6 things to watch at the Florida Legislature on Friday

Posted by MARC R. MASFERRER on April 25, 2014 

The clock is running out on the 2014 legislative session. There's only a week to go before the ceremonial handkerchief drops. Here's what to watch on Day 53:

-- Expect to see lots of lawmakers wearing puckered cotton suits. Today marks Seeksucker Day in the Florida Capitol.

-- More than 60 bills will be moving to the House floor, including a controversial proposal allowing certain public school employees to carry concealed weapons on campus (HB 753).

-- The House will vote on HB 7095, which would allow professional sports franchises to compete for $12 million in annual sales tax subsidies for construction and renovation projects. As of Thursday, the bill prohibits baseball teams from taking part -- unless Major League Baseball changes its rules on Cuban players. The bill is likely to pass.

-- The lower chamber is also expected to pass a sweeping pension reform bill along partisan lines. The proposal (HB 7181) combines the local and state pension overhauls.

-- The Senate, meanwhile, will consider SB 246, which deals only with local pension. (The upper chamber is cool to the idea of state pension reform.)

-- Among other controversial bills, the Senate will vote on a proposal to restrict abortions after a fetus is determined "viable" (HB 1047).

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