Capitol Buzz: Five things to watch today in Tallahassee
Day 2 of the Florida legislative session is here. Here are five things to watch:
* Focusing on education, a Senate budget subcommittee considers a bill to let students count computer coding as a foreign language, and will discuss whether to use alternative exams in lieu of the Florida Standards Assessments, as well as how much local property tax money should be spent to increase spending for schools.
* Another Senate budget subcommittee will allow groups from across the state to make pitches for taxpayer dollars. The panel's chairman, Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, held a similar hearing last year.
* A House panel takes up a bill (HB 505) to allow Florida voters to use their concealed weapons license as a form of identification at the polls for future elections.
* The Florida Chamber of Commerce kicks off its annual two-day Capitol Days with speeches and panel discussions focusing on major issues facing the Legislature.
* Senate President Andy Gardiner will speak at the annual dinner of Florida TaxWatch at the Hotel Duval.