The Buzz

From the staff of the Tampa Bay Times

Capitol Buzz for Thursday, 1/19

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January

It was a busy and tense day for announcements Wednesday, but Florida lawmakers have an even more jam-packed day Thursday with more than 20 committee meetings scheduled as Gov. Rick Scott meets with retailers and tourism officials.

 

Five Stories To Think About Today

* Tourists -- President Obama travels to Walt Disney World in Orlando and will announce an agreement to allow visa waivers for visitors from Brazil to Florida.

* Insurance -- The Senate Banking and Insurance Committee takes up a number of bills dealing with workers compensation and Citizen's Property Insurance.

* Nature -- The Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee hears a bill that will allow companies to buy the naming rights to the state's greenways and trails.

* Gambling -- The Senate Regulated Industries Committee will decide on the fate of two conflicting bills -- one would ban so-called internet cafes that operate slot machine look-alikes, the other would regulate them.

* ALFs -- The Senate Children and Families Committee takes up a bill to increase regulation on assisted living facilities.

 

Three Issues You Missed Yesterday

 * Senate President Mike Haridopolos endorsed frontrunner Mitt Romney for the Republican Presidential Primary on Wednesday, citing negative attacks against the candidate.

* Ash Williams was unanimously reaffirmed as state pension chief at a Cabinet meeting. Williams also spoke to the press about his ordeal with Sen. Mike Fasano afterward.

* Another position upheld: Ken Detzner was named Kurt Browning's successor as Secretary of State in a press conference by Gov. Rick Scott.

 

Who To Watch Today/Quotable Quotes

 * "[...] The State of Florida got two free helicopters because Georgia didn't get this process right. So we got these black-and-red-painted Hueys that are now going to be orange and blue flying over." -Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam, while responding to the Law Enforcement Consolidation Taskforce presentation Wednesday morning at the Cabinet meeting.

[Last modified: Thursday, January 19, 2012 6:33am]

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