BY MARY ELLEN KLAS, MIAMI HERALD/TIMES
TALLAHASSEE — TALLAHASSEE In the next 30 days, Florida lawmakers are poised to make it easier for insurance companies to raise rates, make it more difficult for women to receive an abortion and hand over control of prisons to private companies.
These are just a few of the proposals the Republican-led Legislature is pushing in the final weeks of their 60-day session. Others include dramatically changing the way the state handles Medicaid, state pensions, courts, growth and the environment.
The proposals are detailed, sweeping, and encompass many conservative issues that legislators have resisted enacting in the past. And they are moving forward for one reason: They have the votes. With a veto-proof majority, a hard-right conservative governor, and a determination to seize the moment in a non-election year, legislative leaders have packed the agenda â€” and Democrats are powerless to stop them.
â€œYouâ€™ve got a very conservative governor, president, and speaker, so theyâ€™ve gone down some roads that people have kind of been afraid to go down before,â€™â€™ said Sen. Mike Bennett, R-Bradenton.
The governor has already signed major legislation to change the way teachers are paid and to reduce compensation for the unemployed, and the Legislature has overridden seven vetoes of former Gov. Charlie Crist.
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