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Capitol Buzz: Five things to watch today in Tallahassee



Wednesday is Day 37 of the Florida legislative session in Tallahassee. Here are five things to watch:

* The House has a full agenda for an afternoon session that begins at 1 p.m. On the calendar are bills that deal with school choice, "best and brightest" teacher scholarships and the court-ordered fix of the state's flawed death penalty sentencing system.

* The Senate Rules Committee will consider the so-called Pastor Protection Act, a bill that would allow clergy to refuse to perform same sex marriages for religious reasons.

* The Senate Regulated Industries Committee will take up one of the most heavily-lobbied issues of the session: whether to renew the gaming compact between the state and the Seminole Tribe of Florida.

* The League of Women Voters, which successfully sued the Senate over its flawed redistricting plans, holds its annual day of outreach, activism and celebration in the Capitol. It begins with an early-morning speech by Secretary of State Ken Detzner, the state's top elections official, and ends with a gala at the Old Capitol. League members plan a press event to oppose legislation to expand charter schools.

* It has been 15 months since Thaddeus Hamilton was the Democrats' sacrificial lamb as the candidate for agriculture commissioner against Republican Adam Putnam. Hamilton can't put that defeat behind him: The Florida Elections Commission on Wednesday could decide whether to impose more than $73,000 in fines on Hamilton, who faces 73 specific counts of campaign finance irregularities.



[Last modified: Tuesday, February 16, 2016 1:50pm]


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