In three weeks, we can breathe a little easier. Our state legislators will have finished their two-month annual meeting in Tallahassee and returned home. They will have passed about 300 of 2,000 proposed bills. It will be a while before we understand what those bills all are about.
When I was still in college, the Legislature met every other year. But budgets got bigger and more complicated even as the state grew rapidly in population. Until 1971, the Legislature argued over and passed a two-year budget. The conservative Democrats in the Florida Panhandle used their experience and entrenched position to thwart the more liberal New Deal Democrats of the Gold Coast from Miami to Palm Beach.
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