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Capitol Buzz: Five things to watch today in Tallahassee



The House and Senate both plan to be in floor sessions most of the day, and budget negotiations are still ongoing, according to Senate President Andy Gardiner and House Speaker Steve Crisafulli.

* The Senate will vote on a controversial bill changing the state's alimony and divorce laws. Alimony recipients say it could hurt them, but it is supported by people who want to end lifetime alimony payments.

* After the House passed a medical marijuana expansion Thursday, the Senate is expected to take up the issue, possibly offering changes to agreed-upon compromise language.

* The Florida House will take up amendments and questions on the state's gaming compact with the Seminole Tribe. Senate leaders, however, have said they will not move forward with the Compact.

* The House plans to consider a list of "local bills," which are proposed by county delegations to address local issues. Among them is a proposal that would regulate ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft in Hillsborough County but prevent the county's Public Transportation Commission from blocking their drivers.

* Senators will consider amendments to a set of abortion restrictions, which passed the Florida House on Thursday. Among them are licensing requirements and a ban on any state money going to abortion clinics, even for other services.


[Last modified: Thursday, March 3, 2016 7:10pm]


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