House Speaker Steve Crisafulli and Senate Pres. Andy Gardiner formally agreed to the topics and dates of a special session. Legislative leaders announced that they have come up with a long list of items they want to tackle during a 20-day special session, scheduled for June 1 – June 20, including a new state budget and even major health care changes. Other bills on the agenda include plans for conservation lands under Amendment 1, tax cuts, and health insurance options.
The most pressing item is the budget since state government could be shut down if lawmakers fail to act by June 30. Gov. Rick Scott has already been warning about a shutdown and this week ordered state agencies to come up with a list of the state’s most critical services in case legislators cannot pass a budget. But both House Speaker Steve Crisafulli and Senate Pres. Andy Gardiner also decided to include in the formal session proclamation items being sought by both men including a package of nearly $700 million in tax cuts and a proposal to extend health care coverage to 800,000 Floridians. It doesn’t mean that any of the proposals will pass during the special session, but it does mean that they are under consideration again.