Florida Legislature opens annual session

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – The Florida Legislature is starting its annual 60-day session.

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

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

Last year legislators clashed on state spending and Medicaid expansion.

House Speaker Steve Crisafulli and Senate President Gardiner pledged this year to work together. They both promised to pass several bills they worked on in 2015 including a comprehensive bill dealing with water and measures helping children with developmental disabilities.

Crisafulli also said the House would come up with own $1 billion tax cut package. Gardiner promised tax cuts, but did not commit to a specific amount.

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