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Faircracker SPRING 2020 Greetings from Tallahassee!

In the Capitol a few weeks ago, we overheard some say, “We are 6 months into 2020, and its only January!” Not certain about the persons math skills yet, there is truth in their words, it seems as though we have already done 6 months of work in 2020.

The Florida Legislature is almost to the end of the 2020 session and, while they started committee meetings last fall rather slowly, they have certainly hit their

stride with session. Already, Senate and House Appropriation sub committees have released their first budgets, one to two weeks early by traditional standards and there are some optimistic souls who believe we could finish in Tallahassee well before the schedule end on March 13th.

Speaking of the budget, without getting into all the gory details, federation members who may have appropriations

request filed for consideration, now would be a really good time to follow up with your sponsors. Not unusual, but there is a difference between the Senate and House funding for programs like the Agricultural Education and Promotional Fa- cilities Programs, which are administered by FDACS. Reminding your sponsor of the importance of your project may prove to be the difference, don’t wait till the ink is drying on the final budget for 2020!

On the policy front, it is largely “all quiet on the western front.” At this point there are very few bills which have trac-

tion in both chambers and with the first week of February being week 4 of sessions, if a bill isn’t put on an agenda by then it most likely dead for the 2020 session. Although not a clear and present danger to federation members, it is noteworthy the number of animal bills which have been given committee hearing and have received favorable commit- tee votes this session. Clearly with a few new friends in the process, many of the animal rights groups are starting to feel a little more welcome in Tallahassee. To this end, we all need to be extra vigilant about our shows and expositions especially, where we are showing animals or have associated rodeo or other livestock events. We would not be sur- prised to see some stronger or more egregious proposed bills in the next couple of years.

Most likely the most positive part of this update is: It is a pretty safe bet all our elected officials will be home in time

for many of the Spring fairs and Expositions. This is great news for us in Tallahassee because it means we are off the hook for the usual Spring babysitting duties. In all seriousness, this Spring is a great opportunity to get your local legis- lators to stop by and visit your event. I hope the students showing animals all invite their State Senate and House mem- ber(s) out to bid on their animals, or at least get an ad on or two. Regardless of the pitch just don’t waste the oppor- tunity to start building or to continue building upon your relationships!

Thank you for the privilege of working on your

behalf and if we can be of assistance please do not hesitate to call if we can ever be of assis- tance!

Connie Vanassche Dale Milita, Jim Spratt CAS Governmental Services, LLC PO Box 35 Canal Point, Florida 33438 (561) 924-7702

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