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2019 Session Opening Day: Bill Galvano cites the greats

“Let us be willing to step back, rethink, and regroup.”

Senate President Bill Galvano must have pulled his copy of Bartlett’s off the shelf when preparing his 2019 Opening Day remarks.

He presented each senator with an hourglass bearing the following quote from “my favorite president, Abraham Lincoln” — “The best thing about the future is it comes one day at a time.”

Galvano urged his colleagues: “Let’s make every single day of this session meaningful, purposeful, and have it lead to accomplishment.”

Galvano also cited Ernest Hemingway: “Today is only one day in all the days that will ever be. But what will happen in all the other days that ever come can depend on what you do today.”

He urged the Senate to “truly vet” the matters that come before it.

“And, if we as a Senate do not feel a bill is right, or ready, let us be willing to step back, rethink, and regroup. Most importantly, if necessary, let us have the discipline to be willing to walk away.”

He concluded: “History will not judge us based on the number of bills we pass, or the steps towards fulfilling a personal agenda.

“History will judge us based on the quality of our actions.”

Senate President Bill Galvano speaks to the Senate during the Opening Day of the 2019 Legislative session at the Capitol in Tallahassee. Image via Colin Hackley.

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Michael Moline is a former assistant managing editor of The National Law Journal and managing editor of the San Francisco Daily Journal. Previously, he reported on politics and the courts in Tallahassee for United Press International. He is a graduate of Florida State University, where he served as editor of the Florida Flambeau. His family’s roots in Jackson County date back many generations.

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