TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida lawmakers are looking at a late-night end to their annual 60-day legislative session on Friday.
House Speaker Dean Cannon had predicted a "photo finish" and he wasn't far off.
It was 10:16 p.m. Tuesday before budget staffers finished their number crunching and electronically transmitted a $69.7 billion compromise budget to legislators.
That means they cannot vote on the appropriations bill (SB 2000) until 10:16 p.m. Friday -- less than two hours before the session automatically ends unless lawmakers vote to extend it.
The Florida Constitution requires a 72-hour waiting period once a compromise budget is delivered to senators and representatives.
It's intended to make sure they have enough time to review the spending bill before they vote. Lawmakers cannot change the compromise, just vote for or against it.