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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida lawmakers are gathering at the Capitol to kick off their annual session.
The 60-day annual session starts Tuesday. The opening day ceremonies will include the annual state of the state speech given by Gov. Rick Scott.
Lawmakers are expected to deal with a long line of issues over the next nine weeks - including whether to give teachers a $2,500 across the board pay raise. Legislative leaders have also pledged to make changes to the state's election laws and to boost ethical standards for elected officials.
But the biggest issue confronting legislators is whether the state will accept billions in federal aid and expand the Medicaid program. Scott is in favor of expanding the safety-net health insurance program but the House is opposed.