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Capitol Buzz for Thursday, 2/2

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February

Five Stories To Think About Today

* The House will take up reapportionment again today, setting up a likely vote on Friday. Although 10 hours have been blocked off the schedule for debate on the floor, representatives probably won't need all that time to discuss the House, Senate and Congressional maps.

 

* The issue of taxing goods that Floridians purchase via the Internet is coming up in the Senate. Two committees are scheduled to vote for the first time on different proposals that would require out-of-state, online-only retailers to collect and remit sales taxes.

 

* The Senate's plan to reform the state's no-fault auto insurance program is also scheduled for its first committee vote. So far, the House's much different approach to reforming personal injury protection, or PIP, is getting all the attention so expect a packed house at the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee meeting.

 

* Many of the Senate's budget subcommittees will meet again today as they continue shaping their funding priorities. These panels still await budget allocation numbers from Senate President Mike Haridopolos, who has promised them by the end of the week.

 

* Florida College System presidents representing the state's 28 community colleges will jointly appear before the House Education Committee. The same committee has already met with the State University System presidents to discuss higher education programming, funding and how to maximize resources.

 

Three Issues You Missed Yesterday

* Sen. Mike Fasano was removed as chairman of budget committee for opposing the leadership's prison plan.

State Sen. Jim Norman's chief of staff was accused of not filing tax returns for five years.

House Majority Leader Carlos Lopez-Cantera got blasted with phone calls yesterday by people asking for a caucus on medical marijuana.

 

Who To Watch Today/Quotable Quotes

 * Rep. Will Weatherford (R-Wesley Chapel), chair of the House Redistricting Committee, and Ron Saunders (D-Key West), House Minority Leader. Will they put aside their differences to finish up redistricting during today's 10-hour session?

[Last modified: Thursday, February 2, 2012 8:18am]

    

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