Legislative Advocacy Report October 2017
Catholic Days at the Capitol- January 30 & 31, 2018
“Make the Trip. Make a Difference” Join with other Catholics from around the state to advocate for laws of concern to Catholics. The Bishops of Florida select the proposed laws on which we will focus. Activities include a legislative briefing on the policy issues; pre-scheduled meetings with legislators; a luncheon for Catholic Days participants, Florida's Bishops, and legislators; and Annual Red Mass of the Holy Spirit, celebrated by the bishops of Florida, to pray for those working in the legislative, judicial and executive branches of government. http://www.flaccb.org/cdac for updates.
Constitution Revision Commission (CRC)
This Commission meets every twenty years to review and suggest changes to the state constitution. Any proposed constitutional amendments recommended by the commission will go on the November 2018 ballot and will require approval from 60 percent of voters to pass. Public hearings were held throughout the state. In April Michael Sheedy, executive director of the FCCB, spoke to the commission on behalf of the Florida Council of Catholic Bishops: http://www.flaccb.org/documents/2017/4/170412CRC_MBS_Remarks.pdf
To read the changes proposed by the CRC Commissioners, go to http://flcrc.gov/Proposals/Commissioner
The Commission must submit its final report to the Florida secretary of State by May,2018.
http://www.flaccb.org/florida-catholic-advocacy-network Sign up for FLCAN, established by Florida’s bishops for Catholics to stay informed and take action on public policy issues affecting human life and dignity. Receive action alerts on key bills at both the state and federal levels that allow for quick and easy messaging to elected officials; and reports, summaries, and educational materials that identify legislative proposals affecting issues important to our faith.
http://www.catholicclimatecovenant.org/ Catholic Climate Covenant inspires and equips people and institutions to care for creation and care for the poor, guiding the U.S. Church's response to climate change by educating, giving public witness, and offering resources.
http://usccb.org "Among our tasks as witnesses to the love of Christ is that of giving a voice to the cry of the poor." Pope Francis, Address to the Archbishop of Canterbury, 6/14/13
http://www.usccb.org/news/2017/17-165.cfm Calls On Catholic Faithful To Urge Congress To Pass DREAM Act