PREPARING FOR SPECIAL SESSION: Special sessions of the Florida Legislature aren’t very special, and as often as not they are ugly and unpredictable.Sometimes they end with nothing accomplished, triggering protests at the governor’s mansion or leaving lasting tensions that can cost politicians their jobs. This year’s challenge: prevent history from repeating itself. Special sessions are held when legislators have to work overtime because they haven’t finished their work within the 60 days of a regular session. The next one will begin June 1. The House, locked in a stalemate with the Senate over health care spending, abruptly shut down on April 28, ending the regular session three days early with talks on a budget at a standstill.
PREPARING FOR SPECIAL SESSION: Special sessions of the Florida Legislature aren’t very special, and as often as not they are ugly and unpredictable.Sometimes they end with nothing accomplished, triggering protests at the governor’s mansion or leaving lasting tensions that can cost politicians their jobs. This year’s challenge: prevent history from repeating itself. Special sessions are held when legislators have to work overtime because they haven’t finished their work within the 60 days of a regular session. The next one will begin June 1. The House, locked in a stalemate with the Senate over health care spending, abruptly shut down on April 28, ending the regular session three days early with talks on a budget at a standstill. SCOTT KEELER Tampa Bay Times
PREPARING FOR SPECIAL SESSION: Special sessions of the Florida Legislature aren’t very special, and as often as not they are ugly and unpredictable.Sometimes they end with nothing accomplished, triggering protests at the governor’s mansion or leaving lasting tensions that can cost politicians their jobs. This year’s challenge: prevent history from repeating itself. Special sessions are held when legislators have to work overtime because they haven’t finished their work within the 60 days of a regular session. The next one will begin June 1. The House, locked in a stalemate with the Senate over health care spending, abruptly shut down on April 28, ending the regular session three days early with talks on a budget at a standstill. SCOTT KEELER Tampa Bay Times

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Florida lawmakers aim to avoid pitfalls of past, troubled special sessions

May 08, 2015 5:34 PM

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