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Chambers kick off budget conference committees

Senate President Don Gaetz speaks to budget conferees and lobbyists crowded into a meeting room as he spells out how the negotiations will proceed. Photo by Bruce Ritchie.

House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, and Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, exchanged pleasantries in front of members of Appropriations Conference Committees and a lobby corps that packed the meeting room Thursday. The meeting was the first in a series of powwows between the two chambers as they hash out a $74 billion-plus budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year.

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