Senator Dennis Jones

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.

A decision to vote against a massive prison privatization effort might have cost one Senator’s son not to get reappointed to a state panel.  Sascha Cordner has more.

Just an hour before a vote came down in the Senate to decide the fate of an effort to privatize about 30 South Florida prisons, Governor Rick Scott asked Republican Senator Dennis Jones to meet with him, in hopes of convincing him to change his vote.