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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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Lawmakers Ramp-up Committee Efforts
Saturday, 14 March 2015

(Friday, March 13, 2015 – Tallahassee)  With their opening week festivities finished, legislators rolled up their sleeves to begin the real nuts-and-bolts-process of lawmaking; weeding through the field of both individual member and committee bills and readying the potentially strongest survivors for a final trek to the floors of both the House and Senate.  Appropriations committees also began the piecemeal work of assembling a state government spending plan, the only task Florida’s constitution mandates the Legislature must complete before adjourning.  Today Speaker Steve Crisafulli (R-Merritt Island) released budget allocations for the House, signaling his funding priorities to leaders in the various budget subcommittees responsible for assembling each portion of the state’s spending plan. Senate leaders chose not to issue allocations, suggesting the Senate might have their budget off to print as early as next week.

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Health Care Issues Abound as Lawmakers Set Sail on Session
Sunday, 08 March 2015

(Friday, March 6, 2015 – Tallahassee)  Lawmakers set their sites on the capital this week officially launching their 60-day lawmaking and budget-crafting voyage on Tuesday.  Though Gov. Rick Scott’s traditional annual opening-day address hinted at more fair weather ahead urging legislators to stay the course, undercurrents from the uncertainties plaguing state health care policies could very likely force a far different – and much rougher – path in the coming days and weeks.

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