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Capitol Buzz: 5 things to watch today in Tallahassee

Published Feb. 20, 2012

Here's what we're watching on Day 42 of the 2012 Legislature:

• The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to discuss a proposal that would prevent counties and cities from enacting ordinances that prevent wage theft by employers. It's a hot issue for Miami-Dade County, as negotiations over a wage protection ordinance have broken down. Worker activists and the business lobby began negotiating an agreement last month, but those talks have failed. The sponsor of SB 862 is Sen. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs.

• The same panel will consider a measure that changes the way the student member of the Florida Board of Governors is selected. That slot is currently reserved for the president of the Florida Student Association, an advocacy group that in the past has charged dues. But SB 1508, a proposed constitutional amendment sponsored by Sen. Bill Montford, D-Tallahassee, would allow the governor to appoint a student to the position for a one-year term. In an effort to keep the position student-elected, Sen. Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa, filed an amendment that would remove the FSA requirement and instead allow student body presidents to choose among themselves.

Changes to the Florida High School Athletic Association, the longtime governing entity of public and private school sports, are up for debate in the House Rules and Calendar Committee. HB 1403, sponsored by Rep. Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland, would require the FHSAA to establish guidelines for investigations and strengthen regulations over its investigators. It would also allow more children in private schools to play sports at public schools. State law limits that option to students who attend small private schools that do not have a sports program.

• The Senate Rules Subcommittee on Ethics and Elections will hold confirmation hearings for a slew of Gov. Rick Scott appointments to various state boards, including Gary Chartrand to the state Board of Education.

Kurt Browning is out and his replacement is in. Starting his new job as secretary of state today is Ken Detzner, Scott's choice to succeed Browning. Detzner is a former beer industry lobbyist who held the job briefly under former Gov. Jeb Bush. Browning, meanwhile, is back in Pasco County and pursuing his bid for school superintendent.

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