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Capitol Buzz: Five things to watch today in Tallahassee



It is the 30th day of the Florida Legislature's annual 60-day session, marking the halfway point. Here's a look at five things we will be watching today.

* The House and Senate both turn their attention to the state budget. Starting at 1 p.m., the full Florida House will convene to debate the proposed $80 billion budget. The full Senate goes into session at 1 p.m. to take up the spending plan.

* A $1 billion tax cut plan goes to the full House for debate. The tax plan includes a reduction in sales taxes on commercial leases and a 10-day sales tax free back to school shopping period. It doesn't include Gov. Rick Scott's top request: elimination of corporate income taxes on manufacturers and retailers. The Senate still has not said how much they will set aside for tax cuts.

* Florida's death penalty procedures will get another review before the House Judiciary Committee starting at 9 a.m. The Legislature is reviewing the state's death penalty procedures following the Hurst vs. Florida U.S. Supreme Court ruling earlier this year.

* Gov. Rick Scott holds a rally in the Florida Capitol at 10 a.m. to drum up support for his plan to invest $20 million into high school technical centers.

* Today is also a key fundraising deadline for state legislators and other state political committees. Candidates and committees must file reports that show how much money they raised and spent through Jan. 31.


[Last modified: Tuesday, February 9, 2016 6:26pm]


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