Florida Democrat's qualified immunity bill to be pre-filed, likely forgotten
Added 11-13-20 08:23:02pm EST - “With newly elected lawmakers joining incumbents in Tallahassee to be sworn into the Florida Legislature on Tuesday, pre-filed bills soon will pile up for the 60-day legislative session that begins March 2.” - Washingtonexaminer.com
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With newly elected lawmakers joining incumbents in Tallahassee to be sworn into the Florida Legislature on Tuesday, pre-filed bills soon will pile up for the 60-day legislative session that begins March 2.
After flipping five House seats in the Nov. 3 election, Republicans head into the 2021 legislative session with a 78-42 chamber advantage and hold a 24-16 Senate majority after GOP challenger Ileana Garcia was declared the winner Thursday against Democratic incumbent José Javier Rodríguez in their Senate District 37 race.
Republican priorities, therefore, will be the focus in getting pre-filed bills before committees and onto chamber floors when the session begins, with little time for bills filed by Democrats unless they can garner GOP support.
Although pre-filing for the 2021 session began Aug. 1, no proposed House bills had been posted by Thursday and nine Senate bills had been filed. All are “relief” bills seeking payment awarded plaintiffs in lawsuits against the state.
For outnumbered Democrats, the pre-filing period provides an opportunity to tout bills that won’t get the time of day from Republican committee chairs during the session.
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