FL Legislature Special Session Proposed

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Florida Senate President Andy Gardiner is offering to hold a June special session to reach a deal on a new state budget.

Gardiner on Thursday sent a letter to House Speaker Steve Crisafulli asking for the session.

The House abruptly adjourned the regular session earlier in the week due to a disagreement over health care spending and Medicaid expansion.

The Senate is pushing to expand health care coverage to 800,000 Floridians because of the expected loss of more than $1 billion in federal aid for hospitals.

Gardiner says holding a special session in June will give the state time to hear whether the federal government would approve a new hospital funding proposal.

A spokeswoman for Gardiner, however, said the Senate is not giving up its support for expansion.
Crisafulli in a statement hailed the offer as “progress.” He said he would respond soon.

Gardiner proposed holding the session from June 1-20.