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The nine little words that could cause a legislative train wreck

February 17, 2017 - 9:00am

The 2017 legislative session begins in Tallahassee in about two-and-a-half weeks and the Senate and House are still hashing out details of a critical joint rule so that writing a budget can get underway.

Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, tells the Times/Herald that he and House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O'Lakes, are making progress, but stumbling blocks remain, including a standoff over nine words in House Rule 5.14: "An appropriations project bill may only request nonrecurring funds."

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