TALLAHASSEE — It's the shortest week of the legislative session by far, but lawmakers today will try to make up for lost time.
Both the House and Senate will advance their budget proposals in their respective committees: two House councils headed by Miami Republicans Marcelo Llorente and David Rivera and the Senate Ways and Means Committee headed by Sen. J.D. Alexander, R-Winter Haven. Passage of a state budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 is the only task that is required of legislators by the Florida Constitution.
With the budgets rolling forward, the Florida Education Association, a teachers union, will discuss the importance of education funding at a 10 a.m. news conference and will release new polling data on how Floridians feel about state support for public schools.
The legislative week will end Tuesday evening so members can return home for the Passover and Easter holidays. The session will resume Monday.
The House and Senate also will meet in an unusual joint session at 11 a.m. to hear from former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.
The first woman to serve on the Supreme Court, O'Connor is now chancellor of the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., and is expected to speak on the importance of civic education in American society.
Information from the News Service of Florida was used in this report.