Budget Stand Off Likely To Force FL Legislature OT

TALLAHASSEE (AP)- Florida House leaders met behind closed doors Tuesday while Senate leaders held a special hearing in a last-ditch attempt to agree on Medicaid and finalize a budget as the need for a special session seemed imminent. Gov. Rick Scott said in a statement Tuesday that he’d call a special session if lawmakers couldn’t agree on a budget before the May 1 deadline. House and Senate budgets are $4 billion apart and are unlikely to be reconciled. Republican Senate leaders conceded Tuesday that they might not pass a state budget until June, just before the end of Florida’s fiscal year.