Some terms of (political) art
Ten terms that are part of the vernacular of the Florida Legislature:
Fourth floor: Capitol home of House and Senate chambers, legislative leaders' offices and Rotunda where lobbyists gather.
Proviso: Legislative direction, usually to the governor and agencies, on how money is to be spent.
Sine Die: A Latin phrase meaning "without day," and pronounced SEE-nay DEE-ay. Used to describe a session's adjournment.
Strike-all: Often controversial, a bill that has been completely rewritten after striking the original language.
Taking a walk: A brief disappearance by a legislator to avoid casting a difficult or controversial vote.
Term limits: Voter-approved constitutional amendment that limits lawmakers' tenure to eight years in the same office.
TP: Temporarily passed or postponed, action taken when a bill is deferred, often when members don't have enough votes.
Train: A series of related bills linked together in one large package, often released in the last days of a legislative session.
Trust funds: Budget accounts supported by specific taxes or user fees to pay for related programs.
Turkey: A parochial hometown project championed by a legislator but paid for by all Florida taxpayers; the Florida version of pork-barrel spending or earmarks.
Steve Bousquet, Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau