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Five Things To Know for Friday's Legislative Session

When the Senate’s away, the House will debate. Senators have the day off, but the House will take up several bills on Friday.

 Here are a few things to look out for:

 The House hits the floor for what could be a long session Friday, debating the budget and several other  issues. After the House leadership released an alternative to Medicaid expansion, the budget picture has shifted slightly. Democrats say they will no longer hold a “caucus position” to vote against the budget, but that doesn’t mean they love the plan. The Florida Democratic Party slammed the expansion alternative as “a day later and a dollar short.”

 Other bills on the House agenda include a ban on drones, changes to the alimony law and tuition costs for U.S.-born children of undocumented immigrants.

 The Republican Party of Florida will hold its quarterly board meeting in Orlando beginning Friday in Orlando.

 The Revenue Estimating Conference will look at the impact of changing the state’s red light camera laws.

 Gov. Rick Scott will go to Ponte Vedra Beach to present Tim Tebow with the “Great Floridian” award.

-Toluse Olorunnipa (Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau)