education related committee meetings are shown above. To see the full schedule of meetings for the week, click here.
  • For interim committee week meetings, agendas must be published a full week in advance. However, special session meeting agendas only require two hours notice. We’ll post agendas as soon as they become available. 
Monday, November 13:
  • No education related meetings scheduled in either chamber.
Tuesday, November 14: Wednesday, November 15 Thursday, November 16 Friday, November 17
  • No meetings scheduled in either chamber.
Notes:
  • Only education related meetings are shown above. To see the full schedule of meetings for the week, click here.
  • Videos of the meetings are available within a few hours of the conclusion of the meeting. We’ll post videos as soon as they are available.
Monday, December 4
  • No education committee meetings scheduled.
Tuesday, December 5 Wednesday, December 6 Thursday, December 7 Friday, December 8
  • No meetings currently scheduled.
Notes:
  • Only education committee meetings are listed above. For a full listing of committee meetings, click here.
  • Agendas will be released during the week of November 27, and we will post agendas as soon as they are available.
Monday, December 11
  • No education committee meetings in either chamber.
Tuesday, December 12 Wednesday, December 13 Thursday, December 14 Friday, December 15
  • No meetings scheduled in either chamber.
Notes:
  • Only education committee meetings are listed above. For a full listing of committee meetings, click here.
All meetings are livestreamed on The Florida Channel where they are also available for on-demand viewing within 24 hours of the conclusion of the meeting.

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