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Capitol Buzz: Five things to watch today in Tallahassee



Florida lawmakers have a jam-packed schedule Wednesday that includes controversial issues from gambling to public records. Here are five things to watch:

* The Senate Regulated Industries Committee will hear from the governor's office, the state's economist and a top official with the Seminole Tribe about the prospects of the $3 billion gambling deal negotiated by Gov. Rick Scott.

* Secretary of State Ken Detzner will provide an update on the status of the state's online voter registration efforts at a meeting of the Senate Ethics and Elections Committee.

* The Senate Education Pre-K-12 Committee hears about the "Best and Brightest" teacher bonus program. It will be the first test of the Senate's willingness to address the issue that has drawn criticism from the state's teacher's unions.

* The House Government Operations Subcommittee takes up a controversial measure aimed at reducing the award of attorneys fees by public agencies that violate the state's public records laws. The measure, HB 1021, by Rep. Greg Steube, is criticized by citizens groups and First Amendment advocates as an attempt to severely weaken the state's public record laws.

* The Senate Fiscal Policy Committee hears a bill to expand the ailments covered by the state's non-euphoric marijuana law. The measure is a top priority of the five growers who have won licenses to grow and cultivate the limited strains of cannabis for people with epilepsy, seizure disorders and cancer.

[Last modified: Tuesday, January 19, 2016 9:26pm]


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