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From the staff of the Tampa Bay Times

Capitol Buzz for Monday, 1/30

30

January

Four Stories To Think About Today

 * Expect colorful artwork and the pitter patter of tiny shoes around the Capitol; it's the start of Children's Week hosted by the United Way of Florida.

* Speaking of kids, the Senate's Education Pre-K-12 Committee will discuss legislation that revises zero-tolerance policies so non-series crimes don't result in a student's arrest and another measure that creates a new governing body for private school athletics.

* U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland will hold a press conference on the steps of the Old Capitol to unveil legislation he will file in Washington that addresses the battle between the federal government and the state over water quality standards.

* Although presidential candidates have been praising Attorney General Pam Bondi's efforts to fight foreclosure fraud, a group of community and clergy leaders plan to deliver a statement to her office accusing her of going too soft on big banks who contributed to the crisis.

 

Three Issues You Missed Over The Weekend

The Florida House Redistricting Committee approved new maps for state House and Senate and Congressional districts Friday, but not without some fireworks.

* Gov. Rick Scott suspended Boynton Beach mayor Jose Rodriguez after Rodriguez was accused of corruption.

* Helped by $10m from casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, Gingrich says gambling is a "worry."

 

Who To Watch Today/Quotable Quotes

 * Tom Brokaw: to see if he'll push NBC to remove a Mitt Romney-backed ad using footage of him without permission.

[Last modified: Monday, January 30, 2012 6:03am]

    

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