Sixty Days — A prime-time read of what’s going down for Florida’s 2018 Legislative Session.

The Last 24

A Senate panel asked lots of questions but didn’t get the answers they wanted as members tried to get a handle on the state’s new $85 million jobs fund.

An ethics committee cleared a bill that would clarify that “local officials can meet and socialize outside of publicly noticed meetings as long as no official business or shop talk takes place.”

The House of Representatives GOP caucus formally named Jose Oliva as the next House Speaker, after Richard Corcoran, for 2018-20.

House leaders unveiled a plan to file a bill for a scholarship program to give students who’ve faced violence and abuse in their school a way out.

Legislation to establish a slavery memorial at the state Capitol passed its first committee.

Gov. Rick Scott and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam met with members of Florida’s congressional delegation to discuss the state’s citrus industry. Florida’s orange crop has reached a 76-year low in production after being crushed by Hurricane Irma.  

House Democratic Leader Janet Cruz of Tampa traveled to Puerto Rico “to deliver 30,000 pounds of much-needed relief supplies, including food, water, and medical necessities.”

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) asked for an additional $29 million in the 2018-19 state budget to build a local office in Pensacola.

Quote of the Day

“A couple of us can’t ‘beard up’ for appropriations.” — Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto at a Senate committee meeting on Wednesday, referring to fellow Sen. Rob Bradley’s joke earlier this week about the reason for his new facial topiary.

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