TALLAHASSEE -- A showdown over expanding health-care to more than 1 million Floridians slowed the Legislature to a crawl for a second day Wednesday, with the fate of an elections reform, a sick-time fight, sports stadium tax breaks and other bills hanging in the balance.

House Democrats were forcing the majority-party to have bills read in full on the floor in order to slow down the session during its final three days, a move they started Tuesday to draw more attention to Republicans' refusal to accept $51 billion in federal Medicaid expansion money.

The day began with an automated voice, a software program named "Mary," reading bills in full and prompting lobbyists to scramble in the Capitol Rotunda to find out if their bills were dying before the session's adjournment Friday.

"We're acting like vengeful little children," Rep. Irv Slosberg, D-Boca Raton, said on the floor.

As the day dragged on, House Republicans retaliated by postponing votes on bills sponsored by Democrats, including one (SB 442) carried by Geraldine Thompson, D-Orlando and Rep. Linda Stewart, D-Orlando, creating a black cultural commission.

"I am very frustrated, extremely frustrated," Thompson said after trying to lobby House lawmakers to return to the bill. "I see the bigger picture .. but I am frustrated nonetheless. We're not going to get [health care] resolved by Friday, so I'm saying we've made our point let's get back to the order of business."

But also caught in the cross-fire is a sports stadium bill (SB 306) which would create a method for the Miami Dolphins, Orlando Major League Soccer supporters, Daytona International Speedway, and other sports franchises to get in line for $13 million in annual tax breaks for stadium construction or upgrades.

Democrats said they weren't standing in the way of a stadium bill vote

"This is an awesome year. We've got money in the budget and $51 billion hanging out there," House Minority Leader Perry Thurston, D-Plantation, told reporters. "That's enough to make everybody happy. Why are we just limiting it to a select few?"

Republicans, though, were also postponing a vote on an elections reform that expands early voting.

Sen. Andy Gardiner said the push to merge the tolling authorities of Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Lake counties may be dead for the year -- thanks to resistance from House Majority Leader Steve Precourt as well as the House slowdown.

"Given where the House is with all their stuff, it's probably not going to make it," said Gardiner, an Orlando Republican slated to be the next Senate president. "We're going to put it on a few things. We're going to send it over, and if they don't like it they can strip it out."

Creating the Central Florida Expressway Authority has been a priority for Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Gardiner and other senators, but not the House, where Precourt has been fighting it all session. other counties -- Osceola in particular -- have also objected to the idea of allowing Orlando's mayor to sit on the board overseeing the new Tollway. Meanwhile, local tolling authorities in Central Florida have passed resolutions objecting to it.

Aother bill caught in the slowdown was the Orange County-inspired effort that "preempts" local governments from requiring many employers to offer cushier sick-time benefits to workers.

Meanwhile, the stalemate wasn't stopping special-interest bills from clearing the chamber.

One of them, a settlement of a long-simmering battle between workers' compensation doctors and the business and insurance lobbies, SB 662 carried by Sen. Alan Hays, R-Umatilla, was sent to Gov. Rick Scott early Wednesday.

It would place more restrictions on doctors that re-package medication they prescribe to patients, although both sides said after it passed that the peace was unlikely to last long.

"Doctors and insurance companies don't ever seem to have a truce that lasts too long," said GOP lobbyist Brian Ballard, whose client, Broward-based Automated Health Care Solutions, sells the drug-dispensing software to doctors and has been at the middle of trying to preserve its business advantage for the the last three years.

Automated, through a dozen other subsidiaries, has spent more than $7 million on lobbyists and political contributions over the last four years. "I guess it was appropriate to have an automated voice read an Automated bill," Ballard said.

It's main opponents have been insurance companies who have objected to paying higher claims for insured workers who get drugs directly from their doctors, as well as the Florida Chamber of Commerce, which represents large businesses paying the higher insurance costs.

Chamber lobbyist Dave Hart said the bill got through the House gridlock for a simple reason: it was a priority of House and Senate leadership to resolve the special-interest fight.

"Instead of the stakeholders fighting and throwing bombs at each other, [Hays] pulled all of us around a table a number of times and hammered that we're going to find a solution to this," Hart said.  But if it doesn't wind up lowering workers comp rates, "we'll be back," he said. "it's our members paying the costs."