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Fl. Legislature Poised to OK $77 Billion Budget


Florida legislators flush with a surplus are poised to approve a record $77.1 billion budget.

The Republican-controlled Florida Legislature is expected to vote on the budget shortly before it ends the 60-day annual session on Friday night.

The budget vote will close out a hectic final day.

Legislators have approved a bill to let students living in country illegally to qualify for in-state tuition. They voted for a measure that would allow the sale of a strain of low-THC marijuana for medical use.

And in a turnabout from last year the Legislature approved a bill that would allow professional sports teams qualify for taxpayer money. A similar bill died during the 2013 session.

Legislators are also expected to approve the expansion of Florida's private school voucher program for low-income children.