Florida Legislature approves $89 billion budget

- Florida legislators are close to ending their annual session after approving an $89 billion budget.


The Florida Legislature approved the new budget during a rare Sunday session.


Legislators extended their session because they were unable to finish work on the budget in time. Florida has a 72-hour "cooling off period" to make sure everyone can read the budget before the final vote.


The 60-day session was supposed to end Friday. Legislators got bogged down during budget negotiations while they spent hours debating and working on a comprehensive gun and school safety bill.


The new budget includes increased funding for public schools and sets aside $100 million for Florida's land preservation program.


Most of the increase for schools is tied to a sweeping gun and school safety bill already signed by Gov. Rick Scott.
 

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