Capitol Buzz: 5 things to watch today in Tallahassee
After the Senate unanimously approved its budget on Wednesday, the focus shifts to the House, where the spirit of camaraderie is not quite as high.
- As the House begins floor discussion of the budget, Democrats are pledging to vote "No" if the spending plan does not address the issue of health care expansion under the Affordable Care Act.
- It's a busy day in the House. Also on the House calendar: The texting-while driving ban (HB 13), a ban on local police drones (HB 119), alimony reform (HB 231), the "Shariah law" bill (HB 351) and a memorial to President Barack Obama threatening local pre-emption of federal gun control efforts (HM 545).
- A bill to force online retailers to charge sales taxes is up in the Senate Appropriations on Finance & Tax Committee. The money collected from the tax would go to reducing the communications services tax and other taxes.
- In the Senate, the “parent trigger” bill is up in Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Education.
- The Faith and Freedom Prayer Breakfast is scheduled for Thursday. Ralph Reed, the Chairman of the Faith and Freedom Coalition will speak along with several lawmakers, including former St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, Sen. Anitere Flores, Rep. Dennis Baxley, and others.