rick_scott_7.jpgTALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Florida lawmakers are working this week to wrap up the 2012 session but many of the biggest questions have already been answered.


Legislators managed to pass a redistricting plan without too much rancor even though it could get rejected by the courts. A bill to create large casinos in South Florida never got far.

Lawmakers took Gov. Rick Scott's threat to veto the budget seriously enough that they agreed to increase school spending by more than $1 billion.

Meanwhile, House Speaker Dean Cannon appears likely to win approval for his top priority of helping the state's two major research universities.

Some of the biggest turmoil of the 2012 session came from unexpected issues. That included a bid to privatize prisons and to create a 12th university in Lakeland.