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Extended Session Likely for Budget Deal
Monday, 27 April 2015

(Friday, April 24, 2015 – Tallahassee) After weeks of stalled negotiations over agreement on a state government spending plan, today it appeared House and Senate leaders might finally be ready to come together to hammer out a budget.  However, with only one week left in their regular session and given the mandatory 72-hour cooling off period before a final vote can be taken, on-time adjournment on May 1st now appears highly unlikely.  The likelihood of extending the current session to provide time for budget negotiations now seems to be the probable course for lawmakers.  Passing a balanced state budget is the only task Florida’s constitution mandates on the Legislature.

 

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Special Session Talk Amid Budget Impasse
Sunday, 19 April 2015
(Friday, April 17, 2015 – Tallahassee)  The House-Senate standoff continued in the capitol this week with Republican leaders on both sides admitting that it would be unlikely they could come to agreement by their scheduled May 1 adjournment. At issue: The $4-billion rift between their rival budget plans addressing state spending that provides health care for low income Floridians.
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House Passes Tax Cuts, Budget Stalemate Continues
Friday, 10 April 2015

Friday, April 10, 2015, Tallahassee – With only three weeks remaining for legislators to agree on a state government spending plan, House and Senate negotiators have yet to be appointed to craft a compromise. Disagreement on how the state should provide health care to over one-million low income Floridians continues to be the sticking point. However, that did not stop the House from considering and passing a $690-million tax cut package on Thursday.

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Budget Effort Dominates Legislature’s Week
Friday, 27 March 2015

(Friday, March 27, 2015 - Tallahassee)  Nearing the mid-point of their annual lawmaking session, lawmakers spend much of their fourth session week readying both the House and Senate versions of each chamber’s state government spending plans. Passing a balanced budget is the only task mandated by the state’s constitution that the Legislature must accomplish before adjourning. Traditionally budget agreements – or perhaps more notably disagreements – occupy most of the closing weeks of the Legislature’s work as a joint Senate-House conference committee work to hammer out differences and decide on a final budget for Florida state government’s budget for next fiscal year.

 

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Busy Legislative Week Includes Chiros at the Capitol Annual Event
Friday, 20 March 2015
(Friday, March 20, 2015 – Tallahassee) Over 65 FCA leaders and members from across the state took a day away from their practice to participate in Chiros at the Capitol, an annual event hosted by the FCA offering DC’s a chance to interact with their Representatives and Senators on current issues of interest to the profession.  Tuesday’s daylong event featured briefings from FCA Lobby Team members, updates from key legislators, and many one-on-one meetings with members’ local legislators. Following an FCA-sponsored luncheon held at the portico of the Senate Office Building, attendees were invited for a private tour of the Senate Chamber which included a group photo-op with Senate President Andy Gardiner (R-Orlando).
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