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Capitol Buzz: Five things to watch today in Tallahassee

Sunrise in Tallahassee on Tuesday morning.


Sunrise in Tallahassee on Tuesday morning.



This is the first day of the Florida Legislature's 2016 session. It will be a day filled with messaging as people across the political spectrum seek attention. Here are five things to watch:

* Gov. Rick Scott will deliver the annual State of the State address to lawmakers and a statewide cable TV audience. His sixth annual address will focus on his two main priorities: reducing taxes by $1 billion and creating a new $250 million incentive fund to attract companies to Florida.

* Franklin Graham, the son of evangelist Billy Graham, will be in Tallahassee as part of a nationwide "Decision America Tour" and will lead a prayer rally at noon on the Old Capitol steps.

* A coalition of liberal groups will offer a contrast to what they call Scott's "extremist agenda" at a press event they are calling "Awake the State." Participants include labor unions, Democratic legislators, Planned Parenthood and the Florida Alliance for Retired Americans.

* Dozens of residents of Homestead in South Miami-Dade are expected to arrive at the Capitol to lobby against what they call "anti-immigrant" bills, such as enacting criminal penalties for parents who try to come back to the U.S. to reunite with children after being deported.

* A House subcommittee will hold a hearing on legislation sponsored by Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach (HB 707), to legalize fantasy sports websites such as FanDuel and DraftKings.





[Last modified: Tuesday, January 12, 2016 10:32am]


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