Last Call for 11.4.20 — A prime-time read of what’s going down in Florida politics

Last Call — A prime-time read of what’s going down in Florida politics.

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The election is over. In Florida, anyway.

That means it’s time to start prepping for the 2021 Legislative Session.

In two weeks, lawmakers will head to Tallahassee for an Organization Session where the newly elected among them will be ceremonially sworn-in. But, since it’s 2020, there are a few new rules.

In a Wednesday memo to Senators and staff, Senate President-Designate Wilton Simpson outlined a set of protocols for the pandemic era, developed with guidance from Tampa General Hospital and the University of South Florida.

To gain access to the Senate floor, all Senators must be tested for COVID-19 by Nov. 16, the day before the Organization Session is set to begin.

Additionally, only newly elected Senators will be allowed to bring a spouse or guest on to the Senate Floor — returning members will have to be content walking in solo. If their families tagalong, they’ll have to watch the proceedings from the newly renovated 412 Knott Building

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