An important rule to remember today about the workings of the Florida Legislature

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I spoke with a senior staffer in the Florida House and they reminded me of an important rule to keep in mind today:

The House takes to the floor Monday afternoon and, unless it waives its rules, won’t be taking up any more bills on second reading. House rules state that after the 55th day of session, which was Sunday, no House bills on second reading may be taken up, leaving just those bills already moved to third reading, and bills coming over from the Senate.

In other words, the House has held serve and ball is now in the Senate’s court.

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