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Special Session Overlaps Pre-session Committee Meetings
Tuesday, 27 October 2015
Friday, October 23, 2015, Tallahassee – State lawmakers, returned to Tallahassee this week for another round of committee meetings in preparation for their annual 60-day lawmaking session slated to start in January, earlier than the customary March kick-off. But, legislators also faced the dual duty of meeting in their third special session this year, this time to address the court-ordered redrawing of the states Senate districts.
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Lawmakers Return to Capitol for Budget Negotiations
Sunday, 14 June 2015

Friday, June 12, 2015, Tallahassee – Having failed to agree on a state spending plan for fiscal year 2015-16, lawmakers returned to Tallahassee last week for a three-week special session to try to agree on a budget before July 1, the start of the state’s next fiscal year.  During this second week of their negotiations, House and Senate appropriations chairs are now working through any remaining differences unresolved by conference committees.  Once concluded, any remaining differences are then “bumped-up” to the House Speaker and Senate President for their attention and agreement before the final conference budget will be voted on by each body.

 

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Abrupt House Adjournment Crashes Chaotic Session
Thursday, 30 April 2015
Thursday, April 30, Tallahassee – Though state lawmakers could not agree on their sole constitutional task of passing a balanced budget before their scheduled adjournment on May 1st, most believed lawmakers’ final week in regular session would be spent resolving a number of important policy issues. At least that seemed to be the course until House leaders, unbeknownst to most of their rank-and-file members, sent shock waves throughout the capitol complex deciding to adjourn sine die three days early, on Tuesday afternoon shortly after a lunch break.  Sine die, is a Latin term meaning “without a day,” signaling final adjournment. 
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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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