House, Senate strike final deals on budget bills

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The House and Senate budget compromise in the 2011 legislative session is officially done, reports the News Service of Florida. Senate Budget Chairman J.D. Alexander, R-Lake Wales, and House Appropriations Chairwoman Denise Grimsley, R-Sebring, hammered out the final details in a series of agreements on conforming bills at a Thursday meeting. Among the last-minute details: The Senate withdrew a justice conforming bill that included personal-injury protection reform language, something that had sparked an uproar when it was attached to the measure after dying in a House committee, a change to a charter school bill that the Legislature passed Wednesday and a pilot program assigning Medicaid recipients diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in Broward, Miami-Dade or Palm Beach counties to HMOs.

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