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Combative new Florida House speaker vows contentious session

Posted at 8:48 AM, Mar 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-04 08:48:39-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- The outcome of this year's Florida Legislature session may depend largely on a 51-year-old firebrand attorney with a deep conservative streak and a love for cigars and the band U2.

The new House Speaker, Richard Corcoran, has taken on rapper Pitbull, gotten in a knock-down fight with fellow Republican Gov. Rick Scott and vowed to keep legislators in session for months if he doesn't get his way on local property taxes.

He has an ambitious agenda for the 60-day session that starts next week that also includes term limits for Florida's most senior judges and throwing out some of the state's regulations on health care providers.

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