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Capitol Buzz: Five things to watch today in Tallahassee



It's the last day of scheduled meetings this week for the Florida Legislature. But don't start relaxing yet! We've got budgets, guns and more on tap.

* The Senate will take final votes on changes to Florida's Stand Your Ground law (SB 344), the 10-20-Life law governing mandatory minimum sentences (SB 228) and a ban on shooting guns in residential areas (SB 130). (1:30 p.m., Senate chamber)

* House and Senate appropriations subcommittees plan to unveil their proposals for next year's state budget. It's the first step in putting together that $80 billion bill, which will be officially introduced Friday. Senate committees meet at 10 a.m. and House committees meet between 12:30 and 5:30 p.m.

* A proposal to let people carry guns openly (HB 163) could advance to the floor of the House after a Judiciary Committee meeting. That same panel will consider a controversial bill (HB 43) to shield pastors and churches from lawsuits if they refuse to wed same-sex couples. (9 a.m., 404 House Office Building)

* The House Justice Appropriations Subcommittee will consider legislation (HB 179) to speed up the testing of rape kits. There is a backlog of 13,000 untested kits in Florida. (3:30 p.m., 102 House Office Building)

* One of Gov. Rick Scott's priorities this session -- greater price transparency in health care -- will have a hearing in the Senate Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee. At least, the Senate's version will. It doesn't go as far as the governor would like on enforcing price rules. (10 a.m., 401 Senate Office Building)


[Last modified: Wednesday, January 27, 2016 7:47pm]


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