An interim for Florida is somewhat of a misnomer. Florida legislators will actively file legislation, hold committee hearings, amend bills and vote legislation out of committee. This autumnal activity is driven by the multiple committee referrals per every piece of legislation filed. A bill will go through the multiple committee process only once and only in one chamber. Before session begins, a majority of bills will at least have been heard in committee; some may have made it through all their committees of reference; however, it is not until the Legislature gavels in this January that can bills be voted on by the full floor.
In anticipation of the 2016 Legislative Session, both the House and Senate have released bills addressing:
- A Comprehensive Water Policy
- Property Rights and Taxes
- Medicinal Marijuana
With the Regular Session beginning in January instead of March, legislation is moving through the process earlier than usual. For any questions related to Florida or any other states’ legislative procedures, please contact Jake Bookwalter at firstname.lastname@example.org.