Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos, R- Merritt Island, answers questions about the upcoming session during a press conference, Monday in Tallahassee. [SCOTT KEELER, Times]
Senate President Mike Haridopolos is giving his pre-session press conference now. Here are some quick notes: *Asked if the Senate has its own plan for court reform, Haridopolos says chamber will take a "fresh look" at Cannon's supreme court proposal. *The Senate will not repeal the prescription drug database, a move House Speaker Dean Cannon and Gov. Rick Scott support. *Said no state business was talked about last night during a two-hour private with Gov. Rick Scott. "It was a social meeting," Haridopolos said. "We stayed away from political business." *Cutting unemployment compensation from 26 to 20 weeks, like House and Scott want, is not a "big ticket" item for Haridopolos. *On why two constitutional amendments for 2012 are on fast track for forst week of 2011 session: "I think they're good ideas," Haridopolos said. *Says controversial book is a "three-year old" political story, jokes that he won't talk about his hair anymore. *Praises Cannon for work on Medicaid, anticipates conference committee with Senate proposal. "We can't hesitate another year with Medicaid reform."
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