Florida Legislature May Not End on Time
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida lawmakers may not end their annual session on time.
The House budget chief said Tuesday that budget negotiations with the Senate have grinded to a halt in the last 24 hours.
Both the House and Senate have passed rival versions of a new budget, but there are significant differences in areas such as money for roads and colleges.
Legislators have just seven days left to bridge all the gaps in order to end the session by March 9. That's because state law requires the final version of the budget to sit on lawmakers desks for 72 hours before a final vote.
Rep. Denise Grimsley said she did not know why negotiations have come to a standstill, but said it appeared to be coming from Senate President Mike Haridopolos.
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