AGC Northwest Florida Legislative Report for Week 8 ending April 30 2017

 

AGC Alabama Northwest Florida Section

Prepared by R. Bruce Kershner, Government Relations Director

April 30, 2017

 Week Eight Legislative Report

 Last Week

Not many political pundits who walk the halls of the Capitol in Tallahassee can recall the last time the Florida House did not hold a floor session on the last Monday of the last week of Session.  But that is exactly what was announced Friday.  Presumably, the House will not hold a floor session as presiding officers hammer out the final details of the budget.  To end the 2017 Legislative Session on time, the budget must be on lawmakers’ desk by Tuesday to allow for the 72-hour cooling off period before the final vote can be taken.  Looking ahead to the rest of the schedule next week, the Senate Appropriations Committee will meet at 8:00 a.m. in a rare final week meeting, and senators are expected to head to the floor by 1:00 p.m.  The Tuesday through Friday schedule has the Senate starting their floor session at 10:00 a.m. while the House will come in at 10:30 a.m.  Hopefully the lawmakers can get their work done at a reasonable time on Friday.

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