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Legislative Session Could Be Extended

April 23rd, 2009 by flanews

Optimism is waning as lawmakers lose hope theyll end the legislative session on time.

Budget negotiations between the House and Senate are moving at a snails pace. A compromised budget has to be agreed upon 72 hours before the legislature can take a vote. At this point the horse trading is taking place behind closed doors. State Senator Dave Aronberg said hes losing hope session will end on time with every passing hour.

I think there is a 60 percent chance well still be here past May 1st, and every hour Im going to raise it by one percent. So pretty soon its going to be a 120 percent chance, said Aronberg.

In order to meet the May first deadline, a budget deal would have to be completed by next Tuesday to be passed by Friday.

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