Florida Legislative Session Review

As part of a new series, I will be highlighting the bills which passed the Legislature during the 2007 Regular Legislative Session.

First, let me say that the Legislature passed a total of 345 bills – which is a fairly low number. The average, at least since I started working for the Legislature is around 500. Now, of that total of 345, 61 of them are “local bills” which only affect one county, 4 of them are “memorials” which are formal requests that Congress or the federal government consider some action (such as creating a national catastrophic reserve fund), and 3 of them are “concurrent resolutions” which generally deal with the operation of the Legislature.

Of the remaining 277 bills, there are 13 “claims” bills providing payment to injured victims on behalf of a unit of state or local government, 17 “trust fund” bills which either create new or, for the most part, recreate existing trust funds which are a necessary component of the budget process, and two bills are the General Appropriations Act (budget) and the budget implementing bill.

So, we will be doing our best to provide some analysis of all 245 substantive bills passed by the Florida Legislature this year. We do not guarantee we will review ALL of them, but we are doing our best to ensure most of them are covered.

The process will take several weeks, and the posts will be updated any bills were missed or in the event Governor Crist uses his veto power. Below is the tentative the “editorial calendar” for these reviews. It is possible that some posts could be delayed – but we will do our best to meet this timetable.

Mon May 21: Public Records/Public Meetings
Thu May 24: Education
Tue May 29: Environment, Growth Management, & Natural Resources
Fri Jun 1: Legal System & Public Safety
Mon Jun 4: Veterans/Military Affairs
Wed Jun 6: Elections
Fri Jun 8: Transportation & Economic Development
Mon Jun 11: Health Care
Wed Jun 13: Insurance (excluding property)
Fri Jun 15: Human & Social Services
Mon Jun 18: Gambling & General Government
Mon Jun 25: Property Insurance & Property Taxes (including the special session legislation)
Fri Jun 29: Miscellaneous Bills not included in previous reviews

Of course, in the interim, there will be other posts about issues facing Florida — especially with the special session on property taxes starting June 12, and the “Select Committee” meeting next week and on June 4th.

Thank you for reading, we hope the review will be beneficial.

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