Fla. lawmakers convene 2009 regular session

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Legislature has convened its 2009 regular session.

The House and Senate went into session Tuesday. Lawmakers will spend the next 60 days focused mainly on balancing the state budget amid a bleak financial outlook.

The first order of business for the House, though, was to elect Rep. Larry Cretul as speaker. The Republican from Ocala replaces Rep. Ray Sansom, a Republican from Destin, who stepped down because of questions about his relationship with a state college that gave him a job after he funneled about $35 million to the school over the last two years.

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