Sen. Bill Galvano, the Bradenton Republican who is slated to become the next Senate president after the 2018 elections, said he would cancel a major California fundraiser if the three-day special session slated to wrap up Friday spills into next week.The Florida Senate Republican Senatorial Committee has scheduled a two-day fundraising event beginning Monday at the Torrey Pines golf course near San Diego. The course, which hosts an annual PGA tournament, was the site of the 2008 U.S. Open won by Tiger Woods.
The House and Senate — at odds over a variety of issues tucked into the special session ordered by Gov. Rick Scott — need to pass a $20 billion public school budget this month, or Florida’s 67 school districts will not have a budget on July 1.
If the session concludes on time Friday, it won’t be a problem. But if somehow lawmakers must remain in Tallahassee, Galvano said: “The work of the people is going to come first.”
He said he had to “pull the plug” on a major fundraising event in Sarasota several years ago because of a similar conflict.
Galvano said the special session is also forcing him to skip his duties as president of the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States, which is meeting in Denver this week.
“They’re meeting as I’m standing right here,” said Galvano yesterday.
— Posted by Lloyd Dunkelberger