Florida lawmakers said Tuesday night that they'll have the state budget settled within a week, despite fundamental disagreements between the House and Senate about how to fund a variety of issues.
State Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, said the school shooting in Parkland nearly two weeks ago "changed everything" in the Legislature this year.
"We're all grieving. It's a solemn time," Bradley said. "And Chair (Carlos) Trujillo said it best: This is not the time for name-calling or petty politics. This is the time for us to come together for the greater good and the safety of the children come first."
State Rep. Carlos Trujillo, R-Miami, said to expect a balanced budget by Tuesday morning. If so, the Legislature should end on time this year, with no extended session.
But both houses of the legislature are facing fundamental differences on how to fund the opioid crisis, universities, schools and how to spend millions in affordable housing money. Bradley and Trujillo said many of those have already been worked out.
"Post-Parkland, talking to the senators, talking to the House, I think that everyone's in a position where there are things much bigger than us," Trujillo said.