Today's news -- June 2, 2017




Scott, Legislature agree to hold special session next week

Gov. Rick Scott and legislative leaders have struck a deal on a three-day special session of the Legislature, tentatively set for June 7-9 in Tallahassee. The session will include proposed legislation dealing with public education, Enterprise Florida, VISIT Florida and medical marijuana, according to a Capitol source. The surprise announcement comes as Scott is preparing his veto message on the new $82.4 billion state budget. The joint announcement signals the strong possibility of a broad-based deal involving the priorities of the governor and House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O'Lakes, who have clashed for several months over the future of Enterprise Florida and VISIT Florida -- Scott's two pillars of job creation and tourism promotion that Corcoran has decried as wasteful and inefficient. In addition, Corcoran's staff has been talking with Scott's advisers over how to find a middle ground that would include Scott's signing HB 7069, a sweeping education policy bill and a Corcoran priority that surfaced with only a few days left in the session. Scott, Corcoran and Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, scheduled the announcement for 10 a.m. today at Terminal F at Miami International Airport.


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