A battle over Medicaid expansion led the Florida House to adjourn the session three days early on Tuesday, leaving hundreds of bills dead for now including $690 million in tax cuts, a priority of Gov. Rick Scott.
House Speaker Steve Crisafulli said the House will return when the Senate was ready to negotiate their budget differences but it was unclear when that would occur. They will have to come back in a special session to complete the state budget by the June 30 deadline.
Crisafulli echoed Senate budget chief Tom Lee who said Monday: "There's no possible hope for getting done at this time."
The Senate agreed to remain in session, sending bills symbolically to the House where they will die.
The House opposed the expansion of the health care program for the poor while the Senate advocated for a version of it, creating a major rift between the two GOP-dominated chambers. Scott, once a supporter of Medicaid expansion, opposed it this session and threatened to sue the federal government over it. (He officially announced that he filed the suit Tuesday afternoon.)
The federal government is offering billions if Florida expands Medicaid, paying 100 percent of the expansion at first and gradually downshifting to 90 percent in later years. The program currently eats up a sizable portion of the state budget.
While there was a long list of hot issues this session -- including whether to allow guns on college campuses and K-12 schools and a proposal for online voter registration -- in the end the feud over Medicaid was what brought the Legislature screeching to a halt.
Here’s a look back at some of our claims related to Medicaid expansion from PolitiFact Florida.