Legislature to start special session on commuter rail Thursday

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s Republican legislative leaders are telling their members to be in town Thursday and ready to work on a proposal that would expand commuter rail in the state.

Senate President Jeff Atwater and House Speaker Larry Cretul also said a formal proclamation for a special session was expected later Monday.

Florida lawmakers hope a strong bipartisan showing, supporting an advanced rail system will help the state attract more federal dollars.

Florida AFL-CIO President Mike Williams criticized the present proposal on Monday, saying it amounts to little more than government sanctioned union-busting since it would allow the state to replace protected workers with those with less experience and qualifications.

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