Florida Legislature kicks off 60-day annual session

Author: Associated Press
Florida governor’s mansion and state capitol building. Credit MGN

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – The 60-day session of the Florida Legislature is officially underway.

House Speaker Steve Crisafulli opened up the session on Tuesday morning. Gov. Rick Scott is scheduled to give his annual “State of the State” speech later in the day.

Legislators are expected to tackle a number of issues over the next several weeks including whether to authorize the creation of two mega casinos in South Florida.

The Legislature is also required to pass an annual budget. Scott has asked for legislators to approve nearly $700 million in tax cuts including a cut in cellphones and cable television taxes.

Lawmakers are also expected to deal with environmental spending, the state’s use of standardized testing and whether to change laws regulating the sale of beer and liquor.

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