Capitol Buzz for Friday, 2/10
It’s a light day at the Capitol: Neither the House nor the Senate are in session, and there are no scheduled committee meetings.
Three Stories To Think About Today
* The State of Black Florida 2012 conference wraps up with a unity rally, a voting rights workshop and a town hall meeting during the day. In the evening, the legislative black caucus hosts its annual gala at the Leon County Civic Center in Tallahassee.
* First lady Michelle Obama will be in Orlando to talk about how families can implement healthy changes in their daily lives. She will also meet and have dinner with an Orlando-area family who have made changes to become healthier.
* The Revenue Estimating Conference meets at 9 a.m. to discuss the fiscal impact of several tax issues, including the communications services tax, unemployment compensation tax and online hotel websites.
Three Issues You Missed Yesterday
* Florida homeowners will receive an estimated $8.4 billion in relief in a mortgage servicing settlement in the form of principal reductions, mortgage refinancings, loan modifications and cash payments for those who lost their homes.
* The Florida Senate gave final approval to the state's political maps for the next decade and sent them to the attorney general and Governor for review. Soon after, a coalition of voter groups announced its intent to file a lawsuit and and the Florida Democratic Party filed another lawsuit challenging the congressional map as unconstitutional.
Who To Watch Today/Quotable Quotes
* "Well I don't know what you do to your stepchildren, and I hope they're not redheaded, but I'll tell you why we still treat them after 12 years. Because after 12 years, we're still waiting for them to be treated exactly the same as public schools." -Rep. Scott Randolph (D-Orlando), in response to an earlier comment calling charter schools the "stepchild" of the public school system during floor debate Wednesday on HB5001 R2A10.
* "This budget looks at only one side of the equation, folks. It's a half-budget. It's halfway, half-witted and half-hearted. And one more half-word that I can't say on the floor of the House." -Rep. Jeff Clemens (D-Lake Worth) speaking Thursday on collecting tax revenues during floor debate on HB5001.