Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez won't be going to Florida this weekend after all.
The Los Angeles Democrat canceled plans Friday to attend the annual conference of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials after striking a tentative state budget deal.
"I didn't go because I still have work to do," Pérez said, adding that he is ready to return to the Capitol this weekend as needed to fine-tune budget details in preparation for an Assembly floor vote next week.
"I've been working," Pérez said. "I'm going to go home tonight. I'll be back over the weekend. There's some work I have to do in person, there's some work I don't have to do in person. If I've got to be here to do work, I'll be here."
As reported this morning on Capitol Alert, Pérez was scheduled to participate in a panel discussion at the NALEO annual conference at Disney World.
President Barack Obama and Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney were scheduled headliners of the three-day conference.
Pérez said he had made plans long ago to attend the NALEO event. It is not rare for him to make commitments only to cancel them later due to the press of Assembly business, he said.