In honor of former Gov. Reubin Askew, both chambers of the Florida legislature will not hold meetings Wednesday afternoon during a memorial service in Tallahassee.
The House will end committee meetings at 1:30 p.m., resuming with a floor session at 5 p.m. The Senate will not take any meetings between 12:30 and 5 p.m.
Senate President Don Gaetz and House Speaker Will Weatherford plan to attend the service, which starts 2 p.m. at Tallahassee’s First Presbyterian Church. A delegation of Senators and House members, will also attend.
Askew, who died last week at age 85, served as governor from 1971 to 1979 and served for a dozen years in the Legislature before becoming governor.
His body will lie in state at Florida’s Historic Capitol from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday. Burial will be Friday in Pensacola, Askew’s hometown.