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Florida Legislature
Coat of arms or logo.
Type Bicameral
Houses Senate
House of Representatives
President of the Senate Jeff Atwater, Republican Party
since March 4, 2008
Speaker of the House Larry Cretul, Republican Party
since March 3, 2009
Members 160
Political groups Democratic Party
Republican Party
Last election November 4, 2008
Meeting place
Florida Capitol, Tallahassee

The Florida Legislature is the state legislature of the U.S. state of Florida. The Florida Constitution mandates a bicameral state legislature with an upper house Florida Senate of 40 members and a lower Florida House of Representatives of 120 members. Due to term limits, House members may be elected for up to four terms (eight years), while State Senators can be elected for up to two terms (eight years). Former members can be elected again after a two year break. Both chambers have been in Republican hands since 1994.

The two houses convene within the Florida State Capitol complex in Tallahassee.



The Florida Legislature operates on a regular legislative session starting on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in March for a period not to exceed 60 calendar days. Special sessions are called as needed.

In 2009, legislators filed 2,138 bills for consideration. On average, the legislature has passed about 300 bills into law annually.[1]


Florida has had a total of six different state constitutions, coming in 1838, 1861 (secession), 1865, 1868, 1885, and 1968.

See also


  1. ^ Flemming, Paul (March 8, 2009). Capital Ideas: Lawmakers face 2,138 proposals. Florida Today.  

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