• What is the mailing address for the Office of Government and Community Relations?
        6200 San Amaro Drive, Suite 330
        Newman Alumni Center (LC 1530)
        Coral Gables, FL 33146
     
     
  • What is the fax number for the Office of Government and Community Relations?
        305-284-2462
     
     
  • What is the appropriate way to address an elected official in writing?
        When writing an elected official, use the following formats:
    To the President of the U.S.

    President Barack Obama
    The White House
    Washington, DC 20500

    Dear Mr. President:
    To a U.S. Senator

    The Honorable John Doe
    United States Senate
    Washington, DC 20510

    Dear Senator Doe:
    To a U.S. Representative

    The Honorable John Doe
    U.S. House of Representatives
    Washington, DC 20515

    Dear Representative Doe:
    To the Governor

    The Honorable Rick Scott
    The Capitol
    Tallahassee, FL 32399

    Dear Governor Scott:
    To a State Senator

    The Honorable John Doe
    The Capitol
    Tallahassee, FL 32399

    Dear Senator Doe:
    To a State Representative

    The Honorable John Doe
    The Capitol
    Tallahassee, FL 32399

    Dear Representative Doe:
     
  • When does the State Legislative Session begin and end?
        The Legislative Session usually begins on the first Monday in March and runs through the Friday of the last week beginning in April (for example the 2014 Session began on March 3rd and was scheduled to end on May 2nd).
     
     
  • How does a bill become law?
        Either house (House or Senate) may originate any type of legislation; however the process differs slightly between houses.
     
        A legislator sponsors a bill, which is referred to one or more committees related to the bill's subject. The committee studies the bill and decides if it should be amended, pass, or fail. If passed, the bill moves to other committees of reference or to the full house. The full house then votes on the bill.
     
        If it passes in one house, it is sent to the other house for review. A bill goes through the same process in the second house as it did in the first. A bill can go back and forth between houses until a consensus is reached. Of course, the measure could fail at any point in the process.