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Today in Tallahassee: Budget negotiations get under way

TALLAHASSEE — Now that they know how much money they've got to work with, House and Senate leaders today begin hammering out the spending details on everything from health care to schools to prisons.

The so-called conference committees are scheduled to start meeting today.

Meanwhile, the full Senate catches up to the House on several hot-button issues, taking on abortion and guns.

Today's agenda includes a proposal to prohibit public funding of abortion (SB 1538) plus a measure that limits what doctors can ask patients about gun use (SB 234).

The chamber will also consider a controversial proposal that prohibits payroll deductions of public workers for "political purposes." That scaled-back measure, sponsored by Sen. John Thrasher, R-St. Augustine, originally singled out unions from collecting dues through paycheck deductions. Unions remain opposed to the proposal.

The House will finish what it started Tuesday. Representatives will take final votes on nearly half a dozen controversial abortion measures.

Today in Tallahassee: Budget negotiations get under way 04/27/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 27, 2011 7:00am]

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