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2017 Session Finally Ends, PIP Repeal Dead
Thursday, 11 May 2017
Tallahassee – State lawmakers returned to Tallahassee on Monday of this week, finally approving a state budget late in the evening, officially ending their 2017 regular session. Originally scheduled to end on the previous Friday, both Houses agreed to a three-day extension to accommodate the 72-hour “cooling off” period required before a final vote could be taken on the budget.
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Its a wrap: State lawmakers end session on time, with a budget
Friday, 18 March 2016
Friday, March 17, 2016, Tallahassee – In dramatic contrast to their meltdown near the end of last year’s annual lawmaking session, smiling House and Senate leaders returned to a more cordial finale concluding their 2016 session on time last Friday evening. Shortly after the traditional “handkerchief drop” signaling their final adjournment sine die (Latin for “without day”), House and Senate leaders went one friendlier step further, meeting together outside their chamber doors on the Capitol’s fourth floor. Much praise and back-slapping were the order of the day and even Gov. Rick Scott made a rare visit upstairs to praise their efforts. 
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Florida Legislative Session 2014: Week Nine
Tuesday, 06 May 2014

Legislature wraps up annual session on time, on Governor’s priorities

By Jack Hebert, FCA Government Affairs Dir. and Paul Lambert, FCA General Counsel

(Monday, May 5, 2014, Tallahassee) Florida’s state legislators ended their 2015 regular legislative session late Friday evening, marking the 60th and final day of their annual lawmaking get-together.  With agreement on a record $77.1-billion state government financing plan for the next fiscal year, and after handing Gov. Scott his top priorities – namely a significant increase in K-12 education spending, $500-million in tax relief measures, and a freeze on state university tuition increases – Republican leaders in both the House and Senate sought to help steer Scott in a positive direction as he continues on his reelection march toward November. 

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2013 Legislative Session Weekly Update: Legislators finish their work at least for now.
Thursday, 09 May 2013
                (Wednesday, May 8, 2013, Tallahassee)  Florida’s Legislature concluded its annual lawmaking session on time last Friday, passing a balanced budget while addressing a wide variety of other issues ranging from texting while driving to restricting the use of drone aircraft.  But perhaps, most notable, this session was remarkable for what was not accomplished, as lawmakers failed to agree on a plan for expanding health care to lower income Floridians in light of the looming changes coming to our nation’s health care delivery system.
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Special Session Ends Abruptly
Wednesday, 21 July 2010
               (Tuesday, 07/20/2010, Tallahassee) – In a matter of hours the Florida House and Senate concluded what was originally slated to be a four-day session previously ordered by Gov. Charlie Crist.  Presumably having little interest in doing anything to help the political future of the newly-independent Crist, Republican leaders on both sides were quick to dismiss his request. 

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