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Florida lawmakers face budget hurdles in final sprint

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Posted at 1:57 PM, Mar 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-07 13:58:04-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida lawmakers are facing significant hurdles in their sprint to adjourn on time.

In fact, it remains unclear whether the Legislature can adjourn as scheduled because of policy and budget differences.

Entering what is supposed to be the final week of its 2020 session, the Legislature still has a substantial list of bills stacked on its agenda, including the task of accommodating Gov. Ron DeSantis in his quest to adopt an employment eligibility system known as E-Verify.

But the Legislature's only true mandate is to deliver a balanced budget.

A $1.4 billion gap between proposals produced by the House and Senate threatens to prolong this year's session.