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Florida legislators unlikely to end session on time

Posted: 7:41 PM, Mar 06, 2018
Updated: 2018-03-07 00:41:00Z
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida legislators are unlikely to end their 60-day annual session on time due to an ongoing deadlock over the state budget.

House and Senate Republican leaders are at a stalemate over how the state should pay hospitals that treat Medicaid patients. The Senate and House passed rival $87 billion budgets that have different funding formulas.

Legislators needed to have all work on a budget done Tuesday in order to vote this Friday. Florida has a 72-hour "cooling off period" to make sure everyone is able to read the budget before the final vote.

This is the second year in a row that the GOP-controlled Legislature has been unable to wrap up its budget work within the two-month long session.

It's not yet clear if legislators will extend their annual session.