Capitol Buzz: Things to watch today in Tallahassee
Let's face it. There's only one thing everyone's really watching for today -- that fun tradition that officially marks the end of the annual legislative session. But first, there is more work for lawmakers to finish.
* At (or after) 2:53 p.m., the House and Senate can vote on the 2016-17 proposed budget. Passing it completes the one obligation lawmakers are constitutionally required to accomplish.
* The Senate could take up the House's counter-offer on a major education bill, but with the clock running out, it's unclear how viable this legislation still is after the House made significant changes to it Thursday evening.
* When all the work is done, lawmakers will gather in the Capitol rotunda for the hankie drop. Republican Gov. Rick Scott plans to attend.
* Once Sine Die comes, Dr. John Armstrong -- Florida's surgeon general and top health official -- will be unemployed. The Senate declined to confirm his appointment, so Scott will have to name a replacement.