Lawmakers Burn the Midnight Oil

The fourth floor was still packed with lobbyists waiting to see what passes and what doesn’t.

The big holdup is a massive insurance bill. A bill to ban bullying of students in schools did not survive the session this year.

Parents and students have been pushing for years to have stiffer penalties for bullies, and supporters say even though the bill didn’t make it they made their point.

Rep. Ken Gottleib, (D) Miramar, FL, said, “The great thing is that now we’ve had Democrats and Republicans and the entire House of Representatives realize that we have a problem in our schools and they want to do something to correct it, and so I’m confident that something will happen in one of the future years.”

The $71 billion state budget passed Friday evening. It includes a record $32 billion in education spending.