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Capitol Buzz: Five things to watch today in Tallahassee



Legislators return after a long holiday weekend with four days packed with activity. Here are five things to watch on Tuesday:

* Thousands of supporters of a controversial voucher-like education program will arrive in Tallahassee for a rally at the Florida Capitol. The event is organized by the "Save Our Scholarships Coalition" and other school-choice groups and the keynote speaker for the event is Martin Luther King III, son of the civil rights leader.

* The Senate will take up a bill to impose insurance requirements on ride-sharing companies life Uber and Lyft. The proposal, SB 1118, is filed by Sen. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs.

* This is the week for public records exemptions as several bills aimed at erecting new barriers to public records get a hearing. The first up, SB 1004, filed by Sen. Alan Hays, R-Umatilla, would create a new public-records exemption for video or audio recordings from security systems at state or local government buildings.

* A controversial bill to require abortion clinics to be licensed like hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers, similar to one that made headway in Texas, will get its first hearing in the Florida House. The measure, HB 233, is sponsored by by Rep. Carlos Trujillo, R-Miami.

* Health care issues will also get some traction in the Florida Senate as the Senate Health Policy Committee considers a bill, SB 212, by Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, to create "recovery care centers" by allowing patients at ambulatory-surgical centers to stay up to 24 hours, changing current law which prohibits patients from staying overnight.


[Last modified: Monday, January 18, 2016 6:48pm]


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