Florida 4-H Legislators provides an opportunity for teen 4-H members to have a “learn by doing” experience in state government each summer. During this event, 4-H’ers will serve as Florida 4-H senators, representatives, lobbyists, media correspondents, Lt. Governor or Governor in a “mock” style experience. 4-H participants will get to experience what it takes for laws to be considered and passed or vetoed in a model legislative session at the Florida State Capital.
The purpose of Florida 4-H Legislature is to provide an experience that prepares 4-H members for leadership in the American democratic process. Each participant learns, practices and defends the theory and process of representing citizens and making public policy.
This year, due to Covid-19 restrictions, 4-H Legislator will be a hybrid event (virtual & in-person). LEG will start virtually from June 22nd till the 23rd, and then on the following Saturday June 26th youth will meet in person to debate and vote on bills.
Tuesday June 22, 2021 9:00am-11:00am EST
Wednesday June 23,2021 9:00am – 11:00am EST
Thursday June 24, 2021 9:00-noon EST
Saturday June 26, 2021 9:30am-10:30am Check – In
Program 10:30am – 4:00pm EST
University of Florida – Reitz Union
Join us for this civic education event with youth from around the state ages 13 to 18 (as of September 1 of the current 4-H year).
Virtual and In-person Event
Registration will be from Monday, May 10, to Monday, June 14, 2021, via 4HOnline.
Virtual ONLY price $25.00 (virtual only participants will have their t-shirt mailed to them)
Full Experience price $45.00 (full experience participants will receive their t-shirt at the in-person event, lunch is included in the price)
Preparing for Legislature
- Legislature Manual I – Provides procedures and guidelines for the Florida 4-H Legislature program. Manual 1 changes little from year to year. Therefore, until the current year’s manual is posted, the previous year’s manual can be used. When participants arrive at 4-H Legislature, they should have the final edition.
- Legislature Manual II – Provides bills that will be used for the Florida 4-H Legislature program.
Each year, the 4-H Legislature Planning Committee is responsible for developing the bills that will be used at Florida 4-H Legislature. The committee welcomes and invites 4-H members, volunteers, and Extension Agents to submit bills and/or ideas for bills.