TALLAHASSEE -- Sen. Larcenia Bullard is heading to Tallahassee with 34 bills to pass and a tank of oxygen to breathe.
In the past year, the Democrat has endured a bevy of heart problems -- three treatments for congestive heart failure and two cardiac arrests.
Her health prevented her from attending a special legislative session in December and committee meetings last fall and this year. As a result, questions have arisen over whether she'd be well enough to represent her district during 60 days of stressful political rancor in the Capitol.
Bullard, 62, says yes. But there'll be fewer socials, fewer dinners and maybe even fewer of her infamously colorful speeches. It's not just about protecting her pet projects this year, she said. It's about preserving her health.