(The Center Square) – The Florida Legislature is gearing up for a special session beginning next week on insurance reform, protecting Jews from anti-Semitic attacks and other issues.
Senate President Kathleen Passidomo, R-Naples, and House Speaker Paul Renner, R-Palm Coast, issued a proclamation in late October for the special session, which begins Monday and ends Thursday.
Renner issued a supplemental memorandum stating that several pressing issues need to be addressed by Florida lawmakers, including aid for hurricane victims, efforts to reduce the cost of insurance and additional funding for students with abilities unique.
Additional resources that could be approved by lawmakers could help Floridians affected by Hurricane Idalia, including clearing debris and supporting the agricultural industry. Insurance costs will also be on the agenda as lawmakers aim to ease the financial burden and dedicate resources to address the backlog of applications for the My Safe Florida Home program.
Funding for students with unique abilities could be increased, allowing more students to have the opportunity to access the Family Empowerment Scholarship – a program for students with disabilities.
Florida State’s support for Israel is also on the agenda for the special session. Florida lawmakers want to formally express support for Israel’s existence as a sovereign, independent nation, while upholding its right to defend itself against attacks carried out against it by the Hamas terrorist regime.
Parliament will also seek to implement sanctions against Iran, known for financing terrorist organizations such as Hamas and Hezbollah. Sanctions would include an end to all financial support – direct or indirect – to Iran and any other entity supporting terrorism.
Lawmakers will also consider security measures and funding to help stem anti-Semitic hate crimes and violence against the Jewish community. Jewish day schools will also receive additional resources and infrastructure to improve security.
Gov. Ron DeSantis said in a news release when announcing the special session that he applauds and urges Florida lawmakers to take swift action to increase sanctions against the Iranian regime.
“Following the horrific atrocities committed against Israel by the Iranian-backed terrorist group Hamas, I am calling on the Florida Legislature to act quickly to ensure that our state does not send a dime to the Iranian terrorist state. come together and address this and other issues important to the state,” DeSantis said in the press release.