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Senate President Joe Negron said Friday that the Senate was waiting to vote on two bills and then would retire for the evening.

Those bills, he said, were the joint resolution extending the session past its midnight expiration time, into Monday, so the House and Senate could debate an $83 billion compromise budget and conforming bills.

The other was SB436, by Sen. Dennis Baxley, to allow students to express religious beliefs in class assignments, profess faith via clothing and jewelry pray, and engage in religious activities before, during, and after the school day.

Essentially, religious activities would be treated the same way as similar secular activity.

Appropriations Chairman Jack Latvala wanted to know whether that meant none of the other major legislation still pending was dead.

“I don’t think we should assume anything until the conclusion of business today,” Negron replied.

Meanwhile, the Senate was standing in recess.

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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