Capitol Buzz for Thursday, 1/19
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.
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* 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.
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* "[...] 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.