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Daily Digest for Friday, 1/20

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After a whirlwind of a week, members of the Florida Senate return home to their districts on Friday while the House gets to work on the nitty gritty of mapmaking. But aside from that, there's not a whole lot going on in Tallahassee today.


Two Stories To Think About Today

* Redistricting -- The House Redistricting Committee schedules a marathon 7-hour meeting to workshop its three proposals for redrawing state House seats and its three proposals for congressional seats.

* Medicaid -- The Long-term Care Managed Care Technical Advisory Workgroup conducts a hearing on moving elder care into managed-care plans as part of the state's Medicaid reform. 


Three Issues You Missed Yesterday

* A Senate panel backed Internet cafes in an 8-1 vote, dealing a blow to Sen. Thrasher's gambling argument.

* A bill to stop credit checks as a part of the employment process for those not in the finance industry passed the Commerce and Tourism Committee on Thursday morning.

* Rep. Fresen divulged a set of amendments about the House version of a controversial gambling bill, although the amendments themselves differ quite a bit from the ones passed last week in the Senate version of the bill.


Who To Watch Today/Quotable Quotes

* "And I have enough respect for our citizens to not think that they become lobotomized zombies the minute they walk into an Internet Cafe." -Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla on the regulation of internet cafes (CS/SB 380) at the Senate Regulated Industries Committee meeting Thursday.