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Tenure bill bound for Gov. Charlie Crist

More than nine hours after they started what turned into a marathon debate sesson, legislators in the House finally passed a controversal bill that would change the way teachers are paid and fired in Florida.

The final vote, taken at 2:26 a.m.: 64-55, with 11 Republicans voting with Democrats against the bill.

Now the future of the so-called teacher tenure bill is in the hands of Gov. Charlie Crist, whose support for the measure has weakened in recent days.

"I believe that this legislation the governor should want to sign," said House Speaker Larry Cretul. "I take him at his word that he will."