TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Senate is spelling out how the state will use a $200 million settlement with major banks.
The Senate voted 38-0 on Friday for a bill (SB 1852) that sets aside money for everything from domestic violence shelters to affordable housing programs.
The measure, which now heads to the Florida House, also gives money to Habitat for Humanity.
The money comes from a $25 billion settlement with attorneys general across the nation to end investigations over foreclosure abuses.
The state received $334 million directly under the settlement but Attorney General Palm Bondi and legislators quietly feuded for months over who would control the money.
Back in January a legislative panel approved spending some of the money on down payment assistance and helping the court system deal with foreclosure cases.
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