NIGHT OF CUPS
With only one week left until the scheduled adjournment, it's unclear whether the 2019 General Assembly will be able to complete its work by then. At this time of year the rumors really start to fly making it difficult to determine what’s reality and what’s political misdirection.
The majority of the conversation in the statehouse this week focused on the money bills, paid family leave, minimum wage, the abortion rights bill, the 24 hour waiting period for handguns and the cannabis tax and regulate bill. These issues have been high profile throughout the 2019 session. There has been ongoing speculation there is a deal in the works that would ensure the paid family leave and minimum wage bills will be signed into law by Governor Scott. But, with a week or more to go in the session it's unclear whether such a deal will be finalized.
There are also rumors swirling that early next week there will be an announcement that the revenue projections for the state are very positive. What impact this has on the last week of the legislative session is dependent upon how good the numbers are. The new revenue could alter how the governor and legislators view some of the taxes that have already been passed by the House and the Senate and whether or not they remain necessary.
One thing does seem clear, if all the above mentioned bills are going to pass this year, it's unlikely the legislative session will actually adjourn by May 18.