The most controversial piece of environmental legislation to bounce between chambers during the Florida Legislature’s just-ended 2022 session has trickled onto the desk of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. The proposed law, which was under consideration by DeSantis on Wednesday, started out as a yet-another power struggle for control over Lake Okeechobee’s water between agriculture users and Everglades restorationists.
Florida’s annual legislative session wrapped up Monday with lawmakers approving a $112.1 billion budget. The session was largely dominated by contentious culture-war issues and legislators passed many of Governor Ron DeSantis’ priority bills. Other issues including Florida’s struggling property insurance market and the redrawing of the state’s Congressional district boundaries remain unresolved, and could signal a possible special session. We’ll get insight and analysis from a panel of Florida political science experts.