Capitol Buzz: Five things to watch today in Tallahassee
Abortion, transgender discrimination and gambling will all be part of a packed agenda on Tuesday in Tallahassee. Here are five things we will be watching:
* A law passed last year that would require women to wait 24 hours before having an abortion heads to the 1st District Court of Appeals for oral arguments at 9 a.m. The hearing comes after a pair of rulings last summer in which county judges blocked the law from going into effect.
* For the second day in a row, a Senate committee will try again to take up a nondiscrimination bill for LGBT Floridians. The Senate Judiciary Committee killed the bill on Monday on a 5-5 vote, but then through a procedural move brought it back to life to reconsider it again later today. That meeting begins at 4 p.m.
* Both the House and Senate hold hearings looking into a new state gaming agreement between the state and the Seminole Tribe of Florida. Gov. Rick Scott has been pushing the Legislature to approve the $3 billion deal he struck with the tribe in December, but lawmakers have so far proceeded cautiously on a deal that would expand gambling in the state. The House Regulatory Affairs Committee meets at 11:30 a.m. The Senate Regulated Industries Committee takes the same issue up at 1:30 p.m.
* School construction funding will be debated before the House Appropriations Committee. Miami Republican Rep. Erik Fresen has said he will propose limits on how school districts can use construction money because of his concerns of how districts are using the money. That panel meets at 3 p.m.
* A bill that would try to prevent clergy from having to perform same-sex marriages gets its second hearing in the Senate. The legislation is in response to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year that ruled same-sex couples had the right to marry. The Senate Community Affairs Committee takes up the bill (SB 110) at 10 a.m.