Charlotte, Florida — The Florida legislative session is over. Anyone following the Legislature knows it finished on time with the House and Senate working remarkably well together.
The Legislature agreed on an $82 billion budget that increased education funding by one percent. It returned $400 million in tax cuts, far short of the $1 billion Gov. Rick Scott wanted. It denied Gov. Scott his $250 million request for incentive funding to offer corporations to lure them to Florida. And it still failed to fund Amendment One as 75 percent of voters demanded.
Controversial bills on social issues received a lot of media attention and social media buzz. The bills on abortion, alimony, cohabitation, medical marijuana, death penalties and pastor protection all passed.