Capitol Buzz for Friday, 1/13
The first Friday of the 2012 legislative session shapes up as a quiet day.
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* The House Education Committee has invited the presidents of two of the state's flagship universities to discuss their missions. They are UF's Bernie Machen and FSU's Eric Barron (9 a.m. - 12 noon).
* More fallout from prison closings? It doesn't take long for a political brush fire to become a raging inferno in the Capitol, and the state's planned shutdown of seven prisons promises to be controversial.
* Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam pays a visit to an Orlando school to personally inspect the nutritional value of school lunches.
* Two Democratic House members, Reps. Darren Soto and Scott Randolph of Orlando, will hold a press conference on their legislation to remove the governor's power to fill vacancies in appointed or elected county offices.
* What's Gov. Rick Scott up to? The governor's schedule offers daily clues as to his priorities, through his selection of radio and TV appearances, speeches and other events.
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* Gov. Rick Scott. With STEM on the menu for his meeting with UF and FSU presidents, will we hear a rehash of anthropology-bashing?