Senator Steve Oelrich, R-Alachua [Scott Keeler | Times]
Want to know how eager Florida legislators see this session end? Sen. Steve Oelrich hasn't even waited until session is over to hold a lobbyist fundraiser today from 5:30 - 7 p.m. at the offices of one of the largest lobbying firms in the city, Southern Strategies. Download 3-8-2012_Tallahassee_Fundraiser
Oelrich, R-Alachua, is a candidate for Congress in the Central Florida district created by the new congressional map. (The map is being challenge in circuit court.) Although Florida legislators adhere to a self-imposed ban on fundraising during the legislative session, the practice has not been consistently followed by candidates for Congress. Former House Speaker Johnnie Byrd and former Sens. Frederica Wilson and Al Lawson all congressional fundraisers during session. Only Wilson won her bid.
Meanwhile, with the budget complete and PIP reform blowing up, legisalators are just binding their time until they can vote on the budget Friday at 4:22 p.m. and get out of Dodge. After a three and a half hour break, the Florida Senate has started back to work at 2 p.m. while the House remains in recess until 4 p.m. as it await the Senate to send it some bills.