Sen. Don Gaetz

FL House shortly before adjournment.
Nick Evans

The Florida Legislature has passed its budget and gone home.  But the manner in which lawmakers closed out this year’s session raises a number of questions about process, special session, and the veto pen.

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Florida parents, students, teachers, administrators and most importantly lawmakers—appear fed up with the Florida Standards Assessment. The exam has mostly replaced the FCAT as the state’s public school test. But  a proposal to give districts an option of whether to administer the FSA or an alternative, is catching heat from anti-testing organizations.

A Senate Panel Tuesday approved a bill allowing concealed weapon permit holders to openly carry their guns. But with a couple of powerful special interest groups still up in the air, the proposal's future could be in doubt.

Nick Evans

Florida House and Senate leaders are bragging about a $635 million surplus in the coming year.  The outlook might not be quite as rosy as it looks.