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THURSDAY: Top five things to watch in Tallahassee

Thursday marks the third day of the Florida legislative session. Here are five things to watch:

* The Senate Fiscal Policy Committee holds a hearing on a bill to restrict cities from relying on their police departments to issue ticket quotas to balance their budgets. The bill (SB 264), by Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, is a reaction to ticket-writing policies by the North Florida cities of Hampton and Waldo.

* Speaking of transportation, the Senate Transportation Committee receives a report on the effectiveness of red-light cameras in Florida.

* Senate Democratic Leader Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa, holds a press conference on discrimination in Florida.

* The Senate Appropriations Committee holds a hearing on the subject of funding of charter schools.
 

* The full 120-member House holds a floor session and will take up a bill (HB 7035) setting March 15, 2016 as the date of Florida's next presidential preference primary.

(Steve Bousquet, Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau)

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