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Where does an Assembly leader go after a budget deal is reached?

To Disney World, of course.

Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez is flying to Florida's world-famous resort to participate in a panel discussion Saturday at the annual conference of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials.

President Barack Obama and Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney are headliners of the three-day event, which began Thursday in Orlando and ends Saturday evening. Pérez will participate in a panel discussion during the event's congressional leadership luncheon.

Perez's spokesman, John Vigna, squashed a rumor Thursday that the speaker's Florida commitment would keep lawmakers from voting on a final package of budget bills this weekend.

Crafting and fine-tuning of the bills would have consumed the weekend anyhow, Vigna said.

Vigna said that Pérez had committed himself to the conference a long time ago and that the speaker plans to return in plenty of time to vote on the budget package early next week.

Whistling a Disney tune, perhaps.



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