A special election to replace a Miami-Dade County legislator who resigned last week will be held next spring, leaving Florida Democrats short a member during the entirety of the upcoming lawmaking session.
On Thursday, Gov. Rick Scott scheduled the special House District 114 primary for Feb. 20 and the special general election for May 1. The 60-day legislative session begins Jan. 9.
Democrats will be left with only 40 members in the 120-member chamber. Republicans are on the verge of a super majority able to override the governor and give little heed to Democratic requests. Scott was under no obligation to set the election before session.
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