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Capitol Buzz: 5 things to watch today in Tallahassee

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March

Gov. Rick Scott takes center stage Tuesday as the 2013 session of the Florida Legislature begins. Here are five things to watch on Opening Day:

  • Scott's third State of the State address will emphasize his two priorities, a $2,500 across-the-board teacher pay raise and a sales tax break for manufacturing equipment.
  • Democrats are likely to give Scott's address a harsh critique. The speech always gives the opposition party a chance to lay out its differing priorities, and a left-leaning group, Progress Florida, will hold an event emphasizing how its agenda differs from the Republican governor's.
  • The House chamber will be filled with floral arrangements on members' desks. Expressions of congratulations are one of the few exceptions to the so-call gift ban law that took effect in 2006.
  • The Senate will begin debating an ethics bill (SB 2), a priority of Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville.
  • The Florida Conference of Black Legislators holds a welcome back reception at the Doubletree Hotel.

[Last modified: Monday, March 4, 2013 5:33pm]

    

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