Florida Gov. DeSantis floats possibility of more special legislative sessions

'We may even end up doing one or two in January, February potentially,' he said.

A view from inside the Florida Capitol rotunda.

A view from inside the Florida Capitol rotunda. Photo by Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images

With lawmakers already expected to hold a special session next month, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday said he’s working on a “robust” agenda with legislative leaders that could mean more special sessions in advance of the 2023 regular session.

“We may even end up doing one or two in January, February potentially,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said during an appearance at Fort Walton Beach High School.

“We’re talking with the legislators, seeing what’s there. But I think we’re going to have a very robust agenda. And I think people will be very pleased with the additional points we’re able to put on the board.” He did not provide details about issues that could be addressed.

A request for comment is pending with a spokesperson for incoming House Speaker Paul Renner of Palm Coast. The regular session starts March 7.

Spokesperson Katie Betta told City & State that Senate President-designate Kathleen Passidomo of Naples "has discussed with the governor options for addressing issues that are more time sensitive prior to the start of the regular session in March. She wants to make the most out of the time senators are in Tallahassee for interim committee weeks." She did not offer specifics of the conversation. 

Lawmakers will be in Tallahassee for committee meetings during seven weeks leading up to the 2023 regular session. The meetings will be:

  • Dec. 12 to Dec. 16.
  • Jan. 3 to Jan. 6.
  • Jan. 17 to Jan. 20.
  • Jan. 23 to Jan. 27.
  • Feb. 6 to Feb. 10.
  • Feb. 13 to Feb. 17. 
  • Feb. 20 to Feb. 24.

The special session next month is expected to include providing property-tax relief to people affected by Hurricane Ian and addressing property-insurance issues. DeSantis said dates are still being finalized. 

City & State Florida editor Jim Rosica contributed reporting. This is a free News Service of Florida story for City & State Florida readers. For more of the most comprehensive and in-depth political and policy news, consider a subscription, beginning with a 10-day free trial. Click here to sign up!

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