Florida Lawmakers Agree on Record Budget

Clint Thompson Cattle, Florida

The Florida Legislative Session was originally scheduled to end today, March 11. But since an agreement had not been reached on the budget by Tuesday, the session will now wrap up on Monday. That is if lawmakers vote to pass the budget they agreed upon on Thursday. House and Senate negotiators finished a record $112 billion budget for the 2022-2023 fiscal year, which now clears the way for a vote to be taken Monday.

Florida Cattlemen’s Association (FCA) Director of Governmental Affairs, Sam Ard, explains why the vote cannot be taken until then.

According to the News Service of Florida, House and Senate negotiators finished reaching agreement Thursday, after negotiators decided to use $3.47 billion in federal stimulus money to cover a wide range of expenses. Lawmakers are expected to debate the proposed budget today in advance of the Monday afternoon vote.

After approval, the budget will go to Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has line-item veto power. The budget will take effect July 1.