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The 2018 Regular Legislative Session commences on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 and runs 60 days. The Legislature concludes session on Friday, March 9, 2018

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BCCPTA/PTSA attended Broward County Delegation meetings over the past few months. We encourage local units to meet with legislators while they are home in their districts.For more information contact: Latha Krishnaiyer-Legislative Chair Email: legislation@browardptsa.org

Committee meetings will begin in September in Tallahassee, in preparation for the regular legislative session that is scheduled to begin on January 9, 2018 and end on March 9, 2018

Mark your calendars -- here are the House's and Senate's schedule

-- Week of Sept. 11, with meetings starting no earlier than 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12

-- Week of Oct. 9

-- Week of Oct. 23

-- Week of Nov. 6 (finishing before the Veterans Day Holiday that Friday)

-- Week of Nov. 13

-- Week of Dec. 4

Every session sees a fair share of education bills dealing with academic, health and safety issues filed, and that is also expected to be the norm this year. However, the focus will remain squarely on the impact and legal challenges of HB 7069 and the issues surrounding it.

At least 6 School Boards in Florida, including Broward County School Board voted in July to challenge the Legislature’s passage of the measure, with five agreeing to join in one suit. The Palm Beach County School Board wants to pursue a separate filing. There are more School Board considering whether to join the collaborative lawsuit.

We encourage all PTAs to keep a close eye on the legislature and take action on the issues, when PTA sends out information and action alerts. Public policy is often developed without benefit of input from the public education community. Legislators and policy makers frequently have little or no knowledge of public education. PTA is a powerful voice for children and we need to make ourselves heard by the policy makers.

To learn more about Florida PTA’s priorities for this session go to http://files.ctctcdn.com/ca5edbb2101/f41fae23-fdb7-4bf3-add8-e750ad0b9878.pdf .

To sign up to receive Action Alerts from Florida PTA, please go to http://www.floridapta.org/advocacy/advocacy/capwiz-legislative-alerts

We will try to keep you updated with Broward County School district legislative news and PTA issues regularly during the session.

Thank you for your advocacy

The Florida PTA Legislative Conference will be held January 21-23rd in Tallahassee. This is a great opportunity to learn about PTA's role in advocating for all children. The conference promises to be informative and entertaining; you will add your voice to many others who make sure your children get the best of what they deserve.

Please take a look at our Legislative Priorities document here, and follow our Legislative Twitter account.

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See calendar for interim committee (Click Here) We will be sending out Legislative updates as needed.