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Capitol Buzz: Five things to watch today in Tallahassee



Welcome to the fourth week of session in Tallahassee. Here's what we're watching:

* Secretary Julie Jones of the Department of Corrections faces a confirmation hearing in the Senate Criminal Justice Committee. She began her term last January in the wake of reporting by the Miami Herald about violence and abuse at the state's prisons. (4 p.m., 37 Senate Office Building)

* Members of the Hillsborough County Delegation are trying to prevent local regulations over ridesharing companies like Uber. Rep. Dan Raulerson, R-Plant City, is trying to tie the Public Transportation Commission's hands, which the Local Government Affairs Subcommittee will consider. (11:30 a.m., 212 Knott)

* Senate Governmental Oversight and Accountability members will consider a proposal by Sen. Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa, to give state workers a 3 percent raise. (1:30 p.m., 401 Senate Office Building)

* A proposal to allow people to contract directly with doctors for primary care -- rather than using insurance -- will be heard by the Senate Health Policy Committee. (1:30 p.m., 412 Knott)

* Senators on the Criminal Justice Committee will consider requiring local police and sheriff agencies that use body cameras to set policies for storing data and when they should run. (4 p.m., 37 Senate Office Building)


[Last modified: Friday, January 29, 2016 6:59pm]


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