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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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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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