President Office — Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 15, 2015
President Gardiner and Speaker Crisafulli Reach Agreement on Call for Special Session
Today, Senate President Andy Gardiner (R-Orlando) and House Speaker Steve Crisafulli (R-Merritt Island) reached agreement on the joint proclamation for the June 1 – 20 Special Session to complete the Legislature’s work on a balanced budget.
The proclamation includes the budget and conforming bills which were poised for conference during the 2015 Regular Legislative Session. Also included in the call are health care reform legislative priorities and tax relief. At this time, budget allocations have not been agreed to by the President and the Speaker, but will be reached before the beginning of Special Session on June 1, 2015.
“Florida will have a balanced budget by June 30,” said President Gardiner. “Narrowing the set of issues to those outlined in today’s proclamation enables us to focus on the critical work before us and to meet our constitutional obligation in the open and transparent manner the people of Florida expect.”
“I’d like to thank President Gardiner for his partnership in developing the scope of our work during the upcoming Special Session,” said Speaker Crisafulli. “Today is an important milestone. Although we differ on policy approaches regarding health care, the House welcomes the opportunity to have a vigorous debate over the issue. We look forward to working with our Senate partners to craft a balanced budget that supports our schools, our environment and provides tax relief to Florida’s hard-working families.”
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