The Buzz

From the staff of the Tampa Bay Times

Capitol Buzz for Friday, 2/3

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February

Four Stories To Think About Today

* The proposal to bring three resort casinos to South Florida gets its first – and possibly only – House hearing in the Business and Consumer Affairs Subcommittee. The House is more conservative than the Senate, where the measure has passed one committee but still faces sharp criticism.

* The House's Rulemaking and Regulation Subcommittee will discuss a proposal that awards college credit in exchange for military experience and another on the so-called "Parent Empowerment Act" that would allow parents to direct reforms at failing schools.

* The Florida Commission on Ethics will consider a recommendation that former state Juvenile Justice chief Frank Peterman of St. Petersburg be fined $5,000 for travel abuses.

* The Legislature will ask a court to block four lawmakers from having to give sworn statements in a voting rights lawsuit. The case is before U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle in Tallahassee.

 

Three Issues You Missed Yesterday

* A pair of bills to tax online sales--aimed at retailers like Amazon and eBay--advanced in Senate.

* Seven pending foreclosure fraud cases are now threatened because of a court ruling, Attorney General Pam Bondi said Thursday.

Healthcare reform saved Floridians $142 million, feds say.

 

Who To Watch Today/Quotable Quotes

Rep. Erik Fresen (R-Miami), the House sponsor of the major casino bill that may struggle in committee.

[Last modified: Friday, February 3, 2012 6:17am]

    

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