Inter-Party Fighting Predicted for 2012 Fla. Legislative Session

If you think Tallahassee's dysfunctional now, get ready for 2012. A year when even House Speaker Dean Cannon admits, the best of ideas may fall victim to a ticking clock.

"It's an election year, we've got a bad budget year, we've got know, the bandwidth of the possible will narrow substantially," he said.

All to make way for the legislature's main task - drafting new political district boundaries for the coming decade.

New voter-mandated guidelines could make it tough for republicans to hold on to their overwhelming majority. House democratic leader Ron Saunders is predicting GOP infighting.

"There's going to be a lot more upset republican members than upset democratic members because they pretty much have bottomed us out," he said. "You know, it's going to be hard to draw a map for the democratic party any worse than the current maps."

Mapmaking may not be the only divisive issue. It's a good bet bills to bring resort casinos to Florida could be headed for a turbulent time, but Senate President Mike Haridopolos is making it clear the idea ought to get a fair hearing.

"You're going to see republicans and democrats all over the board on this particular issue, and I respect that, but what I'd like to see is a vote," Haridopolos said.

Expanded gaming could mean billions of dollars a year in new revenue, a fact we now know doesn't do a whole lot for Governor Scott.

"I don't want our budget to be significantly tied to gaming."

Speaker Cannon told us he's "philosophically opposed" to more gaming. That could be an indication the plan may not even get a vote in the House.

The state is also facing a nearly $2 billion budget deficit. Republican leaders say they're opposed to raising taxes to make up for it and that could mean across-the-board cuts.

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