Tuesday, April 28, 2015

This just in: Florida House takes its ball and goes home three days before session ends

Posted By on Tue, Apr 28, 2015 at 1:52 PM

click to enlarge 1979 photo of the ceremonial "sine die" dropping of the handkerchief signifying the end of the legislative session in Tallahassee. - VIA STATE ARCHIVES OF FLORIDA, FLORIDA MEMORY
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  • 1979 photo of the ceremonial "sine die" dropping of the handkerchief signifying the end of the legislative session in Tallahassee.

We just received a notification from the News Service of Florida that the state House of Representatives adjourned its session "sine die," which means they don't plan to come back until they have to, at 1:15 p.m. today, three days before session is even supposed to end. 

This while the Senate is struggling to come up with solutions for Medicaid expansion and to fill the $1 billion gap left in the governor's budget if the Low Income Pool is not renewed by the federal government. 

According to House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, the House did its part and "passed legislation that covered every principle" in the Legislature's 2015 work plan. So now they'll go home and wait until somebody calls a special session to complete the state budget by the July 1 deadline. In the meantime, they'll just be enjoying an extra long weekend, we guess. 

For the record, Florida legislators make a $29,687 base salary and spend just 60 days in session. Crisafulli, as House Speaker, gets $41,181. 

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