Brandes in 2011, when he was a freshman member of the Florida House.Wikimedia Commons/Florida House of RepresentativesThis week, the legislature is spending part of its special session weighing a medical marijuana implementation bill that caters more to the people who mistakenly think cannabis is somehow worse than totally legal opioids.
"Nothing in this section shall require any accommodation of any on-site medical use of marijuana in any correctional institution or detention facility or place of education or employment, or of smoking medical marijuana in any public place", the amendment, approved by more than 71 percent of voters in November, reads.
The wide-ranging agreement reached in secret Friday had a new element. Legislators failed to pass any legislation during their regular session that ended in early May.
The repairs to the dike are vital to prevent the runoff of polluted water from the lake into nearby waterways that lead to green algae growth that befouls waterways and threatens marine life.
Instead, Scott last Friday vetoed the main account that pays for day-to-day school operations and asked legislators to return and pump in enough money to raise the amount that goes to each public school student by $100 more a year - or about $215 million.
Senate leaders, however, said they also wanted to restore millions in money for university projects that Scott vetoed.
"If we are going to treat this as a drug and this drug is a medicine, it needs to be administered in a form that will not cause further harm for patients", said Sen. Next fiscal year's budget for now contains an increase of $24.49 per student.
Under the deal reached Friday, lawmakers put $50 million into jump-starting the repairs to the dike.
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"The Legislature is kind of like a WWF match, sometimes", said Sen. The House passed it 108-9 before the Senate voted 29-6.
Bradley's legislation will be filed Wednesday afternoon, the first day of the three-day special session. State lawmakers are already in Tallahassee to sort out the Governor's economic development programs and possibly raise per pupil education spending in the state.
The original budget passed by lawmakers contained just $25 million for Visit Florida and $16 million for Enterprise Florida.
Negron wants the House to override Scott's vetoes of money for several college building projects, but Corcoran has rejected the possibility.
Medical marijuana legislation has emerged as possibly the only issue garnering compromise during this tumultuous special session.
"My goal is $85 million for Enterprise Florida, which will be used for infrastructure and through workforce training", said Scott. That was a priority of Senate Appropriations Chairman Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater.
In addition, the House will accept a Senate proposal on tourism that allows small -county tourism organizations to use local bed tax revenue as matching money to draw state tourism dollars.
Three months after Scott toured Florida to bash Republicans for voting against his agenda, he is ready to hit the road again.
Critics also said the bill would offset benefits of the extra funding approved during the special session.