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Capitol Buzz: 5 things to watch today in Tallahassee

Here's what we're watching on Day 15 of the 2012 Legislature:

• Abortion: A House panel is scheduled to take up bills restricting abortions in the third trimester, always a hot ideological topic.

• The Parent Empowerment Act, a.k.a. Florida's parent trigger law, has its first two hearings by senators and House members. The bill would allow parents at low-performing public schools to petition the school district for sweeping reforms — or even have the school converted into a charter.

• Prison privatization: House justice appropriations committee members take on their version of bills calling for prisons to be run by for-profit companies.

• School sports head injuries: Senators consider a bill requiring more information be given to parents about risks of head injuries, and mandating athletes be removed from play until they can be examined.

• Press skits: Here's a shameless plug for the annual show by the press corps skewering the people we cover — and vice versa ( It's 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at The Moon in Tallahassee, and serves as a scholarship fundraiser.

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