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Capitol Buzz: 5 things to watch today in Tallahassee

Here's what we're watching on Day 22 of the 2012 Legislature:

Legislators have a full day of committee hearings, but the biggest story is the fight for votes — and delegates — in the GOP presidential primary. The latest polls show Mitt Romney pulling ahead of Newt Gingrich with nearly 600,000 Republicans casting ballots early. But it ain't over until polls close at 7 p.m.

In Gadsden and Washington counties, voters will also decide whether or not to allow slot machines at racing facilities. Other counties have scheduled similar referendums scheduled later this year, so the results — and ensuing court battles — will be closely watched.

Back at the Capitol, a controversial proposal to privatize 30 prison facilities will be discussed on the Senate floor this afternoon, setting up a likely vote on Wednesday. Opponents will be out in full force and have scheduled a press conference outside Senate chambers right before the session begins.

The full Senate also is expected to discuss a measure that would allow prayer and other types of inspiration messages during public school events.

On the House side, two abortion bills get another hearing: one that bans procedures after 20 weeks and another that prohibits a provider from performing a procedure based on a child's sex or race.

What should we talk about tomorrow? Tweet to us @PoliticsTBTimes.

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