Just hours before adjourning the 2012 session of the Florida legislature, lawmakers learned they will barely have time to go home and see the kids before heading back to Tallahassee, after Gov. Scott called a 15-day extraordinary session beginning Wednesday to deal with a redistricting plan rejected by the Florida Supreme Court.
Florida budget negotiations have stalled in Tallahassee which means state lawmakers may not end their annual session on time.
The Florida Senate voted down a bill Tuesday which would have privatized about 30 prisons in the southern part of the state.
Plans to redraw the political boundaries of the state Senate and Florida’s congressional delegations passed the upper chamber by broad margin even as opponents bitterly argued the maps are aimed at protecting political incumbents.
State economists said Thursday that there should be modest growth in tax collections this year, but not nearly enough to make a difference with the state’s nearly $2 billion deficit.
Gov. Rick Scott is going into his second legislative session with the same priorities — creating jobs and making the state more business friendly — but this time around his goals are more realistic.
Lawmakers sponsoring the resort casino bill have seen a growing chorus of opposition to bill, and on Thursday they defended it to a roomful of reporters, saying it would better regulate gambling and provide jobs.
Two South Florida lawmakers are betting casino resorts are just what we need to boost the bottom line.
The chances that a Republican can unseat Senator Bill Nelson in 2012 are shrinking every day. Nelson outraised every Republican challenger that has declared for the 2012 GOP primary.
In a direct response to concerns raised by the Casey Anthony trial about child protection, Senate President Mike Haridopolos announced the creation of a Select Committee on Protecting Florida’s Children.