5 things to watch at the Florida Legislature on Wednesday

March 12, 2014 

TALLAHASSEE -- Florida Legislative leaders will get new insights into how much extra money they will have this year as economists meet Wednesday to put the final estimates on the revenue projections for the next fiscal year.

Five things to watch for Wednesday:

* The Senate Education Appropriations Subcommittee will consider three significant bills aimed at holding down the cost of tuition, including (SB 1148) that would eliminate inflation-based tuition increases and reduce what are known as “differential” tuition increases.

* The Senate Rules Committee will consider several bills, including a proposal (SB 220), filed by Sen. Geraldine Thompson, D-Orlando, that would make clear that discrimination is prohibited against pregnant women in such issues as employment.

* Gov. Rick Scott will travel to Panama City to highlight money for early childhood education in his budget at the Science and Discovery Center of Northwest Florida.

* Embattled Department of Economic Opportunity Secretary Jesse Panuccio has his confirmation hearing before the Senate Transportation, Tourism and Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee.

* State economists meet to revise general-revenue estimates and provide legislators with new projections for building their 2014-15 fiscal year budget.

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