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Lawmakers return, and that mean$$$ ...

The Florida Legislature returns to work this week for a final round of committee meetings before the start of the regular 2012 session on Jan. 10. But in addition to their legislative committee work, many lawmakers are taking advantage of the chance to collect campaign cash during a time of taxpayer-funded travel. It's their last opportunity to do that before the fund-raising window shuts for a couple of months (legislators cannot raise money in Tallahassee during the regular session).

Here's the schedule for the first two days of the week. Unless otherwise noted, all events are at the Governor's Club in downtown Tallahassee.


4:30-6 p.m. Rep. Gary Aubuchon for Congress

4:30-6 p.m. Rep. Will Snyder for Martin County Sheriff

4:30-6 p.m. Reps. Eric Eisnaugle and Kelli Stargel

5:30-7 p.m. Rep. Darryl Rouson and Rep,. Alan Williams, Andrews 228

5:30-7 p.m. Adam Hasner for U.S. Senate, Fiorentino Group, 200 W. College Avenue


12-1 p.m. Rep. Doug Holder and Rep. Rob Schenck

4:30-6 p.m. Rep. Peter Nehr

4:30-6 p.m. Rep. Brad Drake, Florida Association of Realtors

4:30-6 p.m. Rep. Bill Hager and Rep. Clay Ingram 

5 p.m. Rep. Gayle Harrell at Florida Dental Association

5 p.m. Sen. Anitere Flores

5 p.m. Sen. John Thrasher

5-6:30 p.m. Rep. Franklin Sands for Broward County School Board at Clyde's & Costello's

5-7 p.m. Rep. Chris Dorworth

5:30-7 p.m. Rep. Barbara Watson and Rep. Cynthia Stafford at Clyde's & Costello's

5:30-7 p.m. Rep. Charles Van Zant at Florida Retail Federation

5:30-7 p.m. Sen. Thad Altman at Florida Restaurant Association

5:30-7 p.m. Senate Republicans Welcome Back Reception at Hotel Duval

5:30-7:30 p.m. Rich Glorioso for Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections at Clyde's & Costello's

-- Steve Bousquet