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Split-screen Senate makes way for March Madness


[Scott Keeler / Times]

Lobbyists have their priorities in Tallahassee, which is not only the state capital but the home of the Florida State Seminoles, the consensus third-best basketball team in the Atlantic Coast Conference after Duke and North Carolina.

As the Senate debated another routine bill, the big-screen TV in the Capitol rotunda featured a split screen so people could monitor legislation and the ACC basketball tournament in Atlanta at the same time. As Sen. Jack Latvala of St. Petersburg explained a bill, the screen showed an opening round ACC tournament game between Boston College and North Carolina State. The lobbyist at right who's undoubtedly concentrating on the Senate is  H. Frank Meiners (AT&T, Associated Industries of Florida, Florida Cultural Alliance).