Today is the holiday observing Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday, so the Legislature is not in session. Tomorrow, the Florida Legislature will begin their special session to find solutions to Florida’s property insurance crisis.
The tentative schedule for both the House and Senate is to convene and call the session to order tomorrow afternoon, then meet in committee meetings that afternoon and Wednesday morning. Each chamber will then meet in full session Wednesday afternoon. The Senate has noticed that additional meetings will be “as needed,” while the House has established full sessions for Thursday through Saturday.
I fully expect that the House and Senate will pass different bills – mostly because they have introduced different bills. The chambers will agree to disagree and appoint a “conference committee” to work out the differences. To be sure, Legislative leaders have been in discussions for months about these bills – that is the way things work. The conference committee will meet over the weekend and produce an agreed upon version on Monday or Tuesday of next week.
As Otto von Bismark said, “To retain respect for sausages and laws, one must never watch them in the making.”