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Decisions the government makes affect you! Be involved; have a voice. Understand how your local and federal governments work. Learn what you can do to make change.

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Contact Your Governor

You want to get the governor on your side because he has the power to veto any state bill, which if passed becomes state law. 

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Contact Your Senator

The Florida Senate represents the people.  They represent more people than the House of Representatives do.  It's important to contact your local senator because they can vote for or against a bill, which if passed becomes state law.  Do you know who your local senator is?  The link above will help you find your local senator.  You can see how they voted on bills that will affect you.

Contact Your Representative

The House of Representatives represents the people.  They represent a small, local area of people.  It's important to contact your local Representative because they have the power to vote for or against state bills, which if passed become state law.  Do you know who your local Representative is?  The link above will help you find your local Representative.  You can how they voted on bills that will affect you.

Bills

A Bill is an idea that is brought up from the people. When the Senate and the House are in agreement, the bill is sent to the governor for approval.  The governor can then Veto or Pass the Bill.  If the bill is passed, it becomes law. 

Statutes
FFDD

Floridians for the Future of the Developmentally Disabled (FFDD) was created to collectively strengthen the voice of the Developmentally Disabled and to help elect public officials who are committed to advancing legislation that benefits people who have developmental disabilities.

FFDD is a great resource, and will help you keep up to date on all the legislative changes that affect you. 

How An Idea Becomes A Law

How An Idea Becomes A Law, Flowchart

Balance of Power