Learn to Use all of the Tools on the CALL Website
As we usher in the New Year, we wanted to take a moment to highlight some of the features and benefits of the Community Association Leadership Lobby (CALL) website. We hope that throughout 2020 you will find our updates on proposed legislation educational, but more than that we hope that the tools and resources found on the site will encourage you to engage with your representatives to ensure that this year’s Legislative Session benefits the community associations that you all work so hard to represent.
The purpose of CALL Alerts is to provide weekly updates on current legislation in both Florida and the federal government that impact community associations. Each CALL Alert includes an in-depth analysis on a variety of issues and policies as well as updates on the procedural status of significant bills as they make their way through the legislative process. For example, our CALL Alerts will keep you informed on how each bill has progressed through committee review and what amendments, if any, have been proposed. We will also discuss more generally the trends in our industry as well as best practices in the field of common interest developments.
Within our suite of services you will also find the CALL Bill Report which provides a wealth of information on the specific bills that have been filed with the Florida Legislature in the 2020 Session. Updated weekly, the CALL Bill Report includes the bill number, the date it was filed, the bill sponsor, a summary of the bill, which statutes would be affected or amended, and the last action taken on the bill. Each bill is categorized as having either a direct or indirect impact on community associations and will also be identified as either helpful, harmful or neutral. The Report also includes continually updated information on which assigned Legislative Committees have taken up review of each particular bill and what amendments have been proposed. Hyperlinks embedded in the Bill Report allow you to access information on the composition of the Senate Committee members so that you can contact your representatives during their review of a particular bill.
FLORIDA SENATE LIVE FEEDS
Our Florida Senate Live Feed button allows you to see the committees debating our bills live. You can also find links to the Florida Senate Daily Calendar, the Daily Legislative Broadcast Schedule, and the most recent Florida Senate Press Releases. Finally, there is a Video Archive including footage from various Senate Committee Meetings in case you missed a hearing.
Curious as to how you can become more involved? CALL has you covered with our Legislator Connect feature. This tool allows you to easily find your elected official whether in the House of Representatives or in the Florida Senate by simply plugging in your zip code. The contact information for each elected official is provided through our website and our email tool allows you to make your opinions known on the bills that will impact your community. We encourage all CALL members to make your voices heard! To this end, over the course of the year we will be expanding our advocacy toolkit by creating customizable templates for letters and scripts for telephone calls. Stay tuned for further updates.
WHAT’S NEXT IN 2020?
As a reminder, the Legislative Session starts early on January 14th this year. Your CALL team is devoted to increasing our advocacy and lobbying efforts and looks forward to sponsoring a number of activities and events throughout the year, including outreach opportunities in Tallahassee. We hope as you become more familiar with all the features found on the CALL website you will identify the many ways in which you can help improve the laws that impact community associations in Florida.