After weeks of conflict, House and Senate leaders Friday formally called a special legislative session to reach agreement on a new state budget and to hammer out differences on major health-care issues. House Speaker Steve Crisafulli , R-Merritt Island, and Senate President Andy Gardiner , R-Orlando, issued a “call” that said lawmakers will go into session at 1 p.m. June 1, with the session possibly lasting through June 20. An accompanying news release made clear that the leaders expect to pass a budget before the July 1 start of the new fiscal year, putting to rest the idea that state government could be forced to shut down.

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