Capitol Buzz: 5 things to watch today in Tallahassee
The Senate will take up its plan to expand Medicaid, which differs vastly from the House approach. Here are five things to watch on the session's 57th day:
- Sen. Joe Negron's plan to extend health care to uninsured Floridians is seen as certain to pass the Senate, and Gov. Rick Scott likes it, but it's a non-starter in the House.
- As the clock winds down, Scott must keep seeking one of his two priorities, a sales tax break for manufacturing equipment. Scott prematurely said Monday he had an agreement with lawmakers to eliminate the tax for three years -- but Senate President Don Gaetz said it wasn't true. "The governor may be announcing an agreement to which all parties have not agreed," Gaetz told reporters.
- The Senate will debate the so-called "parent trigger" bill, which gives parents more authority to turn around failing schools, including converting them to charter schools. The bill (SB 862) is sponsored by Sen. Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland.
- The House is scheduled to take up bills relating to an overhaul of Citizens Property Insurance Corp.
- It's the 13th annual Ambassadors for Aging Day in Tallahassee, and all three Cabinet members and legislators are scheduled to speak at the event, which honors the contributions of senior citizens in the state.