Capitol Buzz for Thursday, 1/26
With an eye toward Thursday night's presidential debate, here's what we're watching on Day 17 of the legislative session.
Five Stories To Think About Today
* Santorum: Presidential candidate Rick Santorum is scheduled to attend the Florida Leadership Prayer Breakfast, where Senate President Mike Haridopolos and House Speaker Dean Cannon are expected.
* Senators are slated to take up a bill limiting use of phones and texting while driving.
* A Senate panel also looks at a bill to reduce hurricane assessments on homeowners' policies.
* Students and higher education advocates will "Rally in Tally" on tuition and other issues.
* Rep. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, has a news conference to demonstrate self-driving cars and promote his bill allowing their testing.
Three Issues You Missed Yesterday
* Animal rights activists who take secret pictures or videos to expose cruelty on farms will still legally be able to do so after lawmakers slashed “Ag-Gag” proposals in the House and Senate this week.
* With state House members hoping to move up to the state Senate and Senate Republicans hoping to retain a solid majority, there are many conflicting agendas emerging behind the Senate redistricting map.
Who To Watch Today/Quotable Quotes
* "Since you're presenting--you're presenting here, what if I started asking you questions about your sex life? About-" -Rep. Mack Bernard
"OK, I think, I think we're gonna go to Rep. Soto. Rep. Soto, you're recognized." -Chairman Eric Eisnaugle
"That's a real life line, chairman, that's a real life line right there. Chairman, I've been married 18 years and I'm asking, 'What sex life?'" -Mark Delegal