Capitol Buzz: 5 things to watch today in Tallahassee
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.