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It’s About Florida: 2016 Legislative Session Recap

Florida’s 2016 legislative session has come to a close. Lawmakers adjourned Sine Die last week after passing an $82-billion budget. Last year the House left the session early and lawmakers were forced to return to Tallahassee for a special session to complete the budget. In contrast, many would say this year’s session went off without a hitch—though probably not the governor. While House and Senate leaders saw some of their priorities pass early in the session, many of Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s priorities, including $250-million in economic incentives, didn’t pass the legislature. Lawmakers also failed to ratify a gambling agreement the governor negotiated with the Seminole Indian Tribe. We’ll talk about which bills passed and which bills died, Scott’s reaction to the session, and what comes next.