5 days ago, 06/25/2015 at 4:28pm
Whew! They’re Done!
Is there any good news coming out of Tallahassee lately? Anything?
After botching the regular session and failing to do the one thing the Florida constitution demands of them – pass a budget – the Florida Legislature came back to Tallahassee for a special session June 1. The Constitution gives them a maximum of 20 days for a special session. They used 19 of them at an estimated cost of $65,000-$75,000 per day. That’s well over $1 million, of our money, all because they couldn’t get their work done.
Every job I’ve had in my life has had required duties. If I failed to fulfill those duties, the result was certainly not a no-consequence do-over that cost $1M. No wonder they don’t understand us common folk back here working for a living. Their rules are not the same as ours.
There may yet be another special session before the Legislature convenes in January 2016. The Supreme Court is expected to rule on whether lawmakers need to redraw congressional districts. Remember those Fair District Amendments to the Florida Constitution that voters passed in 2010? Our legislators struggled to create "fair” districts and the courts ruled that they had failed in at least 2 districts. Challengers claim it’s much more than two districts and would like the whole Congressional map tossed.
Meanwhile, the state Senate district map has also been questioned and a challenge is before a circuit judge now, which could be appealed to the Supreme Court.