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.