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Capitol Buzz: 5 things to watch today in Tallahassee



New poll numbers on Gov. Rick Scott should make a provocative start to a day filled with several compelling legislative issues. Here are five things to watch today in Tallahassee:

  • The House Appropriation Committee addresses for the first time how to spend about $200 million that Florida received last year in a national mortgage settlement. House leaders are looking to use the money for housing assistance for veterans, teachers and others.
  • The results of the latest poll on Gov. Rick Scott and his possible challengers in the 2014 election will be released by the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute Wednesday morning. A key question is whether the improving economy is having any impact on Scott’s dismal numbers.
  •  Sports and arts fans will want to pay attention to House Bill 1353, which relates to the sale and resale of admission tickets, and comes up today in the House Business and Professional Regulation Subcommittee. The Florida Consumer Action Network and Fan Freedom, a national fan advocate organization funded and supported by StubHub, are among the groups expected to speak against the bill, which they say would create monopolies in the event ticket industry.
  • In honor of Women’s History Month, three women will be inducted into the the 2012-13 Women's Hall of Fame at 5 p.m. in the Capitol courtyard. The honorees selected by Scott are Clara C. Frye, who committed her life to providing medical care to Tampa’s black citizens; 91-year-old Aleene Pridgen Kidd MacKenzie, of Miami, who established the Florida State University Foundation and has been a leader in highway safety issues; and Florida pioneer Lillie Pierce Voss, formerly of Delray Beach.
  • The Senate Health Policy Committee takes up a controversial bill (SB 876) known as the "Florida Unborn Victims of Violence Act," sponsored by Sen. Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland, which would punish anyone who commits a crime that harms a fetus. It's one of Planned Parenthood’s "bills to watch" this session.

[Last modified: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 6:47pm]


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