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It’s back to school for Florida House members

“University” for House members starts next week, but don’t worry about drop/add period or credit loads.

The Florida House of Representatives on Friday released a calendar for next Tuesday and Wednesday’s “Legislator University,” Speaker Richard Corcoran’s initiative to train new lawmakers on the fine points of policymaking.

“We want to give you the maximum freedom to explore the topics that interest you the most,” he said in a memo. “We hope that you will fully embrace these learning opportunities.”

Just like college, that are electives and required courses. The printed calendar is here, but here’s the rundown:  

Tuesday, Dec. 6

9 a.m.

GS 101 Civility and Professional Conduct in the Legislative Process [mandatory session]

10:15 a.m.

Select One:

GS 201 Mechanics of the State Budget

GS 202 The Rules of the Florida House of Representatives

GS 303 What Do the Rules Changes Mean for Me?

11:30 a.m.

Select One:

DS 101 Exploring Florida’s Medicaid Program

DS 104 An Overview of School Accountability

DS 203 Recent Issues Related to Gaming

DS 306 Office Accounts for Members

12:30 p.m.

Select One:

GS 203/204 Balancing Family, Work, District, and Tallahassee Obligations

GS 205 Tricks and Traps of Moving Your Member Bills

GS 206 Things I Wished Someone Told Me 6 Years Ago

1:30 p.m.

Select One:

DS 102 Exploring Florida’s Higher Education System

DS 106 An Overview of the Child Welfare System

DS 202 Recent Issues Related to Workers Compensation

DS 305 Filing an Appropriations Project Bill for Members

2:30 p.m.

GS 102 Respect in the Workplace [Mandatory session]

3:30 p.m.

Select One:

GS 301 Advanced Budgeting for Members

GS 302 Advanced Rules for Members

DS 303 Bill Drafting for Members

4:45 p.m.

Select One:

DS 102 Exploring Florida’s Higher Education System

DS 105 An Overview of Florida’s Retirement System

DS 201 Recent Issues Related to the Death Penalty

DS 204 Recent Issues Related to the Environment and Pollution Control

DS 301 Senate Rules for House Members

Wednesday, Dec. 7

9:00 a.m.

Select One:

GS 201 Mechanics of the State Budget

GS 202 The Rules of the Florida House of Representatives

DS 302 Estimating Conferences for House Members

10:15 a.m.

Select One:

DS 101 Exploring Florida’s Medicaid Program

DS 104 An Overview of School Accountability

DS 203 Recent Issues Related to Gaming

DS 304 LEAGIS (the House’s bill filing system) for Members

11:15 a.m.

Select One:

DS 103 Exploring Florida’s Judicial Branch

DS 105 An Overview of Florida’s Retirement System

DS 202 Recent Issues Related to Workers Compensation

DS 305 Filing an Appropriations Project Bill for Members

12:15 p.m.

Select One:

GS 203/204 Balancing Family, Work, District, and Tallahassee Obligations

GS 205 Tricks and Traps of Moving Your Member Bills

GS 206 Things I Wished Someone Told Me 6 Years Ago

1:15 p.m.

GS 102 Ethics in the Legislature [Mandatory session]

2:45 p.m.

Select One:

GS 301 Advanced Budgeting for Members

GS 302 Advanced Rules for Members

Written By

Jim Rosica is the Tallahassee-based Senior Editor for Florida Politics. He previously was the Tampa Tribune’s statehouse reporter. Before that, he covered three legislative sessions in Florida for The Associated Press. Jim graduated from law school in 2009 after spending nearly a decade covering courts for the Tallahassee Democrat, including reporting on the 2000 presidential recount. He can be reached at jim@floridapolitics.com.

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