Tag: Special Session

Balanced Budget Prioritizes Education, Health Care, Tax Relief and Reserves

TALLAHASSEE, Fla–Senate Bill 2500-A, Florida’s 2015-2016 balanced budget was transmitted electronically to lawmakers and posted online at 5:37 p.m. today, initiating the constitutionally required 72-hour cooling off period before a final vote, expected this Friday. Statements from Senate President Andy Gardiner (R-Orlando) and Senator Tom Lee (R-Brandon), Chair of the

Florida House Health Care Bills DOA in Senate?

Tallahassee, FL- Questions about the House’s health care bills got a lukewarm response Wednesday morning from Senate President Andy Gardiner. The Senate held a brief floor session but did not conduct any significant business as a state budget for 2015-16 continues to be worked out. Asked whether the Senate would

Lawmakers Face Questions in Special Session Today

TALLAHASSEE — Florida lawmakers return today for a 20-day special session where they must reach agreement on a new state budget. The House and Senate ended their regular session in a meltdown over health care funding, which left a $4 billion difference in their budget plans. Tensions remain high between

House Releases Tentative Special Session Schedule

House Speaker Steve Crisafulli released an anticipated calendar for the June 1-20 special session, during which lawmakers expect to hammer out a state budget. He also noted that lawmakers’ requests to be excused from the special session aren’t guaranteed to be OK’ed by leadership. For entire tentative schedule:.pdf| Miami Herald 

House Rebuffs Senate FHIX Compromise

Republican leaders in the Florida Senate offered up a revamped health care proposal Tuesday in an effort to end a budget stalemate that threatens to shut down state government, but the proposal was immediately rejected by Gov. Rick Scott and House GOP leaders. Legislators are scheduled to return to the