Among the most combative bills adopted during the Florida legislative session that concluded Saturday was the controversial new law that bans “sanctuary cities.”
As lawmakers scramble to adopt legislation in the final days of Florida’s 60-day session, it appears only a few of 50-plus preemption-related bills will be adopted before Friday’s adjournment.
That free April 2016 ticket to “Hamilton” from “Mike Miller” will cost former gubernatorial candidate and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum $5,000 and could, perhaps, tarnish his Democratic Party “rising star” status for years.
A key Senate panel on Monday approved two bills that would commit the state to funneling emergency assistance money into the 13-county Panhandle area reeling from Hurricane Michael’s devastation.
One of the bills, however, comes without a price tag, a reflection of the state’s angst in putting together a recovery plan without any idea when – or if – Congress will approve a pending $13.5 billion package that includes assistance to Florida Michael victims.
With three weeks to go in the legislative session, there are more than 3,000 filed bills awaiting review while Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed less than 10 into law.
The House and Senate could vote as soon as next week on their chamber’s proposed fiscal year 2020 spending plans after appropriations committees Wednesday overwhelmingly approved them.
Notoriously close “swing state” elections have fostered lawsuits that find hair-splitting vagaries in state law and, as a result, Florida’s highly publicized ballot counts and recounts have devolved into “a laughingstock” on the national stage.
A constitutional amendment adopted by voters in November requires a two-thirds majority of legislators in both chambers to approve a new state tax or a tax increase.
Gov. Ron DeSantis and Senate leaders both proposed plans to significantly grow Florida’s school choice programs — already the nation’s largest — before the 2019 legislative session began on March 5.
The House Heath Market Reform Subcommittee unanimously passed a proposed repeal of Florida’s certificate-of-need review program, which critics say allows hospitals, nursing homes and other health care providers to restrict patients’ access to competitively-priced medical services.