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Capitol Buzz: Five things to watch today in Tallahassee



This is do or die week for a lot of issues in the Florida Legislature as lawmakers schedule their final committees and many bills either survive make it through or wait for another year. The House and Senate meet for lengthy floor sessions on Tuesday. Here's what to watch:

* The House has a hefty agenda as it takes up, among other things, a constitutional amendment to limit the terms of judges, a bill to remove the statues in Washington's Statutory Hall and a proposal to revise the way the governor hands out economic development money.

* The Senate Ethics and Elections Committee will vote on the confirmation of state Surgeon General John Armstrong and Department of Economic Opportunity Secretary Cissy Proctor.

* The Senate will vote on a bill to expand the ailments that allow patients to use medical marijuana.

* The Legislature's Office of Economic and Demographic Research will decide the economic impact of a the Senate gambling bill to expand and contract gambling permits, including allow six counties to add slot machines.

* House and Senate Republicans who formerly endorsed Jeb Bush will announce their support for Marco Rubio. 

[Last modified: Monday, February 22, 2016 7:13pm]


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