Oct 19, 2021 - Politics
Top Democrat predicts "nastiness" for Florida's 2022 legislative session
The Florida Capitol. Photo: Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

Nothing about Florida's current political discourse would lead you to believe that our representatives are nearing something resembling peace and understanding — and that's not changing anytime soon.

What's happening: State Rep. Evan Jenne, the House Democratic caucus' co-leader, expects a "knock-down, drag-out" legislative session next year, full of "nastiness and controversy" ahead of the 2022 midterms, per Florida Politics.

An issue to keep an eye on: Abortion. Gov. Ron DeSantis hasn't ruled out the idea of backing a Texas-like abortion law. Last month, he called the idea "interesting" and added that he was "going to look more significantly at it."

  • President Biden's Justice Department has taken steps to try to suspend Texas' law as federal courts consider its constitutionality, which could be preventing more full-throated Republican support.
  • Jenne said that Democrats are "still kind of holding [their] breath" to see how the state GOP ultimately comes together on the issue.
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