Fla. lawmakers meet to reorganize after election

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida lawmakers have held a one-day postelection reorganization session against the backdrop of a deepening state budget deficit.

The first order of business Tuesday was electing new leaders, but that was a mere formality. Future leaders traditionally clinch their elections at least a year and often several years in advance.

Republicans again are leading both chambers after the GOP maintained solid House and Senate majorities on Election Day.

Rep. Ray Sansom of Destin was voted speaker of the House. Sen. Jeff Atwater of North Palm Beach got the nod as Senate president.

The Republicans lost one seat in the House but still have a 76-44 advantage. There was no change in the GOP's 26-14 Senate majority.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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