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House, Senate trying to avoid budget showdown over rules

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The Florida Senate and House have agreed to work together on a joint rule to avoid a “who blinks first” approach to this year’s budget negotiations.  Sen. Jack Latvala, the Clearwater Republican who heads the Appropriations Committee, Thursday told the Rules Committee he was “pleased to report” House leaders had agreed to consider what’s known as a “joint rule” to streamline the process. The Naples Daily News reported Wednesday the Legislature could be headed to “a partial state government shutdown” over…

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