House will be counting on Bovo -- and bodies -- in veto override
Expect Rep. Steve Bovo, R-Hialeah, to announce his resignation from the legislature to run for the Miami Dade County Commission after the Florida House votes on the veto override of the leadership funds bill this week.
The House is expected to override Gov. Charlie Crist's veto on Thursday morning, with the Senate to follow in the afternoon. While Republicans in the House have the votes, the two-thirds needed to override a veto depends on the number of members in the chamber at the time. So the votes are going to have to be carefully watched -- as in monitoring who takes bathroom breaks -- and Republican leaders don't want to take any chances that they'll be a member short. Watch Bovo to make his expected announcement on Friday, or when the deed is done.
For what its worth, HB 1207 not only revives the political funds controlled by the presiding officers of the House and Senate, it strengthens the hand of legislators against the governor in 2012 when all lawmakers will be running in newly-drawn districts. With leadership funds, the presiding officers won't have to get Gov. Rick Scott, and his cohorts at the party, to agree to stash their money in specially-designated House and Senate silos, as is now the practice. They'll be able to bypass the party.