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Four state legislators have received excused absences from the three-day special session that begins today. An additional five House members will also be excused for missing a day or two of the session.
Sen. Dorothy Hukill, a Port Orange Republican who is recovering from cancer treatment, will not attend the session, according to Senate President Joe Negron’s office. Hukill was absent from the 2017 regular session, with Senate leaders saying they are optimistic about her ultimate recovery.
Senators said Hukill, the chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Finance and Tax, has kept in touch with the process and has offered her insights on legislation. Last month, when Gov. Rick Scott approved a tax-cutting package passed by the Legislature, Hukill tweeted her support, highlighting the cut in the state tax on commercial leases.
The three House members who will miss special session include Republican Reps. Jennifer Sullivan of Mount Dora, Alex Miller of Sarasota and Mike Miller of Orlando, according to the House Speaker Richard Corcoran’s office.
Sullivan will be attending her brother’s wedding in Arkansas and Mike Miller will be out of the country.
Alex Miller is listed as having unspecified surgery.
Other members with partial excused absences include Fort Lauderdale Republican George Moraitis, who will miss the first day of the session as he is expected to arrive late from a family vacation in Hawaii.
Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, a Democrat from Orlando, has been approved to miss the first two days of the session while he attends events marking the one-year anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting.
Reps. Larry Lee, D-Port St. Lucie; Cary Pigman, R-Avon Park; and Scott Plakon, R-Longwood, are expected to miss all or part of the final scheduled day of the session.
Plakon has advised House leadership he has previous commitments and Lee said he will be attending an annual community event.
Pigman, noting he will a late morning arrival on Friday, didn’t state a reason.
— Posted by Lloyd Dunkelberger and Jim Turner