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Extension resolution pledges that House and Senate will adjourn together

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The Senate has adopted a concurrent resolution giving the Legislature itself until 11:59 p.m. Monday to pass the state budget.

SCR 1850, adopted on a voice vote after 9 p.m., limits the extension to work on SB 2500, the proposed General Appropriations Act, and related legislation including a package of tax breaks.

House and Senate conferees were unable to nail down a budget agreement quickly enough to adjourn on time.

“Be it further resolved that all other measures in both houses are indefinitely postponed and withdrawn from consideration of the respective house as of 11:59 p.m., Friday, May 5, 2017.

“Be it further resolved that upon recess or adjournment Friday, May 5, 2017, either house may reconvene upon the call of its presiding officer,” the document adds.

Finally, it says both chambers would adjourn simultaneously once they complete their work on the budget.

Michael Moline is a former assistant managing editor of The National Law Journal and managing editor of the San Francisco Daily Journal. Previously, he reported on politics and the courts in Tallahassee for United Press International. He is a graduate of Florida State University, where he served as editor of the Florida Flambeau. His family’s roots in Jackson County date back many generations.

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