Plants froze. Pipes burst. Noses dripped.
Lubricated by cocktails at an annual pre-session Associated Industries of Florida fete Monday, the first week of the 2018 legislative session bore many of the usual hallmarks of the 60-day pageant.
Sen. Jack Latvala not only violated rules regarding sexual harassment but should also be investigated for possible public corruption, according to recommendations by a special master released Tuesday.
The temperatures plummeted outside the Capitol this week, but the frigid conditions aren't limited to the out-of-doors.
Allegations of sexual harassment lodged against Sen. Jack Latvala, subsequent twin investigations and threats of civil and criminal legal action have thrown a chill over interactions between lawmakers, lobbyists and aides as they try to conduct business amid a national culture shift about how men treat women.
Christmas trees have been hoisted inside the House and Senate chambers, but lawmakers won't be around to spread the holiday cheer.
With Thanksgiving already a speck in the rearview mirror, Capitol insiders are slowly plodding toward the advent of the 2018 legislative session next month.
The legislative agenda was bare this week, but the Florida Supreme Court and the Constitution Revision Commission made up for the quiet in the halls of the House and Senate.
After hearing a litany of complaints from lawmakers, state health officials are moving forward with a contested contract to process medical-marijuana patient identification cards.
The Florida Senate has hired a prominent Tallahassee lawyer amid a probe into sexual-harassment allegations against Sen. Jack Latvala, a Clearwater Republican.
Throughout the nation, lawmakers are being forced to confront revelations about dirty little secrets once kept hidden behind the statehouse doors.
The toppling of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, accused of sexually assaulting or harassing dozens of women, and the ensuing #MeToo social media campaign have emboldened women to tell stories of abuse or inappropriate treatment that remained under wraps in state capitols --- among other work environs populated by powerful men --- in some cases for decades.