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Florida Senate Says Shutdown is Illegal

Florida Legislative Session
Posted at 4:22 PM, Apr 29, 2015
and last updated 2015-04-29 12:28:21-04

TALLAHASSEE, FL. (AP) - Florida state senators are contending that the House decision to abruptly shut down their work this week violates the state's constitution.

Senate President Andy Gardiner sent a letter to House Speaker Steve Crisafulli on Wednesday that asked the House to come back to the Capitol. The session was scheduled to end on May 1.

Gardiner's letter called the decision by the House to adjourn three and a half days early "unprecedented."

The House abruptly stopped work because of an ongoing stalemate over the budget and health care.

A Crisafulli spokesman says the House has no plans to return.

Crisafulli sent his own letter to Gardiner that said no chamber can "dictate" what legislation should be passed. He said he still wants to work out a budget deal.

Senate Republicans said they may take their legal argument to the state Supreme Court.