2020 Legislative Session
We hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July! Next week Capitol Connection will include our wrap-up of Florida's 2020 Legislative Session and a summary of the FY 20/21 budget Governor DeSantis signed totaling $92.2 billion.
Please continue to encourage your networks to push filling out the US Census. Florida is still greatly lagging in its response rate during the COVID-19 crisis. 
State of Emergency Extended for 60 Days
On Tuesday, July 7th Governor DeSantis extended Florida's state of emergency for the following 60 days. This extends the original executive order from March 9th due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
You can find the executive order here
Emergency Order to Reopen Schools in Fall
The Florida Department of Education issued an emergency order on Monday, July 6th to reopen brick and mortar schools for the Fall of 2020. During a press conference on Monday, Commissioner Richard Corcoran explained that the order instructs schools districts to coordinate with their local county health departments to create a safe learning environment for students during the COVID-19 pandemic.
You can read the emergency order here
2020 Census
Please Share with Your Networks!
Approximately only 59.1% of households in Florida have completed the Census.

Only 56.9% of households in Miami-Dade have responded.

Please reach out your networks and remind them that federal funding for Florida relies on an accurate count. Programs for health care, education, transportation and housing; strategic planning for private and public organizations and representation depend on an accurate count.
 A complete and correct count in Florida’s communities help young children thrive because communities will receive their fair share to support programs, such as health insurance, hospitals, child care, food assistance, schools, and early childhood development.

We continue to urge you to help us spread the word to please complete the 2020 Census at http://2020census.gov/

The Census is safe, it's easy, it's important!
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Resources During COVID-19
As the state of Florida, along with the rest of the country, reacts to the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak, we have compiled a snapshot of resources available below:

General Information

  • 211 Helpline Florida - The United Way is aiding those who are affected by COVID-19. If you or somebody you know needs help, please reach out through calling 2-1-1 24/7 Call 2-1-1, available 24/7

School Aged Resources

Food Assistance

Mental Health

  • Dial 211 for mental health resources in your area

Re-employment assistance

Business and Non-Profit Assistance


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