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Lawmakers tweet insults over budget dispute

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Now Florida lawmakers are arguing on Twitter.

The 2015 regular session came to a screeching halt Tuesday when the House adjourned three days before the session’s scheduled end.

Thursday Senate Democrats filed a petition with the Florida Supreme Court to order the House back in session for the Friday. Senate Republican leaders say the House’s move is unconstitutional, trying to leverage power over the Senate by its absence. Thursday Senate Democrats filed a petition with the Florida Supreme Court to order the House back in session for the Friday.

That riled state Rep. Matt Gaetz, who tweeted, “This lawsuit reads like it was researched and drafted by Sen Joyner….. and spell checked by Sen Bullard.

Which provoked this response from state Sen. Jack Latvala, “This is absolutely disgraceful for a public official to say!”

And this from Bullard, “Hmm @mattgaetz drafted by a former bar association Pres and civil rights icon and spell checked by a HS teacher #winning #sayfie.”

The House and Senate are locked in a fight over a Senate plan to provide health insurance to the working poor. The House refuses to consider the proposal. House Republicans have left the Capitol while Senate President Andy Gardiner says the Senate will stay until 11:59 p.m. Friday, the scheduled end of the regular session.

The session will conclude without a state budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1. Gardiner has proposed a special session for June.

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