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Capitol Buzz: 5 things to watch on the final day of session (we hope)

It's the final day of the Florida legislative session and it will be a long one. Dozens of bills remain unresolved, including a handful of high-profile bills that are priority projects for the Republican leadership and Gov. Rick Scott. Five things to watch:

  • The House is expected to take up a bill to overhaul the state's child welfare laws early in the day and send it to the governor.
  • A bill to allow for the children of undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition will gets its expected final vote in the Florida House, and a bill to allow a noncitizen to be granted a law license is expected to get final approval in the Florida Senate.
  • The Senate may make one last try to pass a House priority bill to expand the number of students who qualify for private school vouchers.
  • A bill to toughen disclosure rules for local officials gets a vote in the Senate.
  • And the only bill legislators are required to finish all year -- the state's $77.1 billion budget -- may be the last bill of the day. The vote is expected around 8:35 p.m., when the 72-hour clock runs out on the required review period. 

[Last modified: Thursday, May 1, 2014 9:18pm]


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