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Supreme Court gives the Florida House until 10 a.m. to respond to early exit lawsuit

The Florida Supreme Court has ordered the Florida House to submit a response by 10 a.m. Friday, May 1, to the lawsuit filed today by the Senate Democratic Caucus, accusing the House of violating the constitution. 

The Senate Democrats will then have a mere 2.5 hours to reply. Here's the order.

The court's order came just hours after Senate Democrats marched to the Florida Supreme Court with an emergency petition that asks justices to rule on whether the House violated the state Constitution by adjourning Tuesday afternoon. Senators say it’s unconstitutional for one chamber to shut down for more than 72 hours without the other’s consent.

“The same men who make the laws should be compelled to obey them,” said Senate Democratic Leader Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa.

Earlier on Thursday, Senate President Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, requested a three-week session starting June 1 to complete work on a budget.

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