House Speaker Steve Crisafulli called it a “very good day” after the House and Senate were able to agree on the first step in the budget special session: the dates.
“While significant discussions lay before us, today marks a very good day for Florida as we have reached agreement on dates for a budget Special Session,” Crisafulli said in a press release. “We look forward to working with our partners in the Senate as we make continued progress in the weeks ahead.
The House and Senate Wednesday afternoon released a tentative schedule for Special Session, which has the Legislature meeting from June 1-20.
A proclamation will be released “in the near future,” communications from the House and Senate show.
The Special Session announcement comes on the heels of Gov. Rick Scott‘s meeting with Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell on Wednesday. The two met to discuss the Low Income Pool and Florida’s request to receive $2.2 billion in federal funding.
According to a press release issued by Burwell’s department, the secretary told Scott Florida’s request for $2.2 billion was too high. She also advised Scott that HHS would continue to engage with Florida on its LIP request.