With the close of the 2015 legislative session May 1, came an agenda which lay in glowing embers, barely-ignited coals, and dying ashes. It marked the first time in Florida’s modern history that one chamber shut down and went home on a different day than the other in a regular session. Adjournment records go back only to 1971. A Special Session has been called, to begin the first week in June. Because this upcoming special session must address the budget, it will touch on many issues that are tied to state funding. That should make it more of a mini-regular session than a special session. The rancor that still exists between House and Senate requires repair before progress can be made. Join our panel of political experts as they help us navigate this smoldering, hot issue.
Rosemary O’Hara, Sun-Sentinel
Rosemary O’Hara is the editorial page editor of the Sun Sentinel. A University of Florida graduate, she has worked at several newspapers, including the Miami Herald, Cincinnati Enquirer and Tampa Tribune, where she also was editorial page editor. She is a director of Association of Opinion Journalists and a four-time juror of the Pulitzer Prizes.
Mitch Ceasar, Chairman, Broward Democratic Party
Mitch Ceasar, a practicing attorney, is the Chairman of the Broward Democratic Party and also serves on the Executive Board of the Democratic National Committee, representing the fourteen southern states
Christopher Moya, Jones Walker LLP
Christopher Moya heads the firm’s Government Relations Practice Group in the Tallahassee and Miami offices. Mr. Moya has served at all levels of legislative, executive and local government branches including stints with the Mayor of Miami-Dade County, the Florida Legislature and the Florida Division of Elections
MODERATOR: Ed J. Pozzuoli, Tripp Scott
Ed J. Pozzuoli is the president of Florida-based law firm Tripp Scott. He was the co-chairman of Jeb Bush for Governor (Broward). Pozzuoli is former Chairman of the Republican Party in Broward County and a top fundraiser for former Republican Gov. Jeb Bush.
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