TALLAHASSEE -- The controversial issue of pension reform will again take center stage at the Legislature Thursday. Here are five things to watch:
* Teachers, police, firefighters, prison guards and others will mobilize to oppose a bill that would make major changes to the state pension system. The public employees claim two pending bills (SB 1114 and HB 7173) would create "risky retirement plans" and will testify before the Senate Government Oversight and Accountability Committee and House Appropriations Committee.
* More and more substantive bills are moving through the budget-writing Appropriations committees at this point in the session. The Senate Appropriations Committee will consider two dozen bills, including a package of sales tax breaks and bills dealing with hospital trauma centers and professional sports franchises.
* State officials, legislators and religious leaders will speak at the Florida Faith & Freedom Council and Florida Right to Life 2014 Prayer Breakfast at the Tallahassee's Doubletree Hotel. Speakers include Ralph Reed of the National Faith & Freedom Coalition, a group that supports repeal of President Obama's Affordable Care Act.
* Gov. Rick Scott travels to Pinellas Park to honor Florida veterans at an honor medal ceremony at the Congressman C.W. Bill Young Armed Forces Reserve Center.
* Thursday is the next deadline for Scott and other statewide political candidates to report campaign-related contributions and expenditures.
Steve Bousquet, Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau,