Paul Renner hints at possible Special Session on Israel

Paul Renner — Israel Special Session
'If you stand for freedom, if you stand for peace, you should stand with Israel and with Florida’s Jewish community.'

House Speaker Paul Renner suggested that Florida legislators may hold a Special Session in order to enact tougher sanctions against Iran that Gov. Ron DeSantis wants.

Renner, along with Senate President Kathleen Passidomo and a large group of both Democrats and Republicans, gathered together on Wednesday to say they “Stand with Israel.” Israel is at war with Hamas after the organization launched a series of attacks about 10 days ago.

“If you stand for freedom, if you stand for peace, you should stand with Israel and with Florida’s Jewish community,” Renner said.

During that event, Renner said legislators would go ahead and push out the sanctions proposal that DeSantis asked for.

But in a brief back-and-forth with reporters right afterward, Renner left open the possibility that legislators could pass the bill during a Special Session instead of waiting until the Regular Session planned to start in January.

“Unique times call for unique actions,” Renner said.

DeSantis made the call for additional sanctions right after the attacks. He also declared a state of emergency last week which led to Florida paying for charter flights that have returned Americans from Israel. Nearly 300 Americans arrived over the weekend, and a second plane arrived on Wednesday, according to a post on X by DeSantis.

State legislators could hold a Special Session during one of their planned committee weeks. Legislators are already scheduled to return to Tallahassee for two weeks in November and two weeks in December.

Christine Jordan Sexton

Tallahassee-based health care reporter who focuses on health care policy and the politics behind it. Medicaid, health insurance, workers’ compensation, and business and professional regulation are just a few of the things that keep me busy.


  • tom palmer

    October 18, 2023 at 2:25 pm

    What would be the effect of Florida sanctions against Iran other than allowing some politicians to perform for the cameras?.

  • PeterH

    October 18, 2023 at 3:22 pm

    A special session for pandering. I’m certain Desantis will endorse!

  • My Take

    October 18, 2023 at 3:58 pm

    Israel hardĺy stands for peace.
    And for freedom . . . only in Israel.
    All this blather is to trigger US action against Iran, Israel’s strongest enemy.
    Israel should be protected, but not necessarily supported in its aims.

    • rick whitaker

      October 18, 2023 at 10:19 pm

      anyone claiming to be god’s chosen people are also implying that everyone else is NOT chosen. i think that is the flaw of all religion. it’s the us and them mentality. i am a them in a christian country. i have lived as a them for over 60 years, so i know about that concept well..

      • Teresa Magnolia

        October 19, 2023 at 10:39 am

        Not to mention they wrote the book of course they said they were the chosen ones.

  • Teresa Magnolia

    October 19, 2023 at 10:41 am

    How about calling a special session to actually help Floridians with the real problems they are facing AKA homeowners insurance.

    • rick whitaker

      October 19, 2023 at 7:57 pm

      the only kind of insurance corporate america gone wild want’s is one where you only pay in and never get paid out. i’m for a more socialized version where the ins and outs are more balanced. in other words, through lobbying and bad legislation, the ins are huge and the outs are miniscule. vote democrat.

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