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Capitol Buzz: Five things to watch today in Tallahassee



It's expected appropriations chairmen Sen. Tom Lee, R-Brandon, and Rep. Richard Corcoran, R-Land O'Lakes, will start public meetings as part of budget negotiations today. And both the House and Senate will be in session on the floor.

* The bulk of the House's health care agenda will be up for a vote, including direct primary care, telemedicine and allowing advanced registered nurse practitioners and physicians' assistants to prescribe medications. (10:30 a.m., House chamber)

* House members will vote on the Pastor Protection Act, which is designed to make religious groups exempt from lawsuits if they refuse to solemnize same-sex weddings. Senators will consider amendments to the bill, including a compromise struck with gay rights groups. (10:30 a.m., House chamber; 10 a.m., Senate chamber)

* A so-called "train" of education proposals is working its way through the Senate, where it could be amended. In the bill are Best and Brightest teacher bonuses, as well as changes to capital funding for charter schools. (10 a.m., Senate chamber)

* The House will consider an expansion to medical marijuana in the state. Under the expansion, approved growers could sell marijuana to terminal patients. (10:30 a.m., House chamber)

* The Florida Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on a stay of execution for Mark James Asay, who was convicted of murdering two men in Jacksonville 29 years ago and is scheduled to be put to death March 17. (9 a.m., Supreme Court)


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