Florida Legislators Kick Off Annual Session

By: Associated Press News Email
By: Associated Press News Email

Associated Press News Release

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida legislators are starting their annual 60-day session.

House Speaker Will Weatherford opened the session on Tuesday morning. Gov. Rick Scott is expected to give his annual "State of the State" speech later in the day.

Legislators plan to debate everything from guns to gambling. There are also legislative proposals to raise highway speed limits, let grocery stores sell liquor, and end the use of red-light cameras.

Weatherford and Senate President Don Gaetz want to expand the use of private school vouchers and place restrictions on the type of retirement benefits available to future public employees. The Florida Legislature is also expected to go along with Scott's plan to cut taxes and fees by more than $500 million.

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