Senate passes budget at session's halfway point

Session reached its scheduled halfway point this week, with the Senate passing its version of the budget.

Following passage, the budget now heads to the conference process where differences between the Senate’s budget and the House of Representatives’ budget are worked out between the two chambers.

The budget is the only bill the Florida Legislature is constitutionally required to pass each year.

In addition to work on the budget, I was also pleased to have passed several of my bills through their respective committees of reference, including passing Senate Bill 1024, Relating to Off-Highway Vehicles, through its final committee of reference. The bill now heads to the Floor for passage.

Additional bills which passed this week included the Springs Protection Act, along with four other bills relating to assisting homeowners, protecting medical researchers, assessments on farms, and domestic violence protections.

It was also great to be visited by so many citizens from the district this week, including mayors, teachers, and student government leaders. Your visits and input are extremely valuable to me.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if I may ever be of service to you. It is my honor to serve you in Tallahassee.

Sen. Charles S. Dean