Legislature's budget landed on desks at 8:35 P.M. Tuesday
It's going to be a very long final day in the 2014 legislative session Friday. Forget that end-of-session happy hour celebration. Or at least postpone it.
The conference report -- the fancy name for the compromise state budget (HB 5001) -- reached all 160 lawmakers' desks at 8:35 p.m. Tuesday, which started the mandatory 72-hour cooling-off period before the budget can be adopted by both chambers.
As a result, the 2014 session cannot end until at least 8:35 p.m. Friday. If things should go awry, the Senate president and House speaker will have to pass an emergency resolution if the session is to go past midnight Friday. Staff Director Joanne Leznoff of the House Appropriations Committee sent out the following email on Tuesday evening.
To: All Legislators, the Governor, Cabinet members, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and Legislative Staff
From: Joanne Leznoff, Staff Director, House Appropriations Committee
Date: Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Subject: Distribution of Conference Committee Report on the General Appropriations Bill -- HB 5001
The Conference Committee report on the General Appropriations Act (HB 5001), the Implementing Bill (HB 5003) for Fiscal Year 2014-2015, the Florida Education Finance Program (FEFP) detail and the Medicaid Hospital Funding Program detail are available at the following links: