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Crist may decide on SB6; gaming deal, Medicaid also in spotlight

TALLAHASSEE — Many signs indicate that Gov. Charlie Crist will make a decision Thursday on controversial legislation that links teacher recertification and pay to student performance.

If that happens, all the Capitol will likely be abuzz, as the bill was widely supported by Republican leaders, including state party chairman Sen. John Thrasher, R-St. Augustine.

If not, Tallahassee will still have its hands full with a long roster of high-profile bills.

The Senate will vote on the state's $1 billion gambling deal with the Seminole Tribe.

A House committee moved forward a measure last week that would give the tribe the exclusive right to operate three cards games — black jack, chemin de fer and baccarat — at its five casinos in Tampa, Broward and Immokalee for five years. The casinos could also operate Class III slot machines for 20 years.

Meanwhile, the House takes up Rep. Dean Cannon's plan to put everyone in Medicaid in managed care.

Nicknamed "CannonCare," the legislation puts mandates on providers.

Cristina Silva can be reached at (850) 224-7263 or csilva@sptimes.com.

Crist may decide on SB6; gaming deal, Medicaid also in spotlight 04/15/10 [Last modified: Thursday, April 15, 2010 9:30am]
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