Special Session Preview

By: Troy Kinsey Email
By: Troy Kinsey Email

Tallahassee, FL - State lawmakers will be in the Capitol for a special session Tuesday.

Thanks to an Election Day sweep, Republicans in Tallahassee now hold a veto-proof majority. Republicans are hoping to send out-going Gov. Charlie Crist a message by overturning some of his vetoes.

Essentially, they have the votes to revive many of the bills Crist has killed and they want to do exactly that before they head home Tuesday night

In all, there are nine vetoes issued by Crist Republican leaders plan to override.

At the top of the list: What would have been a nearly $10 million appropriation for the university of Florida's Shands Hospital. The governor cut that money from the budget, arguing the hospital shouldn't get preferential treatment. But, the Republicans complain poor people and kids are losing access to critical care.

Another key veto: A bill that would take away the governor's authority over the state Department of Management Services. Crist said he thinks even Governor-Elect Rick Scott should take offense at that veto being overridden.

Two vetoed bills not on the agenda: The SB 6 teacher tenure package and a bill to require women to view an ultrasound before they can get an abortion. Both were very controversial and opposed by moderate Republicans.

For his part, Crist said most of the planned veto overrides are "not terribly problematic."

The governor's relationship with legislative leaders began to seriously deteriorate when he left the GOP to run without party affiliation in the U.S. Senate race.


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