House Democratic Leader Perry Thurston explains rationale for slowdown

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House Democratic Leader Perry Thurston  explained in a statement why House members were making motions to have bills read in full on the House floor, a move that slowed House proceedings to a crawl and threatened all bills that haven’t yet passed in the session, which is scheduled to end Friday.

“By purposefully slowing deliberations at this critical juncture, I and other House Democratic Caucus members seek to bring greater public attention to our desire for legislative passage of the health coverage expansion plan that the Florida Senate approved earlier today,” said Thurston.

The Senate passed a measure (HB 7169) Tuesday to expand health care coverage using federal dollars, but the House has signaled a lack of interest in passing the Senate bill.

“In addition to the procedural moves that we are taking in the Florida House to draw public attention to the plight of Floridians needing health coverage, I have also urged Gov. Rick Scott to be prepared to call a special session for passage of a health coverage expansion plan and to consider vetoing the state budget,” Thurston said.

Via the News Service of Florida.

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