House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, fields questions from reporters about pensions, stadiums and the budget.

Senate elections chairman Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, fought removing that language until the session's final day.

"You would have thought the world was ending," he said the furor among election supervisors over the language.

House Democrats, while mostly complimentary of the budget work product, still used the final day to argue that Republicans were making a mistake by not expanding Medicaid coverage through the federal health-care reform.

"No  budget's perfect, but we do have an opportunity to be great and we're settling for good," said House Minority Leader Perry Thurston, D-Plantation.

In the Senate, lawmakers began the process of reviewing their budget and approving what’s called “conforming bills” that lay out policies that are funded in the $74.5 billion budget.

Senate Budget Chief Joe Negron, R-Stuart, explained the contents of the budget with the assistance of his budget chairs, but the Senate will not take a vote until later in the day.

Lawmakers were able to increase funding in many areas such as education and the environment thanks to a budget surplus.  Negron noted they still kept $2.8 billion in reserves though.

“Even though our revenues improved, we did not go on a spending spree,” he said.

The Senate also began approving what’s called “conforming bills,” or legislation that lays out policies that are funded in the budgets.

Among the bills approved so far are a new funding formula for hospital and an economic package that includes a school sales tax holiday and a review of economic incentives the state hands out to companies.