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Special Session - Issue 1June 8, 2015
A weekly update during the Florida Legislative Session, highlighting how United Way is working to make our community a better place to live.
Top News: Special Session Begins 
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Senate President Andy Gardiner and House Speaker Steve Crisafulli agreed to call the Legislature to Tallahassee from June 1-20 to resolve their differences and pass a 2015-16 state budget. 

A multitude of funding issues will be addressed during the budget conference process. Besides health care and education, the legislature must resolve tax cuts (Governor Scott wants $600 million, the House has proposed $436 million, and the Senate has not proposed any) and how $1 billion in funding will be spent to implement Amendment 1, the water and land-buying ballot initiative approved by 75 percent of voters last fall.

On Friday, after a 7-hour debate, the House rejected the Senate FHIX bill, effectively ending any consideration of using federal Medicaid expansion funds to cover Florida's uninsured. House and Senate then appointed budget conferees and the conference committees began negotiations on Saturday. As of Sunday afternoon, the two chambers were still not in agreement on some significant issues. Any remaining unresolved issues will be 'bumped up' to Appropriations Chairs Rep. Richard Corcoran and Sen. Tom Lee on Tuesday June 9. The legislature has until June 20 to approve a budget to send to the Governor.

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Last day of the Special Session: June 20

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