Lawmakers Face Questions in Special Session Today

TALLAHASSEE — Florida lawmakers return today for a 20-day special session where they must reach agreement on a new state budget.

The House and Senate ended their regular session in a meltdown over health care funding, which left a $4 billion difference in their budget plans. Tensions remain high between the two chambers, particularly over the House’s staunch opposition to a Senate Medicaid expansion plan.

But legislative leaders have signaled that, despite their deep differences, they are prepared to pass a new state budget before the July 1 start of the new fiscal year, avoiding the potential for a state government shutdown.

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