WUSF Legislative Update: 2011 Session Begins

Tensions are higher than they've been in years in Tallahassee as the Florida Legislature begins its 60-day regular session, according to Miami Herald/St. Petersburg Times bureau chief Mary Ellen Klas.


She said a fairly conservative agenda is moving quickly early this session such as bills to:


- Change rules for merit pay and teacher tenure (SB 736)

- Restrict unemployment benefits for workers

- Put to voters a constitutional amendment designed to nullify the federal healthcare overhaul


She says on the surface, lawmakers are talking about making big cuts to government, but there's still quiet disagreement about just how deep and how far to cut state services.


Our Session 2011 coverage is collaboration between WUSF and WLRN-Miami Herald news. To listen, visit the WUSF Session 2011 website.