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House and Senate reach deal: no override of DMS and workers comp bills

House and Senate leaders sent a signal Monday to Gov.-elect Rick Scott that they are willing to work with him and agreed not to override a controversial bill that would have taken away some of his power over the state agency in charge of most government contracting and building management. They also agreed not to override a bill that was supported by major campaign contributors in the final weeks of the election.

The two bills, HB 5611 and 5603, will be taken off the list of 9 potential bills slated to be overrided Tuesday during a one-day special session. The session will be added after the organizational session when new members of both chambers are sworn in. Environmentalists also are asking lawmakers to leave alone a veto of HB 1565, a bill that would give legislators the power to ratify what they say is nearly every regulation that comes out of state agencies, but legislators have resisted.


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