5 things to watch at the Florida Legislature on Wednesday

Posted by MARC R. MASFERRER on April 23, 2014 

From the Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau:

Both the House and Senate plan to spend Wednesday passing bills off their respective floors. The Senate session starts at 10 a.m. The House gets underway at 10:30 a.m. Here's what to watch on Day 51: -- The House will a vote on a bill seeking to restrict the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors. The bill had come under fire for a provision that would have prevented local governments from regulating the sale of tobacco products and e-cigarettes. But Rep. Bill Hager, R-Boca Raton, passed an amendment Tuesday that stripped the controversial language from the proposal. -- The Senate, meanwhile, will vote on a proposal that would increase the criminal penalties for killing or injuring a pregnant woman and her fetus (SB 162). -- Also up for a vote in the Senate: HB 513, which would allow Florida to appoint a state poet laureate. -- The Senate will discuss (but not vote on) SB 392, which would raise the speed limits on certain highways. The chamber will also take up SB 926, which preempts local regulation of wage theft. -- Be on the lookout for budget conference committee meetings. The meetings could take place before or after the floor session, and need only be noticed one hour before the start time.

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