Charlie Crist may have already lost his bid for the U.S Senate, but chances are he's about to be rejected *again* - this time by a newly-emboldened Republican majority.
Today (11-4-2010) incoming House Speaker Dean Cannon and incoming Senate President Mike Haridopolos, unveiled a list of bills, all of them vetoed by Crist, they want to revive. Republicans now have the votes to override those vetoes, and they plan to do so in a special session on Tuesday, November,16.
One of the bills is a 9.7-million dollar appropriation that would have gone to the University of Florida's Shands Hospital. The governor vetoed that funding, arguing the hospital would have gotten preferential treatment.
Cannon's calling the veto unconscionable, and he says the session isn't aimed at taking a political jab at Crist.
Rep. Dean Cannon,(R) incoming House Speaker, says, "I think that's non-sensical. I think when the governor vetoed...the Shands veto is the best example, depriving health care money to poor-end children doesn't seem to be something that people would want us to hesitate on."
The two top lawmakers also plan to take a look at a federally-funded air conditioner rebate program. About two-thousand floridians who have bought energy-friendly units have applied for the rebates, but they've been rejected because the legislature hasn't made the money available.
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