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Legislature focuses on reviving budget talks, moving bills

TALLAHASSEE — With two weeks left in the legislative session, Florida lawmakers will turn their attention to negotiating the budget and moving bills through both chambers.

Budget negotiations between the House and Senate collapsed Saturday, endangering an on-time end to the session April 30 if talks do not quickly resume. The biggest question: whether to include $880 million in federal Medicaid money that the state expects to arrive sometime this summer, but can't bank on yet.

On Monday, the House will spend most of the day debating its Medicaid overhaul, which will be followed by a debate of the Seminole gambling compact.

Meanwhile, the Senate will take up a flurry of bills: two anti-corruption measures aimed at public officials who fail to disclose financial interests, a ban on texting while driving and a bill to clarify the parental notification law for minors seeking abortions.

Legislature focuses on reviving budget talks, moving bills 04/19/10 [Last modified: Monday, April 19, 2010 8:18am]
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