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Capitol Buzz: Five things to watch today in Tallahassee



Florida's higher education system is on display in the Capitol Thursday as lawmakers, the governor and the Cabinet hear from the state's top university officials. Here are five things to watch:

* Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet hear presentations from the heads of Florida's 12 public universities, as well as Bethune-Cookman University, about plans for how they will meet the governor's "Ready, Set, Work" challenge.

* Senate President Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, who is advocating for more university opportunities for children with unique abilities, will address the board of governors of the State University System.

* U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who also chairs the Democratic National Committee, travels to Tallahassee to hold a press conference to discuss gun safety legislation, including bills moving through the Florida Legislature allowing open carry and guns on campus.

* The Florida Senate meets in session this afternoon and will take up several bills including a bill to reduce mandatory sentences for non-violent offenders and another to give people immunity from liability if they attempt to rescue an animal or child locked in a car.

* In the House, the Health and Human Services Committee takes up a long list of bills aimed at reforming health care practices -- from removing the certificate of need process for hospitals and creating recovery care centers for surgery patients, to allowing nurse practitioners to prescribe medications.


[Last modified: Wednesday, January 20, 2016 8:43pm]


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