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Final committee week to include 4 days of meetings

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Florida lawmakers will return to the Capitol on Dec. 4 for the last round of committee meetings before the 2018 legislative session starts in January.

The House and Senate have scheduled meetings over four days, including meetings Dec. 4 and Dec. 7 of the House Select Committee on Hurricane Response and Preparedness.

The panel has been looking at a series of issues after Hurricane Irma and is expected to start moving forward with recommendations in December.

Appropriations committees in both chambers also likely will discuss Gov. Rick Scott's proposed $87.4 billion budget for 2018-2019.

The proposal, released this week, is an initial step as lawmakers prepare to negotiate a budget during the 2018 session, which starts Jan. 9.