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Speeding through House bills before they die



On the Florida House floor Friday evening, Speaker Dean Cannon repeated the phrase of the day: "Bills are dying."

House leaders have been pushing members to limit their questions on a slew of pending proposals slated to be taken up by the end of the night -- or risk not making it through this legislative session, which ends next Friday.

"This is the last day they have a chance to live," Cannon said earlier Friday. "Bills are dying, that's right."

Replied Rep. Rick Kriseman, D-St. Petersburg, who was asking a series of questions: "Both my bills are dead, so..." (Cue laughter.)

Cannon, sounding like a very smooth auctioneer, has been cutting off lawmakers reading their bills, to more chuckles from the chamber.

[Last modified: Friday, April 29, 2011 6:35pm]


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