It’s crunch time for the Legislature, and members in both chambers know that if they’d like to see their priorities passed this Legislative Session, their bills at this point should be moving through committees with due haste.
The Florida Senate preemptively cancelled a floor session set for Wednesday of this week to give lawmakers more time to work on bills in separate committees. The Florida House, in
session on Wednesday, rolled several pieces of legislation to a vote, quickly approving them through the process.
Lawmakers began this week with information that the state will collect an estimated $462 million more than anticipated during the next two years. The change in revenue forecast is
attributed to increased economic activity following Hurricane Irma and additional dollars collected from casinos in the state.
Unfortunately, this good bit of news was met later in the week with the tragic high school shooting in Parkland. The event could affect how the Legislature operates through the rest of
Session. On Thursday morning Senate leaders announced their support for a $100 million package that would fund mental health screening, counseling and training and the “hardening” of Florida schools. With 17 days left, this incident in Parkland will continue to change the trajectory of the Legislature.
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