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Joe Negron

New GOP leaders take helm of Florida Legislature

Florida legislators on Tuesday chose two new Republican leaders who are promising to enact sweeping changes over the next two years. But some of the changes may put the two chambers of the Florida Legislature on a collision course.

State lawmakers returned to the state Capitol for a one-day session where they selected Rep. Richard Corcoran as House speaker and Sen. Joe Negron as the next Senate president.

Both Corcoran and Negron hinted at an ambitious agenda they plan to carry out when lawmakers hold their 60-day session in March.

Negron, a 55-year-old attorney from Stuart, told his members that he wants to boost spending on Florida's universities in an effort to...