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Capitol Buzz: Five things to watch today in Tallahassee



Thursday is Day 38 of the Florida legislative session. Here are five things to watch:

* The full House will debate and is expected to pass a bill to fix the state's death penalty sentencing system to conform to a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision. The bill (HB 7101) would then go to the Senate.

* The Senate Appropriations Committee will hear more than two dozen bills dealing with such diverse issues as high school athletics, wrongful incarceration and preserving the site of the former Arthur Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, a reform school where dozens of boys were mistreated, assaulted and killed.

* The Senate Appropriations Committee will vote on a bill (SB 772) making it easier for Floridians to renew their concealed weapons permits by removing the requirement that they submit a notarized affidavit in a renewal application.

* The House Judiciary Committee will vote on a bill (HB 1868) to repeal Florida's ban on co-habitation, in effect since 1868, which makes it a crime for "a man and woman, not being married to each other, (to) lewdly and lasciviously associate and cohabit together."

* Florida TaxWatch holds a news conference to support economic development incentives and the role they play in the state's economy.


[Last modified: Wednesday, February 17, 2016 8:59pm]


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