Five Things To Know for Wednesday's Legislative Session
Gov. Rick Scott will make at least three important decisions Wednesday. Here are five things to watch in the state Capitol:
* Scott has until midnight to act on three bills the Legislature sent him a week ago dealing with alimony, ethics in government and campaign financing. He hasn't tipped his hand on what he'll do, but he is firmly on record as pposed to raising maximum campaign contributions in campaigns, which the campaign finance bill (HB 569) does.
* If Scott vetoes any of the three bills, it is certain to strain his relationship with legislative leaders, and the question will be whether they will try to muster enough votes to override his veto.
* Democratic National Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a member of Congress from Broward County and a former legislator, will return to the Capitol to join her fellow Democrats in criticizing the House Republican leadership for refusing to consider accepting billions of federal dollars to expand the Medicaid program.
* It could be a long day in the House, where for the second straight day Democrats -- frustrated by the GOP's refusal to take up the Senate's Medicaid expansion bill -- may insist that Republicans read bills word-for-word.
* The Senate is scheduled to take up a bill making an assortment of changes in highway safety laws, including the possible creation of new Democratic and Republican specialty license tags. "I love specialty tags," said Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, sponsor of the bill. "I think they're great. It's a great way to make a statement."
- STEVE BOUSQUET (Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau)