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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  • by Docker Location: Tallahassee on Nov 16, 2010 at 09:20 AM
    Alice,you need to chek with Obummer. He says there is no inflation.
  • by Tistheseason Location: Tally on Nov 16, 2010 at 06:32 AM
    Speaking of wasting taxpayers money. A large number of our state payroll will be spent christmas shopping online this year. And they have the audacity to complain about pay. An audit of temporary internet files on the average state employees workstation would be very eye opening to those of us that work in environments that expect productivity from our workforce. Perhaps if you have time to surf, you really don't have enough work to do.
  • by Richard the Lionheart on Nov 16, 2010 at 06:26 AM
    Down ye decrepit beasts of burden!!! Stay in your place, the Royals have business to attend to. Be thankful you have cake!!!
  • by Alice Location: crawfordville on Nov 16, 2010 at 06:08 AM
    about a pay cost of living wage for state employees?? working with a 5uyrs old paycheck while this republican party wastes my monies and still does nothing
  • by Chris Location: Tally on Nov 16, 2010 at 04:11 AM
    All this special session amounts to is the Republican party wasting our tax dollars in order to thumb their nose at Gov Crist. With the economy as it is today the last thing we need is more wasteful government spending.
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