2019 Legislative Session

Important Florida Legislative Session Dates

August 1, 2018
Deadline for filing claim bills (Senate Rule 4.81(2))

August 28, 2018
Florida’s Primary Election

November 6, 2018
Florida’s General Election

November 20, 2018
Legislature Organization Session (Art. III 3(a), Fla. Const.)

December-February TBD
Interim Legislative Committee Meetings

January 8, 2019
Florida’s Inauguration Ceremony

January 25, 2019
Deadline for submitting requests for drafts of general bills and joint resolutions

March 1, 2019
Deadline for approving final drafts of general bills and joint resolutions, including companion bills (Senate)

March 5, 2019
Regular Session convenes (Art. III 3(b), Fla. Const.) noon; deadline for filing bills for introduction (Senate Rule 3.7(1))

April 20, 2019
All bills are immediately certified (Senate Rule 6.8 and House Rule 11.7(i)). Motion to reconsider made and considered the same day (Senate Rule 6.4(4)).

April 23, 2019
50th day – Last day for regularly scheduled committee meetings (Senate Rule 2.9(2))

April 28, 2019
55th day – No House bills on second reading may be taken up and considered by the House (House Rule 10.18)

May 1, 2019
58th day – The House may consider only: (a) returning messages, (b) conference reports, and (c) concurrent resolutions (House Rule 10.09)

May 3, 2019
60th day – Last day of Regular Session (Art. III, 3(d), Fla. Const.)

Source: Florida Bar Association


“The law must be consonant with life. It cannot and should not ignore broad historical currents of history. Mankind is possessed of no greater urge than to try to understand the age-old questions: “Who am I” “Why am I?” Even now the sands and ashes of the continents are being sifted to find where we made our first step as man. Religions of mankind often include ancestor worship in one way or another. For many the future is blind without a sight of the past.


Those emotions and anxieties that generate our thirst to know the past are not superficial and whimsical. They are real and they are 'good cause' under the law of man and God.” 


The petition is conditionally granted. 
April 9, 1979 

Resident Judge, Seventh Judicial
Circuit Court, South Carolina