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legislature 2000 Follow the Times’ ongoing coverage of this year's session

May 3, 2000

House, Senate make $51-billion budget deal
TALLAHASSEE -- The House and Senate struck an overnight deal on a nearly $51-billion state budget that has something in it to make almost everyone happy.

Education overhaul
In a landmark day of dealmaking, leaders of the Florida Legislature agree to abolish the Board of Regents, add two law schools and one medical school, plus boost pay for public school teachers.

Wiggy remarks
After being presented with an Afro wig and sunglasses on the House floor Tuesday, Rep. Robert Starks, R-Casselberry, thanks Rep. Al Lawson for naming him an honorary member of the Black Caucus for his support of minority issues.

Vouchers proposed for disabled students
The legislation would grant private school tuition aid to some students with special needs.

Butterworth: I won't defend bill
The attorney general calls the House-passed "sovereign lands" bill unconstitutional.

Late at night, deal was sealed
TALLAHASSEE -- Senate President Toni Jennings vowed to keep the Legislature in session as long as it took to get her way. House Speaker John Thrasher said he wouldn't bend.


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