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Capitol Buzz: 5 things to watch today in Tallahassee

With two days left in the session, House Speaker Will Weatherford has predicted it’s going to be a day of “hurry up and wait” as the final high-profile bills trickle through the House and Senate.

“We don’t have that many bills left in the last two days,’’ Weatherford told reporters Wednesday. “I think that’s a good thing.’’

However, the list of high-profile bills left unfinished remains long and any number of them could come up in either chamber. Five things to watch:


  • The Senate will take a final vote on passage of a controversial bill (SB 1400) to allow undocumented immigrant students to pay in-state tuition rates. The measure is expected to pass after lawmakers were able to get it to the floor for a vote. 
  • A measure to legalize a limited strain of marijuana for medical purposes may come up in the House with Weatherford’s commitment that before session ends the bill, HB 783, “will come up and it's going to get a great hearing in this chamber.’’
  • Also awaiting House approval is SB 1666, reforming child welfare.
  • The Senate’s calendar lists a bill, SB 742, to require greyhound tracks to report their injuries.
  • Also awaiting Senate approval is: a bill to reform the state’s child welfare laws, another to expand the pool of students eligible for tax credit scholarships, and another to increase regulations on assisted living facilities.


[Last modified: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 6:52pm]


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