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Florida lawmakers won't pass budget before end of session

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Posted at 10:23 AM, Mar 09, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-09 17:30:26-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida lawmakers won’t be able to pass a budget before their regularly scheduled 60-day session ends Friday. House and Senate budget leaders were still negotiating differences in their budget proposals on Wednesday evening and expected an agreement by the end of the night. Lawmakers have a 72-hour cooling off period before they can vote on the budget. While lawmakers could vote on the budget Saturday, House Speaker Chris Sprowls and Senate President Wilton Simpson will give legislators the weekend off and return to vote on the budget Monday. The eventual budget will likely be more than $100 million. Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has the power to veto individual items in the budget lawmakers send him.