Lawmakers wrapped up on-time a little after 7:00 Friday night. Everyone seems to be pleased with the work that's been accomplished. Applause rang out through the state capitol just after the legislative session ended, where Governor Rick Scott declared victory.
Senate President Don Gaetz of Niceville says this session is the beginning of a new era. "The age of acrimony between the House and Senate is over ."
Signs hung reminding lawmakers about major bills that were passed. The lone bill on that list that wasn't approved was reforming Florida's retirement system.
Now that session is over, many lawmakers say they are happy with the outcome, but know there is still a lot of work to be done. That work includes the Medicaid bill- and the highly anticipated stadium bill which was killed before making its way back to the House floor Friday afternoon.
House Speaker Rep. Will Weatherford told reporters, "I don't think anybody would block the bill from coming through. I think at the end of the day some bills pass and some bills die before the end of session."
Even though some bills didn't pass, the largest budget in state history did. There's almost $2 billion for school, teacher raises and money to lure more jobs to the sunshine state.
Rep. Kathleen M. Peters, (R) Pinellas Co. said cooperation was the key. "I think we had a good session, we stayed focus, we worked together."
Lawmakers could be back in the fall for the Medicaid expansion they left undone.