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As legislators wait for Gov. Rick Scott, they put a freeze on his priorities

Published May 2, 2013

Legislative eyes are on Gov. Rick Scott on today as he decides whether to sign or veto three high profile bills – on alimony, ethics reform and campaign finance reform.

The House and Senate have noticed. On hold have been several of the govenor's less-spoken about priorities: a bill to ratify a settlement with the insurance industry on Everglades, Senate confirmations of nearly 200 of his appointments, including several of his top agency heads, and a bill to expand tax exemptions for manufacturers.

The Senate is prepared to take up a version of the governor's priority this afternoon – attaching an amendment to SB 7007 -- relating to economic incentives. Because the provision needs a two-thirds vote of the chamber, both sides will need Democrats' help to pass it. Will the House Dems cooperate?

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Once that happens, expect to see the governor's tell us how he's decided on the bills, and the ice could melt on the progress of the other prioirties -- or they may just die.

Speaking of melting, as the House plows forward with its partisan protest and reads every bill in its entirety, the Senate took a break -- for an ice cream social.