Legislative committee schedule released

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For the Florida Legislature, time is a valuable – and scarce – resource.

Early organization of a lawmaking schedule leads to efficient use of workdays, especially in the hectic start of the state’s annual 60-day session.

Republican House Speaker-designate Steve Crisafulli, in an effort to maximize time management, has released a tentative interim committee schedule for the 2015 legislative session.

The House Organization Session – the preliminary administrative event — will convene on Tuesday, November 18, with training for new House Members and district staff set for the week of December 8.

As for pre-session committee meetings — which maintain short sessions and part-time legislative schedules — meetings will held the weeks of January 5; January 20 (which begins on Tuesday for observance of the Martin Luther King Holiday),  February 2, February 9 and February 16.

Note that committee meetings are not scheduled for the second week in January, when the Florida State Seminoles football team is expected to contend for the national championship.

The 2015 legislative session begins Tuesday, March 3.

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