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Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014

Legislature releases committee meeting plan


— With a November election coming up, the Florida Legislature will compress the time it meets in committee before the yearly legislative session.

Speaker-designate Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, on Friday released a 2015 schedule in which his chamber’s committees will meet on five different weeks and not until after the new year.

A Senate schedule released later the same day followed the same plan.

During the last session, legislative committees met on nine different weeks, starting as early as the week of last Sept. 23, records show.

Every seat in the House is up for election this year, and half the Senate is in play.

Term limits hold Florida senators and representatives to eight years in office.

The new schedule shows that an organizational session is set for Nov. 18 — two weeks after Election Day.

After that, legislative committees won’t meet until 2015, during the weeks of Jan. 5, Jan. 20 (beginning the Tuesday after the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday), Feb. 2, Feb. 9 and Feb. 16.

The 2015 legislative session, which lasts 60 days, will convene on March 3.


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