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Legislators to flex new muscle and call special session to override vetoes

Florida's Republican legislative leaders, fresh off winning veto-proof new margins in the House and Senate, plan to announce a one-day special session on Nov. 16, to override a couple of Gov. Charlie Crist's vetoes.

Incoming Senate President Mike Haridopolos and incoming House Speaker Dean Cannon will hold a press conference in Tallahassee to announce their plans. As the Herald/Times reported two weeks ago, the plan is to use the day devoted to swearing in new members to also oveerride a handful of vetoes from Crist.

Among them is Crist's controversial decision to veto from the budget a $9.7 million line item intended to help the Shands teaching hosptial and two others that would have more difficult to made it harder to take away tax breaks for agricultural land and would have tightened environmental regulations.

The Republican sweep that consumed the nation left only 51 Democrats in the Florida legislature last night. The Senate now has a 28-12 Republican majority while the House Republincans have a margin of 81-39.