What bills passed in legislative session?

231 bills passed both chambers this year


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – It's quiet at the Capitol. The last two days of the legislative session are usually filled with a flurry of last-minute lawmaking. But the House quit Tuesday and the Senate said it doesn't plan on meeting again. Before both chambers left, they did manage to get work done.

The final tally: Just 231 bills passed both chambers this year, the lowest amount in at least the past 15 years.

Maybe the most controversial measure of the year was a 24-hour waiting period for abortions proposal. The bill had feverish opposition outside the chambers but passed easily among lawmakers.

Craft Beer lovers can raise a glass after a multi-year battle to allow a 64 oz. container called a growler was finally approved. The 32 oz. and 128 oz. containers had already been permitted.

"To try to explain to them why we can't fill the 64 oz. but we can do a 32 (oz.) or a gallon was probably the hardest part," said Growler Country Store owner Michael Carbonell.

And quirkier bills pass every year, too. Like the one this year giving about 600 voters in the Panhandle town of Panacea the chance to incorporate.

"We're different, we need to solve this dock, we need to put this into jobs, we can do that," said Panacea resident Ron Crum. "That's why we need to be self government -- self government, that's the issue here."

All 600 Panacea residents, and 20 million other Floridians, will have to sit back and wait for lawmakers to figure out one more thing: a budget.