Speaker Cannon outlining
his expectations for the upcoming Session. His comment and anticipation of NOT spending
as much Floor time as they did last Session is very interesting. That most likely limits debate on issues, and
certainly puts him and the leadership in the drivers seat when deciding what
issues will be successful.
Members, Florida House of Representatives
Dean Cannon, Speaker
December 21, 2011
The early start date for the 2012 Session will have a
collateral impact on the timing and sequence of our work in the House. To
assist you in managing your legislation this Session, I bring to your attention
- We anticipate spending significantly less time on the
Floor, in formal Session, than we did last year. I do not expect any
major Floor action during the first several weeks of Session.
- The policy subcommittees will meet during weeks
one through four of Session. Since the fiscal subcommittees will
spend the first three weeks preparing their recommendations for
the FY 2012-13 state
budget, they will be given additional time during weeks five and six to
consider Member bills. If necessary, additional subcommittee time
will also be allotted in weeks five or six to the Community & Military
Affairs Subcommittee to complete its consideration of local bills, the
Government Operations Subcommittee to complete its public records
exemption reviews, and the Civil Justice Subcommittee for the
consideration of claims bills. The subcommittee agendas for these
additional meetings will be limited to those enumerated topics.
- The policy and fiscal committees of the House
will continue to meet through week seven of Session.
- Please be reminded that regardless of when you file
your bills, referrals are based on content. The more expansive
your bill, the more referrals your bill will likely receive.
Last Session, the House maintained the integrity of its
committee process. We did not withdraw a single House bill from a
subcommittee or committee, and we did not take up a single Senate bill whose
House companion had not reached the House Calendar. It is my
intention to adhere to the same principles for the 2012 Session.
wish all of you Happy Holidays and look forward to working with you when you
return to Tallahassee.
CANNON: ANOTHER RUN AT DEREG BILL COMING
Tuesday. In a pre-session interview, Cannon said the House still regarded the
measure as important and would try to work with the Senate to get the measure
approved. “I think it reflects a basic Republican, conservative premise
that government shouldn’t try to control anything unless it really needs to,
and if the benefit of regulating something outweighs the cost and the potential
unintended consequences,” Cannon said of the measure, which was voted down
in the Senate during the chaotic final day of this year’s session.
President Mike Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island, has already said his chamber will
also consider a deregulation bill. The 2011 proposal died because it was a
budget conforming bill, which some Republican senators thought was an
inappropriate way of ramming that measure and several others through the
process. Cannon also suggested the Legislature might dial back the number of
conforming bills in the face of the complaints, though he also offered a
defense of last year’s spike in the number of bills. “No one should
demonize or consider conforming bills or implementing bills or any part of the
[budget] as particularly negative — it’s, look at the policy,” Cannon