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The 2023 Florida Legislative schedule is as follows:

  • August 1, 2022 Deadline for filing claim bills (Senate Rule 4.81(2))

  • March 7, 2023 Regular Session convenes (Article III, section 3(b), State Constitution) 12:00 noon, deadline for filing bills for introduction (Senate Rule 3.7(1))

  • April 22, 2023 Motion to reconsider made and considered the same day (Senate Rule 6.4(4)) All bills are immediately certified (Senate Rule 6.8)

  • April 25, 2023 50th day – last day for regularly scheduled committee meetings (Senate Rule 2.9(2))

  • May 5, 2023 60th day – last day of Regular Session (Article III, section 3(d), State Constitution)
     

Background Info:

The Florida State Legislature meets in session every year for 60 consecutive days.

  • In even-numbered years, the Legislature meets on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in January.

  • In odd-numbered years, the Legislature meets on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in March. (Meeting later in year gives newly elected officials time to prepare.)

  • Occasionally there are also special sessions called for by the Governor or Senate/House.

 

Before a regular Legislative session begins, legislators meet in committees to discuss legislation they want to pursue in the upcoming session.  Since the Republicans are in the majority in Tallahassee, they play a large role in committee assignments and the legislation that is discussed in committee and gets to the floor.  These meetings take place over a 6-week period prior to the start of the Legislative session.  

It is important that we Democrats contact our legislators about legislation we oppose or support.  Doing so prior to the session actually starting is key.  They need our input.  See "Do Your Research" on how to research upcoming bills.