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Capitol Buzz: Five things to watch today in Tallahassee

Sunrise in Tallahassee on Tuesday morning.

[SCOTT KEELER | Times]

Sunrise in Tallahassee on Tuesday morning.

12

January

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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