Florida House Speaker Dean Cannon, R-Winter Park, addresses the legislature (Pic by Mark Foley)

The Florida legislature voted to override Gov. Charlie Crist’s vetoes of eight bills it passed this spring during a special session Tuesday, as a new Republican super-majority asserted the power of the legislative branch.

  • State Rep. Dean Cannon, R-Winter Park, officially became Speaker of the Florida House and blasted the Florida Supreme Court for striking ballot measures proposed by the legislature. Haridopolos became Senate President and vowed not to raise taxes.
  • Cannon later added that he would like to hold a “dialogue” with the judicial branch, which he said had overstepped its authority.
  • Senate Democrats selected the first all-female leadership duo as president and pro tempore of their caucus.
  • In total, 54 freshman members were sworn into both chambers.
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