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Five Things To Know for Friday's Legislative Session

TALLAHASSEE -- A legislative week marked by the Senate's fast passage of an ethics reform bill will end with a senator formally answering ethics charges.

Here are five things to watch on Friday:

* The case of Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, R-Miami, will come before the Commission on Ethics. He's accused of not including his checking account on a financial disclosure form. The ethics bill (SB 2) that cleared the Senate on the session's first day would allow elected officials a 60-day grace period to make changes to their financial disclosure forms. The senator's lawyers have asked that the case be dismissed.

* The House Finance & Tax Subcommittee considers a proposed sales tax rebate that would pay for football-friendly improvements to the stadium where the Miami Dolphins play. The bill (HB 165) is sponsored by Rep. Eddy Gonzalez, R-Hialeah.

* Gov. Rick Scott hits the road for an event in Orlando at which he will promote an item in his proposed budget seeking to reduce the waiting list for people with developmental disabilities.

* The House Appropriations Ccommittee takes up proposed changes to public employees' pension plans in HB 7011, a priority of House Speaker Will Weatherford.

* Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, is the guest of the Capital Tiger Bay Club, meeting in Tallahassee.

- Steve Bousquet, Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau