Florida Legislature Kicks Off Annual Session

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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) — The Florida Legislature kicked off its annual 60-day session.

Leaders of the Florida House and Florida Senate officially gaveled lawmakers back to work on Tuesday morning. They’re expected over the next few weeks to grapple everything from guns to gambling.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott gave his “State of State” speech Tuesday and asked legislators to back a $1 billion tax cut package.

Last year legislators clashed on state spending and Medicaid expansion. The session ended abruptly with many bills dying amid the in-fighting.

House Speaker Steve Crisafulli in his opening remarks promised that legislators would pass several bills they worked on in 2015 including a comprehensive bill dealing with water. He also said the House would come up with own $1 billion tax cut package.

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