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Capitol Buzz: 5 things to watch today in Tallahassee

Here's what we're watching on Day 53 of the 2012 Legislature:

It's graveyard time for legislation. With only eight days left in the 60-day lawmaking session, only 27 of the 2,049 bills filed have been passed, according to a daily report compiled by the Florida Senate. Of those bills, five of them were symbolic memorials to Congress and two were the redistricting maps lawmakers are constitutionally required to pass.

The last of the budget conference committees could meet Friday. After that, Senate Budget Chairman JD Alexander and House Budget Chairwoman Denise Grimsley will likely take over the budget negotiations.

• The House is expected to take a final vote on a revamp of personal injury protection. On Thursday, the lower chamber tacked several amendments onto the proposal — a sign that the House and Senate are moving toward a similar position.

• The House will also hear 14 claims bills, including one that would award more than $10 million to Eric Brody, who was permanently injured in 1998 by a speeding Broward County Sheriff's deputy. (The Brody claims bill has already passed in the Senate.) Other claims bills would award money to the family of Juan Carlos Rivera, who was stabbed to death at Coral Gables Senior High School in 2009, and Aaron Edwards, a 14-year-old boy who suffered a severe brain injury during his birth at Lee Memorial Hospital.

• The Senate will take up a bill by Sen. Stephen Wise, R-Jacksonville, that would require minor incidents in schools be handled within the school's disciplinary system — and not in the juvenile justice system.

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Capitol Buzz: 5 things to watch today in Tallahassee 03/02/12 [Last modified: Friday, March 2, 2012 6:00am]
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