Byline: LLOYD DUNKELBERGER and GARY FINEOUT CAPITAL BUREAU
TALLAHASSEE -- The 2003 Florida Legislature is destined for overtime, as lawmakers acknowledged Friday that they may need as much as an extra week to finish a session characterized more by bickering than passing major bills.
The 60-day session was scheduled to end next Friday. But legislative leaders say they may take until May 9 to finish an agenda that includes a $52 billion state budget and a medical malpractice package. Overtime sessions cost $40,000 a day.
Underscoring an apparent lack of urgency, both the House and the Senate sent their members home for the weekend.