5 things to watch Wednesday at the Florida Legislature

Posted by MARC R. MASFERRER on April 30, 2014 

TALLAHASSEE -- Florida legislative leaders hit the send budget on the 2014-15 state budget on Tuesday, giving lawmakers three days left in the session to review the $77.1 billion in spending plan before they take a vote on it late Friday.

That means the logjam of high profile bills that were awaiting progress on the budget will now move. Many of them will get a hearing on Wednesday, which makes for a busy day. Five things to watch are:

-- The Senate debates a bill, HB 851, to allow children of undocumented immigrants pay in-state tuition rates at Florida universities.

-- A proposal to open the school voucher program to additional students, SB 1512, will also be debated in Senate.

-- The House takes a final vote on SJR 1188, a constitutional amendment to let governors pick replacements for Supreme Court and appellate judges before their post is vacant.

-- The House is expected to take up a bill to allow for the legalization of medical cannabis, HB 843.

-- Gov. Rick Scott travels to Largo to meet hold a press conference on manufacturing with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

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