Government Relations

Government Relations acts as the liaison between the University of Miami and all federal, state and local government offices.

As advocates for the University, the Government and Community Relations staff works closely with government officials and their staff.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the mailing address for the Office of Government and Community Relations?

See Webpage footer below.

What is the fax number for the Office of Government and Community Relations?

305-284-2462

What is the appropriate way to address an elected official in writing?

To the President of the U.S.

President Firstname Lastname
The White House
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:

To a U.S. Senator

The Honorable Firstname Lastname
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator Doe:

To a U.S. Representative

The Honorable Firstname Lastname
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Representative Doe:

To the Governor

The Honorable Firstname Lastname
The Capitol
Tallahassee, FL 32399

Dear Governor Lastname:

To a State Senator

The Honorable Firstname Lastname
The Capitol
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Dear Senator Lastname

To a State Representative

The Honorable Firstname Lastname
The Capitol
Tallahassee, FL 32399

Dear Representative Lastname:

When does the State Legislative Session begin and end?

The Legislative Session usually begins on the first Monday in March and runs through the Friday of the last week beginning in April (for example the 2014 Session began on March 3rd and was scheduled to end on May 2nd).

How does a bill become law?

Either house (House or Senate) may originate any type of legislation; however the process differs slightly between houses.

A legislator sponsors a bill, which is referred to one or more committees related to the bill's subject. The committee studies the bill and decides if it should be amended, pass, or fail. If passed, the bill moves to other committees of reference or to the full house. The full house then votes on the bill.

If it passes in one house, it is sent to the other house for review. A bill goes through the same process in the second house as it did in the first. A bill can go back and forth between houses until a consensus is reached. Of course, the measure could fail at any point in the process