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Senate Dems sue House in Florida Supreme Court for early sine die

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Senate Democrats have filed an emergency petition with the Florida Supreme Court asking the justices to deliver an expedited ruling on whether the House of Representatives violated the state Constitution when they abruptly adjourned on Tuesday.

Minority Leader Arthenia Joyner and members of the Democratic Caucus walked from the Senate Office Building at the Capitol to the Supreme Court.

The suit was filed by Democratic members  Joyner, Oscar Braynon, Joseph Abruzzo, Maria Sachs, Darren Soto, Christopher Smith, Geraldine Thompson, Jeff Clemens, Dwight Bullard, Eleanor Sobel, Bill Montford, Audrey Gibson, and Jeremy Ring.

Here is a link to their suit.

The Florida Constitution makes clear that “[n]either house shall adjourn for more than seventy-two consecutive hours except pursuant to concurrent resolution.”

The Democrats argue in their suit that the House violated the Constitution when they adjourned April 28 at 1:15 p.m because the 2015 legislative session was scheduled to continue until midnight on May 1, 2015.

Filed 04-30-2015 Joyner -V-House

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