In Tallahassee for organizational session, Democrat lawmakers insist they won’t be ignored

  • In town for one day to set the upcoming legislative schedule for 2023, Democrat lawmakers insist they’ll be loyal opposition to the GOP
  • Democrats hold just 35 of 120 House seats and only 12 of 40 Senate seats. Republicans have a supermajority in both chambers
  • Fentrice Driskell will lead Democrats in the Florida House, while Lauren Book will be the minority leader in the Florida Senate

TALLAHASSEE — After major losses in the Nov. 8 elections, House and Senate Democrats started trying to bounce back as they gathered this week in the state Capitol.

A one-day organization session of the Legislature on Tuesday featured new Republican leaders formally stepping into their roles with “supermajorities” in the House and Senate.

Democrats, meanwhile, only hold 35 of 120 House seats and 12 of 40 Senate seats.

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