Florida's 2019 Legislative Session Gets Underway

Florida Capitol

Florida's first legislative session under Governor Ron DeSantis gets underway on Tuesday.

The governor will deliver the State of the State address from the Florida House Chamber at 11 a.m.

The legislature will be busy over the next 60 days. More than 3,000 bills have been filed in both the House and Senate, though the only thing Florida's legislators are required by law to do is pass a budget.

When all is said and done, a majority of the bills that have been filed will die. The state legislature hasn't passed more than 300 bills in more than a decade and fewer than 200 were sent to former Governor Rick Scott last year.

State legislators will also consider Governor Desantis' $91-million budget proposal.

Other issues on the table are school safety, university funding, school voucher programs, medical marijuana and water clean-up.



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