TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) — The 2016 Florida Legislative session may start a bit earlier thanks to a bill passed Thursday.
The Florida House voted in favor of a bill (HB 9) that would start the annual legislative session in January of that year.READ MORE: CBS4 Investigates: Smugglers Trying To Cash In On COVID Pandemic
The vote was 93-22. The legislation heads to the desk of Gov. Rick Scott.
The 60-day session now starts in March. Legislators every 10 years meet in January when they are drawing new Congressional and legislative districts.READ MORE: ‘Lived Her Life Fiercely’: Hundreds Gather At Miami Dade College For Wake Remembering Congresswoman Carrie Meek
Florida’s constitution requires the session start in March in odd-numbered years but leaves it up to legislators to fix the date in even-numbered years.
Rep. Alan Williams, D-Tallahassee, voted against the bill after arguing it could harm the economy in the state capital if the session was held during winter months.
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