Capitol Buzz: Five things to watch today in Tallahassee
Thursday is Day 3 of the 60-day legislative session. Here are five things to watch:
* The Senate Children, Families & Elder Affairs Committee will review the quality of state mental health treatment facilities.
* The Florida Education Association, the state's largest teachers union, plans a noon rally to protest the reliance on standardized tests and what it says is the Legislature's support for voucher schools with little accountability and charter school chains driven by profits.
* The Senate Fiscal Policy Committee takes up a bill (SB 626) that cracks down on high-interest, so-called payday loans charged to military personnel.
* The House Finance & Tax Committee will discuss its tax cut strategy. Gov. Rick Scott wants lawmakers to cut taxes by $1 billion, mostly for businesses that pay taxes on rents and corporate income, but the idea faces long odds in the Senate.
* The House is in session at 4 p.m. and will take up bills dealing with water and learning disabilities that are scheduled to go to Gov. Rick Scott on Friday.