Video: Marty Fiorentino Reflects on the Lives of President George H.W. Bush and Senator John McCain
Our new video has an update from Marty as well as a few more thoughts on the passing of President George H.W. Bush and Senator John McCain.
Click here for the news compilation video: Marty Fiorentino’s Thoughts on President Bush and Senator McCain
Still ahead: an update on the 2019 session, the newest generation of TFG, and some final thoughts on TFG’s move.
2019 Session Prep Work Underway
After a tumultuous 2018 general election, Florida lawmakers convened in Tallahassee late last month to hold Organization Session and officially begin preparations for the 2019 legislative session. Members held their first official interim legislative committee meetings earlier this month, and will continue meeting throughout the months of January and February. Throughout this time, key policy and appropriations issues will be discussed and debated and priorities will be outlined and finalized for the coming session. There are currently a number of hot-button issues set to be addressed this session, including environmental matters, higher education funding issues, gaming, school safety, and campaign and election reform (on the heels of the 2018 general election and subsequent recount process), among others.
The Florida House and Senate also welcome new presiding officers this session, with Senator Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton) serving as Senate President and Representative Jose Oliva (R-Hialeah) serving as House Speaker. In addition, Florida will officially have a new Governor after the New Year, with Republican Ron DeSantis set to be sworn in to lead the state in January.
Provided below is an outline of the remaining interim legislative committee meeting schedule, as well as other key session dates. The 2019 legislative session will officially kick off on Tuesday, March 5th.
- January 7-11, 2019: Interim Legislative Committee Week
- January 8, 2019: Inauguration of New Governor
- January 22-25, 2019: Interim Legislative Committee Week
- Early February: Governor releases Fiscal Year 2019-2020 budget recommendations to the legislature
- February 4-8, 2019: Interim Legislative Committee Week
- February 11-15, 2019: Interim Legislative Committee Week
- February 19-22, 2019: Interim Legislative Committee Week
- March 5, 2019: First day of 2019 Legislative Session
- March 5, 2019: Deadline for filing bills for introduction
- May 3, 2019: Last day of 2019 legislative session
“Little” Additions to the TFG Family
2018 saw a few newcomers to the TFG staff, but members of the firm welcomed new additions to their families as well!
Robert and Susie welcomed Cameron to their family…
And Tiffany and Karl welcomed Quinn to theirs…
No word yet on future careers in lobbying…
TFG’s Move to New Offices
We’ve moved! In May of this year, TFG moved into new offices in the Riverplace Tower. TFG called The Carling in downtown Jacksonville home for 12 years. As a growing firm, we relocated to Riverplace Tower on the Southbank for new opportunities. The buildout took approximately five months but ultimately we have a new spot to call home.
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