There will be two “interim committee weeks” in November, the week of November 6th and the week of November 13th. Interim Committee weeks are held in advance of the 60-day regular session beginning on January 9th, 2018. The November Interim Committee weeks will continue the legislative work of hearing bills, adding amendments and if reported favorably, moving the bill to the next committee of reference. There have been over 650 bills filed so far for the 2018 session.
Also, November legislative committee weeks will continue the work of preparing the next fiscal year budget for 2018-19. September began the first step in creating the state budget with the Long Range Financial Outlook. As we reported last month, the Long Range Financial Outlook showed leaner times for the next few years, especially with the money that will be needed to be allocated for the extensive damage by Hurricane Irma. Education and Medicaid are two of the biggest cost drivers in the budget. With more students moving to Florida every-day and the continual increase in those on Medicaid, will put more stress on balancing the budget. Education and Medicaid make up 60% of the budget. [Read more…] about What to expect in November for the 2018 Legislative Session