The Senate Budget Committee unveiled late Friday a $70.7 billion budget plan and more than 20 conforming bills, a move that could once again stir discontent among a maverick group of senators who nearly derailed last year’s session.
Senate Reapportionment Chairman Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, apologized Friday for using hanging imagery in reference to lawsuits challenging new maps for legislative and congressional districts approved Thursday by the Senate.
Following final passage in the Senate Thursday of the redistricting plan for the state’s congressional delegation, the Florida Democratic Party announced it had filed a lawsuit on the grounds that it violates the anti-gerrymandering Fair Districts amendments, approved by voters last fall.
Sometimes good sense prevails. The House on Wednesday voted unanimously to move $10 million around in the budget in an effort to keep a Jefferson County prison open, acknowledging the hardship its closure would have on the rural community.
Senate “memorials” are largely symbolic resolutions. But when Sen. Garrett Richter, R-Naples, brought up a memorial Tuesday urging Congress to repeal the federal Dodd-Frank financial law, he touched off a lengthy — and partisan — fight.
A sweeping charter school measure passed through the Senate Education Committee on Monday after a heated but limited debate over a provision that would require school districts to give some construction money to public charter schools.