Florida legislative session reaches day 50

It is Super Tuesday! That means that this day is a unique day where several states vote for the primary election. Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont and Virginia will hold contests for both Republicans and Democrats. Republicans in Alaska will hold caucuses.

Democrats in Colorado will hold their caucuses as well. Finally, Democrats in American Samoa are also holding their nominating contest.

Tallahassee resident Tisa Clemons is patiently waitsing for Florida's voting day. Even though she openly stated she has not chosen a presidential candidate yet, she said she’s still deciding.

“I am still deciding one who I will support, this is a tough race and a tough decision for me to make,” Clemons said.  

Along with primary elections making their rounds across the country, Florida lawmakers are currently in their final stages.

Tuesday marks day 50 of the 60-day legislative session. On today’s agenda there are 44 bills on the agenda and appropriations committee has 29 bills on its agenda.

State Surgeon General John Armstrong faces confirmation and is expected for a not so nice welcoming by the senate committee. Tuesday will be Armstrong’s last chance to win confirmation through the Florida senate. 

Florida Senate intern Windall McGahee is excited that it is session time in Florida.

“I love the fast pace energy that goes on during session. It makes me proud to intern and hopefully work in the senate one day,” McGahee said.

A recent act making a lot of commotion on the house floor is the Pastor Protection Act. The legislation would prevent clergy members from having to perform same-sex marriages.

Tallahassee resident Alex Smalls, who is open about his homosexuality, is upset and hurt that the state can not support same-sex marriages.

“Love is Love! We live in a new generation with new ways of living and law makers should understand and respect that,” Smalls said.

Senate Appropriations Committee will also be considering a bill that would make sweeping changes to gambling laws in the state.

The Senate is also reviewing the end or permanent alimony and fracking.

Volunteers of Florida will be accepting donated suits to be given to the less fortunate to prepare them for the employment world. Those that have suits and would like to donate can drop them off at the Office of the Florida Senate.