Daily digest for 1/17
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Welcome back from the three-day weekend, everyone. Here's your first Daily Digest from the second week of Session.
Five Stories To Think About Today
* Redistricting -- The Senate will take up its proposed redistricting maps for the state Senate and Congress in the first of three days of scheduled floor debates. No amendments have been filed and lawmakers are expected to vote the measures out and send them to the House on Wednesday.
* Water Supply -- The Florida Everglades Foundation hosts its first Water Supply Summit, featuring panel discussions with Gov. Rick Scott, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, Senate President Mike Haridopolos, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Everglades Foundation Chairman Paul Tudor Jones. Addressing the legislature's Everglades Caucus as part of the two-day long summit will be former U.S. Sen. Bob Graham.
* Internet Cafes -- The House Business and Consumer Affairs Committee has scheduled a hearing on a bill aimed at closing the so-called Internet Cafes, which rely on a loophole in the state's sweepstakes law to operate internet-based slot machines.
* Insurance -- The House Insurance and Banking Subcommittee will take up a series of bills related to the state's property insurance market, including proposals to limit the exposure of Citizens Property Insurance.
* Nursing Homes -- The House Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee will take up a bill that sponsors say reduces duplicative nursing home regulations but opponents say weakens the state's oversight of nursing homes.
Three Issues You Missed Friday
* Bad news for school construction. Because of a decrease in revenue, it looks like there won't be any new money for school maintenance or construction for the next few years.
* Eight days before Florida polls open, 107,779 Florida Republicans have already cast ballots. And this number is of Friday--as of 1:11 p.m. Monday, according to the same source, 121,027 ballots have been cast. For comparison, there were 122,000 ballots cast in the Iowa Caucus.
* And back to education: a bill to allow school bus advertising is making its rounds in House committees. The next vote for the Senate version is scheduled for Thursday. Video.
Who To Watch Today/Quotable Quotes
* The Everglades Caucus. From having former Senator Bob Graham speak in the morning to a major discussion of Florida water supply in the afternoon, it's shaping up to be a busy day for the coalition.