Keeping up with the House

Keeping up with the House

Keeping Up With The House

As I promised on my April 4th, 2019 podcast episode on Cannabis Queen Radio, here’s a step by step description of how I got on my “Ciara: and “Leveled Up” my Florida resident game in regards to tracking and using my voice to speak to my Florida representatives in the Florida House of Representatives. Now I am “Keeping Up with the House”.

I had a conversation where I agreed with another Florida resident who confessed to me that they wouldn’t even know where to start in exercising their right to voice opinions to our representatives. Many amazing people plan and travel to our state capital and perform demonstrations and present their perspective in the chamber. I admire these advocates and hope to join them in Tallahassee in the years to come. In the meanwhile, I confessed to being lost in that department, even though I am in constant contact with a variety of advocates that travel the state. (If you live outside of Florida, check to see if your state has this tool and sign up.)

Side Note…

Since the passing of Ermias Joseph Asghedom on March 31, 2019, known professionally as Nipsey Hussle, urban communities across the United States are seeing an example of how one person with the cards stacked against them can overcome and get involved in assisting to evolve our low income communities by working together with the government. Nipsey was an American rapper and songwriter from Los Angeles, California that was able to establish outreach programs and community centers in the same hood he grew up dodging bullets in. He leveled up. An example I am taking very seriously.

I decided to look into the process, get involved and share it with anyone else desiring to do the same.

So…

Did you know that the Florida Senate and the House of Representatives each have a user-friendly website where “we the people” can easily track everything? These tools make it easier for residents to level up and get involved in government affairs without having to take time off to physically be at the capital. We should still head to Tallahassee when we can. (Stay tuned, I will be posting a separate blog to a break down of the website for the House of Representatives as well.)

What did I figure out?

First I googled (of course) and found the website for the Florida House of Representatives. I immediately created an account to access the information and start tracking members, committees, bills, etc. Of course you don’t have to set up the account to read and access but I found it advantageous to have the ability to track.

CLICK ON TRACK

To take advantage of tracking you have to set up an account. Below I show you how.

To take advantage of tracking you have to set up an account. Below I show you how.

As you can see in the screenshot above, I have already signed up for an account and am able to track members, committees, bills, etc. Below I take you step by step to set up your account. #adulting

SIGN UP HERE

 
You have more steps to go before it is actually ACTIVE. Scroll down to see.

You have more steps to go before it is actually ACTIVE. Scroll down to see.

That was easy! Now what?

You will be receiving an email with an activation link. Click on it to activate the subscription.

Click on this link in your email then log into your new account on  www.myfloridahouse.gov

Click on this link in your email then log into your new account on www.myfloridahouse.gov

ACTIVATE- CLICK ON THE LINK IN YOUR EMAIL

YOU HAVE YO CLICK ON THE LINK IN THE EMAIL TO ACTIVATE.

YOU HAVE YO CLICK ON THE LINK IN THE EMAIL TO ACTIVATE.

SIGN IN & START TRACKING & CONTACTING

You bet I am tracking!

You bet I am tracking!

Now to find my Representatives.

Now to find my Representatives.

By this time I was feeling real good about my level up. Here’s how I found my Representatives.

You bet I am tracking! Calling. Emailing.

You bet I am tracking! Calling. Emailing.

That’s what’s up! I am tracking the lady circled in my  Florida Senate  account. We got new faces and old faces. Looks like they haven’t updated the governor yet. SMH

That’s what’s up! I am tracking the lady circled in my Florida Senate account. We got new faces and old faces. Looks like they haven’t updated the governor yet. SMH

HERE IS MY DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE

Here’s an example of a member profile. Above we see my representative is Carlos. Hi Carlos. Can’t wait to chat!

Here’s an example of a member profile. Above we see my representative is Carlos. Hi Carlos. Can’t wait to chat!

Tracking the committees and the bills are important too. Let’s see how this works. Here I clicked on Committees to review a list of them. Here’s the list below.

Every year…

Regular sessions of the Legislature begin on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in March and continue for 60 consecutive days, which may be extended by a three-fifths vote of each house.  Special sessions may be called by the Governor, or may be convened by joint proclamation of the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Special sessions may not exceed 20 days, unless extended by a three-fifths vote of each house. 

TRACK COMMITTEES

Click on the list to go to the website and click around. You pay for this website with your tax dollars.

Click on the list to go to the website and click around. You pay for this website with your tax dollars.

In the cannabis industry, we monitor and are interested in the decisions of the Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee.

Just recently we all got really excited to hear that Governor Ron Desantis had signed a bill and released the ban on smokable marijuana in Florida. Click here to read more.

Many feel we took two steps forward and 3 steps back when this Subcommittee was presented with Bill Number: HB 7117 : Medical Use of Marijuana. (See my blog post XXXXXX where I discuss and break it down.)

You can click on the image to go directly to this page to review HB 7117.

You can click on the image to go directly to this page to review HB 7117.

What are you waiting for? It’s time to stop waiting for change and start tracking our representatives. All the information to facilitate a call, an email or an appearance is here. Your voice matters!

What are you waiting for? It’s time to stop waiting for change and start tracking our representatives. All the information to facilitate a call, an email or an appearance is here. Your voice matters!

Elected officials of our government are supposed to be just that, representatives of our voice. We, the people. They need to hear from us in order to represent us properly. It goes much further than voting every so often. It is time that all of us start stop being quiet and start getting vocal.

If you find this blog post useful, please share it so that another person can become inspired to start speaking up outside of social media.

I got excited and I signed up for an appearance.

If you would like to help support my trip to Tallahassee please send your contribution to my Venmo. (JoraDXplora)

I have always wanted to and I am not sitting this one out. 10% THC is total BS and Florida deserves to medicate. This bill is messing with the veterans too. This makes me angry but upon reflection, I know that the most effective way to proceed is by communication. Jora D Xplora is on the move!

PS. Thank you to anyone helping me get to the Capital! Any contribution is GREATLY appreciated. Any excess of funds will go to inviting other advocates financially challenged get up there! #weridin

Many miracles have happened in a span of 3 days and it’s going to take a miracle for me to pull this one off by Tuesday morning. I believe in the impossible and the unknown more than a condition or a restriction. Let’s do this. make sure to sign up for these two websites.

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See my other blog where I write about Keeping Up With the Senate.

#WeThePeople #FLCannabisQueen #CannabisQueenRadio #InhaleTheKnowledge #ExhaleTheFear

Keeping up with the Senate

Keeping up with the Senate

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