Connect with us

Influence

Speaker, Senate president agree to Special Session dates

Florida lawmakers will return to the state Capitol June 1 for a special session.

House Speaker Steve Crisafulli and Senate President Andy Gardiner have agreed to call a special session for June 1 through June 20.

In a joint memo to the Legislature, Crisafulli and Gardiner said a schedule needs to be finalized and that a proclamation will be issued soon.

“While significant discussions lay before us, today marks a very good day for Florida as we have reached agreement on dates for a budget Special Session,” Crisafulli said in a prepared statement. “We look forward to working with our partners in the Senate as we make continued progress in the weeks ahead.”

The 2015 Regular Session ended with the House and Senate locked in a dispute over extending health insurance to the working poor. The Senate proposed backfilling money lost by the federal government ending a Low Income Pool program that pays hospitals for treating the uninsured. When the program ends, the state loses about $1.3 billion in matching federal fundings.

The House objected to the idea and its Appropriations chairman, Rep. Richard Corcoran. said the House would never agree to Medicaid expansion.

The Senate responded the House mischaracterized its proposal and that it was a free market solution to a policy problem.

The argument derailed budget talks and lawmakers adjourned with no spending plan in place for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

Written By

Sign up for Sunburn

Receive our team's agenda-setting morning read of what's hot in Florida politics. Delivered straight to your inbox Monday through Friday.

Florida Politics is a statewide, new media platform covering campaigns, elections, government, policy, and lobbying in Florida. This platform and all of its content are owned by Extensive Enterprises Media.

Publisher: Peter Schorsch

Contributors & reporters: Phil Ammann, Drew Dixon, Renzo Downey, Rick Flagg, A.G. Gancarski, Joe Henderson, Janelle Irwin, Ryan Nicol, Jacob Ogles, Scott Powers, Bob Sparks, Andrew Wilson, and Kelly Hayes.
Email: Peter@FloridaPolitics.com
Phone: (727) 642-3162
Address: 204 37th Avenue North #182
St. Petersburg, Florida 33704

Connect
Sign up for Sunburn

Receive our team's agenda-setting morning read of what's hot in Florida politics. Delivered straight to your inbox Monday through Friday.