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The Rules: Special Sessions
The 2015B special session starts next week. Brush up on some of the legislative rules that will govern the procedures during the next few weeks.
Senate Rule 13.3 - Special Session Committee meetings; schedule, notice, amendment deadline
(1) Committee meetings shall be scheduled by the President.
(a) Meetings of committees scheduled in accordance with this Rule may be held after notice is published on the Senate website and posted on the Senate side of the fourth (4th) floor rotunda on the fourth (4th) floor of the Capitol for two (2) hours in advance of the meeting. If possible, such notice shall appear in the daily calendar.
(b) A committee may meet less than two (2) hours after the convening of a special session if a notice is filed with the Secretary by 5:00 p.m. of the day prior to the meeting.
(2) The notice shall include the date, time, and place of the meeting together with the name of the introducer, subject, number of each bill to be considered, and the amendment deadline for the meeting. All other provisions for publication of notice of committee meetings are suspended. Main amendments shall be filed no later than one (1) hour before the scheduled convening of a committee meeting. Amendments adhering to main amendments shall be filed not later than thirty (30) minutes thereafter.
House Rule 7.11 - Scheduling Committee and Subcommittee Meetings
(e) Notice Deadlines During Sessions.
During the first 45 days of a regular session, notice shall be provided no later than 4:30 p.m. of the 2nd day (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and official state holidays) before the committee or subcommittee meeting for the purpose of considering legislation. After the 45th day of a regular session and during any extended session, the notice shall be provided no later than 4:30 p.m. on the day (including Saturdays, Sundays, and official state holidays) before the committee or subcommittee meeting. During any special session, the notice shall be provided no later than 2 hours before the committee or subcommittee meeting.
House Rule 7.12 - Amendment Deadlines in Committee and Subcommittee
(3) During any special session, an amendment by a member who is not a member of the committee or subcommittee considering the bill shall be filed no later than 1 hour before the committee or subcommittee meeting.
House Rule 12.2 - Filing Deadlines for Floor Amendments
(b) After the 55th day of a regular session and during any extended or special session:
(1) Main floor amendments must be approved for filing with the Clerk not later than 2 hours before session is scheduled to convene on the day a bill appears on the Special Order Calendar in the Calendar of the House; and
(2) Amendments to main floor amendments and substitute amendments for main floor amendments must be approved for filing not later than 1 hour after the main floor amendment deadline.
(c) A late-filed floor amendment may be taken up for consideration only upon motion adopted by a two-thirds vote.
(d) Notwithstanding the foregoing, subject to approval by a majority vote of the House, the Rules, Calendar & Ethics Committee may establish special amendment deadlines and procedures for appropriations bills, implementing bills, and conforming bills, as well as for bills proposing any reapportionment or redistricting of the state's legislative or congressional districts.
Senate Rule 1.361 - Solicitation or acceptance of contributions; registration and disclosure requirements
(1) During any regular legislative session, extended session, or special session,
a Senator may not directly or indirectly solicit, cause to be
solicited, or accept any contribution on behalf of either the Senator's
own campaign, any organization described under section 527 or section
501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code, any political committee, any
committee of continuous existence, any political party, or the campaign
of any candidate for the Senate; however, a Senator may contribute to
his or her own campaign.
(2) Any fundraising activity otherwise prohibited during an extended or special session by subsection (1) shall not be considered a violation of this Rule and may take place provided that it can be shown that the event was already scheduled prior to the issuance of the proclamation, resolution, or other communiqué extending the session or convening a special session.
Senate Rule 9.35 - Contributions during sessions
During a regular legislative session, and during an extended or special session as further provided for in Rule 1.361(2), a lobbyist may not directly or indirectly contribute to a Senator's own campaign, or to any organization that is registered, or should have been registered, with the Rules Committee pursuant to Rule 1.361(3).
House Rule 15.3 - Improper Influence; Solicitation of Campaign Contributions
(b) A member may neither solicit nor accept any campaign contribution during the 60-day regular legislative session or any extended or special session on the member's own behalf, on behalf of a political party, on behalf of any organization with respect to which the member's solicitation is regulated under s. 106.0701, Florida Statutes, or on behalf of a candidate for the House of Representatives; however, a member may contribute to the member's own campaign.
House Rule 17.1 - Obligations of a Lobbyist
(c) During a regular session or any extended or special session, a lobbyist may not contribute to a member's campaign