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Today in Tallahassee: House budget marathon, Senate Medicaid bill

TALLAHASSEE — Florida legislators will conduct a 10-hour marathon meeting to take up the House budget on Wednesday and the Senate will take its first vote on its version of the Medicaid reform bill.

The House Appropriations Committee is scheduled to meet from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. to vote on its budget and give hearing to several policy issues that were secretly tucked into the massive spending plan. Among them are plans to shift $330 million from the transportation trust fund to other programs, a plan to privatize prisons in Miami-Dade and Broward counties, and a measure to fund a two-tiered Supreme Court system.

The same committee will also hear bills to cut worker retirement benefits and streamline hundreds of regulations. The House Finance and Tax Committee takes up proposed constitutional amendments to limit property taxes, a plan to expand school vouchers, and a Senate proposal to have voters approve a state revenue cap.

In the Senate, the Health Regulation Committee will vote on the Senate's proposal to save Medicaid costs by putting all patients into managed care programs. The Senate Governmental Oversight Committee takes up a bill to create a new state agency devoted exclusively to the regulation of gambling and put unregulated Internet cafes under its jurisdiction.

Gov. Rick Scott meets with the Florida Chamber of Commerce for its International Days and travels to Cocoa Beach for the United Kingdom Aerospace Trade Mission in the afternoon.

Mary Ellen Klas can be reached at

Today in Tallahassee: House budget marathon, Senate Medicaid bill 03/30/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 30, 2011 10:50am]
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