Florida Five: Fla. Senate Dems sue Fla. House, Supreme Court sets deadline to respond

Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips:

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Senate Democrats sue Florida House over abrupt session end– Democrats in the Florida Senate are suing the Florida House over the abrupt end of this year’s annual session. The House adjourned earlier in the week due to a disagreement with the Senate over health care spending and Medicaid expansion. The session was scheduled to end Friday. Democrats want the Florida Supreme Court to order House members back for the final day. Read more

Supreme Court gives the Florida House until 10 a.m. to respond to early exit lawsuit – The Florida Supreme Court has ordered the Florida House to submit a response by 10 a.m. Friday, May 1, to the lawsuit filed today by the Senate Democratic Caucus, accusing the House of violating the constitution. The Senate Democrats will then have a mere 2.5 hours to reply.Here’s the order. The court’s order came just hours after Senate Democrats marched to the Florida Supreme Court with an emergency petition that asks justices to rule on whether the House violated the state Constitution by adjourning Tuesday afternoon. Read more

FL Legislature special session proposed – Florida Senate President Andy Gardiner is offering to hold a June special session to reach a deal on a new state budget. Gardiner on Thursday sent a letter to House Speaker Steve Crisafulli asking for the session. The House abruptly adjourned the regular session earlier in the week due to a disagreement over health care spending and Medicaid expansion. Read more

Florida Democrats unveil text of mailers, robocalls targeting vulnerable House Republicans – As lobbyists and pols alike collect their collective jaws from the floor in the wake of Speaker Steve Crisafulli’s Sine Die adjournment spectacle, the Florida Democratic Party is wasting no time in making political hay out of it. The FDP told SaintPetersBlog that it is hitting vulnerable members of the majority in the GOP-dominated Florida House of Representatives with a targeted campaign of mailers and robocalls, including one aimed at state Rep. Kathleen Peters, who represents the deeply purple District 69 in Pinellas County. Read more

Bill McCollum is, in fact, considering a US Senate run – Republican former Attorney General Bill McCollum confirms that he’s been calling prominent Republicans about possibly running for U.S. Senate. “I certainly have an interest, but I’m just considering it,” said McCollum, 70, who ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate against Bill Nelson in 2000 and in 2010 lost the Republican gubernatorial primary to a wealthy newcomer named Rick Scott. Read more

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