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Senate to dig into Scott budget proposal

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In their final series of meetings before the start of the 2018 legislative session, Senate committees will focus heavily next week on Gov. Rick Scott's proposed $87.4 billion budget.

The Senate Appropriations Committee is scheduled Dec. 6 to receive a presentation about Scott's proposal for the fiscal year that will start July 1.

Seven appropriations subcommittees -- dealing with budget issues such as education, health and human services and criminal justice -- will meet Dec. 7 to look at Scott's recommendations for their spending areas.

Scott's proposal is a starting point for lawmakers, who will negotiate a final budget during the legislative session that starts Jan. 9.

Lawmakers are scheduled to hold four days of committee meetings next week, the final round of committee meetings before the session.