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Special Session Dragging On

October 25th, 2007 by Mike Vasilinda

empty-cap-hall.jpg The hallways of the state capitol were mostly empty today, even though state lawmakers are nearing the end of a special session to cut property taxes. The plan is in trouble because there are fears it will take too much money from education. The state Senate is expected to decide if it will even return to Tallahassee before the session is set to end Monday at Midnight. The deadline to have an amendment on the January 29th ballot is Tuesday night, so the Secretary of State is making preparations to accept what ever the legislature may pass in the final hours.

“Well, nothing happens at five oclock Tuesday. We will be available until 11:59 on Tuesday night, which is the 91st day prior to the January 29th primary,” Secretary of State Kurt Browning said. “The constitution says that any issues that are going to be placed on that ballot have to be on file with the state record keeper, which is the secretary of State, at least or more than 90 days before the election. The 90th day is the 31st, so we are backing it up to the first to give you that 91st day.”

Governor Charlie Crist spend most of the day behind closed doors working the phones. His Chief of Staff was meeting with legislative staff. Neither side is willing to say it is too late yet for something to happen.

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