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Special session unlikely for Ag. Commissioner concealed-weapons purview

In the bubbled world of Tallahassee, rumors started to spread before the polls closed of North Carolina-style special sessions by outgoing GOP politicos in case Democrats won statewide races.

With Nikki Fried ahead in the unofficial vote tallies for Agriculture Commissioner, such chatter intensified, especially over the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ handling of concealed-weapon licenses.

So far, however, there is no formal sign of a special session.

“There have been no plans or discussions, in any way, with respect to a special session to address any issue with the Department of Agriculture,” Fred Piccolo, a House spokesman said when asked about the issue.

Katie Betta, a spokeswoman for incoming Senate President Bill Galvano, a Bradenton Republican, gave a similar response. “No. President-Designate Galvano has not been not involved in such a discussion,” Betta said.

The Senate will convene for an organization meeting at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. The House opens its organization session an hour later.

Both chambers will hold the first of six pre-session committee weeks starting Dec. 11. The 2019 Legislative Session will begin March 5.

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